Patrick Lindel Gipson and Brigida Gipson were two Americans who united in holy matrimony and started a family together.
Their ‘first child’ were actually children, as Brigida birthed twin boys! Born on August 16th, 1972, Patrick is the eldest twin. Patrick’s parents grew the American family with three more children. Full household, indeed!
The Gipson's are a multicultural family. Patrick's father is of Irish decent and his mother is of Mexican American descent. The Gipson siblings were raised primarily by their mother and maternal grandmother, Estefana Acosta. Patrick Sr. had an eleventh-grade education and struggled with alcoholism/chemical dependency, which kept the family in poverty. Despite the instability and financial hardship, Patrick forged a powerful bond between himself and his siblings, instilling in him a lifelong emphasis on family.
During the economic recession of the early 1980s, Patrick’s family was left homeless, and resorted to life at a campground in Bouquet Canyon near Santa Clarita, California. Patrick, only 8 years old at the time, remembers these difficult experiences with a certain fondness. They were tough times, but they provided some of Patrick’s most important life lessons. In an instant, the fear and uncertainty of homelessness were undone by the generosity of a Christian family - also struggling through financial hardship - who took in Patrick’s entire family, and fostered them until they could get on their feet again. For an impressionable 8-year-old, what it meant to walk in faith instead of merely talking about it was made permanently clear.