First Lady Chaste'y Rayford-Gibson is a native of Sumter, SC. She is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy.
She has intensive studies in voice, violin and string bass. First Lady Chaste’y Rayford-Gibson resides in Sumter, SC and is married to Bishop Anthony Gibson. They are the proud parents of two sons, Collin Anthony and Corbin Charles. First Lady Gibson was ordained Elder June 18, 2014. She currently serves as the Youth Director and Choral Director for Grace Cathedral Ministries in Sumter, South Carolina and the National Youth President of the Grace Cathedral Christian Fellowship, Inc. First Lady Gibson has a passion for youth and has served youth in ministry for over fourteen years.
First Lady Gibson is the String Orchestra Program Instructor for Williamsburg County School District. Before working with Williamsburg County Schools, First Lady Gibson was a Music Therapist for The Ark Alzheimer’s Unit in Cayce, SC. Along with working for the public school system, she also is the owner and operator of Music & Me Studios in Sumter, SC. First Lady Gibson is a member of several organizations and associations, including the National Association of Women’s Business Owner’s. In its tenth year of operation, Music & Me Studios employs seven and provides private and group instruction to adults and children in brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, strings, guitar and voice. The motto “Note by Note Transforming Lives”, Music & Me Studios will provided its first set of summer instruction in 2014 through the Estelle Rayford Empowerment Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation was founded in memory of First Lady Gibson’s grandmother and first piano teacher. When time permits, First Lady Gibson enjoys traveling and conducting Choral Workshops for churches across SC, NC, FL and GA.
First Lady Gibson is also a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is the CEO of the Leading Ladies and travels speaking to women about the Empowered Woman "Beautiful Inside Out" Psalm 139:14
First Lady Gibson was a very energetic student at Charleston Southern University. A member of various clubs and organizations, she was very active in the Student Government Association and a Charter Member of the CSU Marching Band. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She was also employed by Residential Life as a Resident Assistant for two years. In 1997, First Lady Gibson was crowned CSU Miss Homecoming Queen. She also won the titles of Miss Charleston Southern University 1998 and Miss Columbia 2000. She was a Top Ten Contestant in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in 1998 and a Semi Finalist in 2000.
Taking all of her life experiences she reaches out to young people encouraging them to always strive for excellence. Her personal motto “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” 1 John 5:4