Larry Gipson

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Larry Gipson

Laurence A. Gipson (born October 23, 1942, died July 29, 2021) was a former Episcopal priest and later a Roman Catholic priest.

Gipson began attending Episcopal services as a teenager. He pursued theological studies with a Master of Divinity from Yale University.

Gipson served as Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982 to 1994. He left to head St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas; the denomination's largest parish. While there he oversaw construction of a new $20 million church building. He retired in 2008.

After retirement, Gipson began studying Catholic theology, earning a second master's at the University of St Thomas in Houston. In 2012 Gipson was accepted as a priest candidate in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, a branch of the Roman Catholic Church whose purpose is to accommodate conversions of former Episcopal priests. In 2013 he was ordained priest. He and his wife, Mary Frances, attended the Ordinariate's headquarters church in Houston, Our Lady of Walsingham. As a priest he served this church and later, St. Gregory the Great in Mobile, Alabama. He died in Mobile.

Preceded by:
Brinkley Morton
Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent
Succeeded by:
Paul Zahl


  • Garrison, Greg (November 29, 2012) "Former dean of Advent Cathedral in Birmingham and ex-rector of nation's largest Episcopal church jumps to Catholic Church" The Birmingham News
  • Garrison, Greg (July 31, 2021) “Former Advent Cathedral dean and pastor to President Bush dies” The Birmingham News