Married to fellow African American Eloyce Gist who he worked on Hell Bound Train with. According to the Women Film Pioneers project, Gist was Christian evangelical while his wife Eloyce was of the Bahá’í faith. The couple had a goal of producing entertaining films with strong moral and spiritual mission. Both worked together to find audiences in the African American community and churches, ran low budgets with non-professional actors and made 16mm films to accompany religious services.
Morgan, Kyna. "Eloyce King Patrick Gist." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013.
For a discussion of the Gists and Amateur Relgious filmmaking see: Tepperman, Charles. Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Moviemaking, 1923-1960. University of California Press, 2014.