“God So Loved the World”

“God So Loved the World”

Dear HLPC family,

We are well underway into the Advent season here at HLPC.  I hope you are making plans to join us this Sunday night at 6:30PM as our Sanctuary and Bell choirs present “God So Loved the World.”  They have all been working very hard to offer us a night of music celebration of God’s greatest gift—His Son, Jesus.  Not to be missed is the reception that follows with great food to enjoy.   Please come and invite friends and family.  More info is below.

As is our tradition here at HLPC we will have our Christmas Eve Candlelight service on December 24th at 5:30PM.  This will be a brief service of singing Christmas carols, Scripture reading, a brief message, and will be concluded by singing by candlelight.  It’s one of our favorite gatherings here at HLPC and I hope you can make it a part of your own Christmas celebration.  All are welcome!

May God give us grace to enjoy this season of Advent.  It’s still a time of year when many will sing of the birth of Christ but not grasp what they are actually singing. This gives us open doors for the gospel.  Let’s pray the Lord uses this annual cultural moment to open hearts to embrace the Savior, Jesus Christ.

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!).