Bishop Ron Gibson: "I'm Going All In for Season 2"
Bishop Ron Gibson has never shied away from controversy. His daring style, his ‘shacking’ debacle, his struggles with his drug-addicted sister Shaun, and his amazing turn-of-phrase all put the spotlight square on him in Season 1.
Now, he’s back for another drama and spirit-packed season, and he promises to be more transparent, even more brazen (he will actually be visiting another rough neighborhood from his past), and more faithful than ever before. Read the full Q&A below!
How have you been since Season 1?
Since season 1, I’ve been busy, and excited about Season 2. The show has been eye opening and inspiring for me.
The show gave me a larger audience to reach people who were hopeless. God offers hope to them. When you’re hopeless, you’re helpless. Through the show, I got a larger audience to reach. I had the chance to cross over while taking the cross over, if you know what I mean. I'm taking the spiritual to the secular. The cross is God’s way of saying that no matter what you’ve done, no matter where you’ve been in life, there is hope for you.
What is the most meaningful feedback that you’ve gotten from the show?
Shaun's drug addiction story has been an inspiration to many, and you’ll see that on Season 2. Many people have given me feedback from all over the world. For example, I was in the Dominican airport on the way to the states, and a gentleman came up to me and said “how is your sister Shaun?” He was Caucasian doctor. It surprised me, the spectrum of people who watch the show. He loves that we make the word of God practical and relevant to the times we live in. To see Shaun go through the stages of her transformation was very inspiring to many, and you’ll be seeing more of that.
How do you handle the negative feedback?
I discovered the more influence someone has, the larger target on their back. You can please some people sometimes, but not everyone all the time.
What is the hardest part about having your personal life on display?
There is a fine line between thy kingdom come and my kingdom come. We have to be mindful of the fact that it is a TV show, but we’re also preachers and we don’t want to make our relationship with God self-serving. We’re not using God. We don’t want to get into idolatry. We just want make sure that when they see my glory, they understand my story.
I want people to see that Ron Gibson is a work in progress, he didn’t just pop out overnight, fighting lions and bears. I went through many tests before I got here, and now I am able to tell that story. We are preachers, but we have problems just like everyone else. At the end of the day, God gives us faith and peaceful resolve.
Are we going to be seeing a different side of Ron Gibson this time?
Well, I go into the projects where a traumatic event took place in my childhood. I try to convey to those young people who were perpetuating gang activity that there is another life to live. I took a big step going into that neighborhood. I’m being more transparent, more sympathetic and empathetic. Socially I’m trying to just communicate that they can have a strong marriage, a good career, and be goal oriented, and avoid self-imposed restrictions that were put on their lives. I’m going all in for Season 2. You can give without loving and you can love without giving, but if you love someone for real, you’ll give until it hurts. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
At this point, do you consider yourself friends with the rest of the cast?
I would say at this point, I’m associates with them and I’m getting to know them. I don’t have many friends perse. I’m getting to know them on a personal level. Put it this way: I’ve learned what to do, and what not to do.
What will you be doing premiere night?
I’ll be in bible study, DVRing it! Then, I’m going to get some popcorn and watch it with LaVette!
Watch a Sneak Peek of Preachers of L.A. Season 2, featuring Bishop Gibson!