Robert Gibson, the son of Rev. William Gibson, was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, October 1, 1793. He came to America with his parents, in 1797, studying under his father and became an excellent scholar. He studied in the Seminary in Philadelphia and was licensed by the Middle Presbytery, June 5, 1818. He was ordained the pastor of Little Beaver, Pennsylvania, congregation, September 6, 1819. He resigned this charge, October 16, 1830, and moved to take the charge of Second Reformed Presbyterian, in New York City, May 18, 1831. At the division of 1833, Gibson chronicled the departing and declining course of the New Light party. Despite failing health, Gibson stood for the old Covenanter testimony until his death, in New York City, December 22, 1837. He wrote several pamphlets defending the Old Light position of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.