‘Legal missionary’ will close annual meeting
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Baptists will hear from one of the most well-known people in the Christian law community during the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) at Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach.
David Gibbs III, a Florida attorney who is best known for his role defending the life of Terri Schiavo, will be the final speaker at the 173rd annual meeting Oct. 29-31. Gibbs is scheduled to speak around 11:40 a.m. on the final day.
Gibbs is an attorney with the Gibbs Law Firm based in Tampa, Fla. As lead counsel for Schiavo’s parents, he was cast into the national spotlight in 2005 as the parents and her husband fought over ending the woman’s life.
He may be known to Missouri Baptists in another capacity. In the weeks leading up to an April 10 board meeting, Gibbs was an advisor who helped craft the writing of the Investigating Committee Report of the MBC which led to the dismissal of then-Executive Director David Clippard.
Gibbs graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. before earning a J.D. degree from Duke University. He works frequently with the Christian Law Association (CLA), which his father, David Gibbs II, founded. CLA is a ministry that provides free legal help to Bible-believing Christians and churches facing legal difficulty in practicing their faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion or prohibition.
A “legal missionary,” Gibbs is speaking on Christianity and public policy issues. The Legal Alert, his radio program, is broadcasted across the country, and he has appeared on numerous news and talk shows including “Larry King Live,” “Hannity and Colmes” and “Face the Nation.” He has written several books, including Keeping Christ in Christmas and Fighting for Dear Life: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo and What it Means for All of Us.