Thursday: General Session
The daughter of an East Texas pioneer minister, Royal D. Gibson, and his wife, Eula, Vesta Layne Mangun is a featured speaker at conferences and camp meetings across our nation and around the world. In addition, she is an anointed vocalist and musician. She has five professionally recorded musical projects and was invited to sing at the inauguration of two Louisiana Governors. She has also published two books and two pamphlets: “The Best of Vesta Mangun,” “Vesta Mangun Continues,” “Desire,” and “Charge!” In 2015, she was honored to be selected as one of the YWCA 2015 Decades of Women (Central Louisiana area) representing women of the 80s decade (of age).
Along with her husband and infant son, she moved to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1950 to pastor The Pentecostals of Alexandria. At the time, some 35 members voted them in. Today their church is a 2500 seat facility that is a beacon to the city of Alexandria. She is the widow of Rev. G.A. Mangun, with whom she spent 67 years of marriage. She has a son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.