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“Always praying for your best."

Du Warren


Rev. Du Warren Gibson Sr.

Du Warren Gibson Sr., proclaiming the good news about the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Through the aid of prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Gibson was given the permission and the provisions to establish The Word of Life Christian Ministries.  WOLCM is bringing the gospel and Biblical Teachings to the surrounding communities of Chicago in a contemporary and relevant approach to IMPACT and empower believers for an enriched and abundant life!

Du Warren is a Chicago native. He was involved in many neighbor projects and attended church at the Sunrise Baptist Church at an early age with his mother.  In 1984, Pastor Gibson graduated from the Morton Upper Grade Center and received the American Legion School Award presented by the late Mayor Harold Washington.   


In June 1989, he successfully completed the high school education program at Rezin Orr High School; graduating with honors in the Principal Scholars Program. In 1994, he was appointed to the First Teacher of Brotherhood Union at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. He received the Bachelors of Science Degree in June 1996 from DePaul University.   In 1998 Pastor Gibson was nominated as a member of the Metropolitan MBC Board of Trustee. 

In 1999, Du Warren and 19 others believers followed the appointed vision of Reverend Dr. Craig M. Smith to organize a church named Freedom Baptist Church of the Greater Chicago Area.  On April 9, 2000, 421 members joined on the first day and now Freedom is a thriving church with a current membership over 2,000 members.   

On February 25, 2001 Du Warren announced his calling to ministry and was appointed youth pastor.  On June 14, 2001 (Fathers Day), he was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

As a member of the Freedom Baptist Church, Du Warren served as team leader to oversee and manage a 1.6 million dollar church renovation project.  He also served as the Children’s Church pastor and teacher for six years. During this pastorate period, Du Warren ministered to hundreds of youth that came to Christ.  He also served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.  

In June 2003, Du Warren received the Masters of Arts in Christians Ministries Degree from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of Lombard Illinois.  During his studies at NBTS, he received esteem honors to be on the Dean’s List.  Du Warren is presently serving as Lead Pastor of The Word of Life Christian Ministries. WOLCM was birthed on April 7, 2007 and continues to make an impact for Christ. 

During the year 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Du Warren received a community service reward from Health Care Service Corporation for sacrificing and volunteering his time to support various communities.  

Du Warren is an industry leader in the Information Technology field for Big Data and Content Management.   He serves on various organization's boards.  He has been married to Erica for over 20 years.  They are the parents of 3 children.   

Du Warren is a blessing to all who know him.  He labors with love and passion.  He is spiritually competent and yields to the voice of God for direction and leadership. He is committed to excellence in the Kingdom of God and serves with gladness.

Du Warren Gibson Sr.

Lead Pastor

Erica Gibson

Director of Women's Ministry

Our Foundation

  • The True God: We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, yet one in substance and equal in every divine perfection. (Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)

  • God the Father: God the Father – We believe in the deity of God the Father, who is coequal in substance and power with the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the first person of the Trinity and has existed eternally. (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 83:18; Matthew 28:19, 20; John 5:19-27; Romans 8:15; James 1:17)

  • Jesus Christ: We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is divine as no other man can be being very God of very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He has never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity that as a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born through the virgin Mary.

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