A Shout Out to Our VBS and Youth

A Shout Out to Our VBS and Youth

Dear HLPC family,

I want to offer one last word of thanks to all who worked at our Vacation Bible School last week.  I believe God answered our prayers for a great week.  We saw great participation from every age group in the church.  Thank you to those who led, taught, and served the kids of our church and community in our first post-COVID VBS!

Our youth were of immense help last week and yesterday they were hard at work again, this time washing cars!  Thanks to all who came and supported this fundraising effort for youth ministry opportunities this summer.  Shane Hall, our Youth Director, tells me that $951 was raised!

Speaking of Shane Hall, he has decided that he needs to step back from serving as our Youth Director here at HLPC. Shane, as you may know, is a full-time history teacher, a relatively new Dad, and is also doing doctoral work in education. His plate is more than full and he needs more space.  We are thankful to God for Shane and Christina’s ministry to our youth. While this move is sad for us it is certainly understandable given his full plate. Shane will finish out the summer leading our youth ministry.  Please pray for us as a church as we seek to fill this position and continue the good work God has been doing here at HLPC!

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).