A native of Albany, Georgia, Gilbert is an ordained Baptist pastor. Gilbert holds a B.A. from American Baptist College, an M.Div. from Howard University, an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School, and M.A. from United States International University, an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a Ph.D. from Regent University. He is married with one daughter.
Gilbert was commissioned an officer in the Navy in 1969. He served as Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard from 1998 to 2002 before retiring in 2006. Currently, he is serving as a pastor in Washington, D.C..
- "Reverend Leroy Gilbert, Ph.D" (PDF). University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Retrieved 2011-09-30.