Greetings from Twin Lakes

Greetings from Twin Lakes

Greetings from Twin Lakes

            This week I’m attending a conference for pastors held at Twin Lakes Conference Center which is just south of Jackson, MS.  Kevin Deyoung is the main speaker.  These few days provide a great opportunity for fellowship and encouragement with fellow pastors, most of whom are in the PCA.  This gathering is called Twin Lakes Fellowship and the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson graciously funds this opportunity.

            Twin Lakes holds special memories for Connie and me.  Between my second and third year of seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, we both served on staff here for the summer.  Connie worked in the kitchen and I was the summer assistant director.  We had a great summer calling this place home and made some good friends on the staff- a few of whom are still serving here.

            As I write this, I’m sitting on the porch of the dining hall where I used to go in the mornings to read my Bible and drink coffee.  It’s given me time to reminisce with gratitude.  While our seminary years were a stretch financially this was a unique blessing.  God not only met our needs but gave us great joy in allowing us to be here.  So often it takes time and maturity to look back and see God’s provision and gain perspective.  I know there were many moments of discontentment in those days while in reality we never lacked for our needs.

            Lord willing, I’ll be coming back Thursday.  I’d be grateful if you’d pray that my time here serves to recharge my batteries, so to speak, for more effective work as a pastor.  By God’s grace, I want to be an encouragement to others who are here as well.

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

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!).