Pastor Paul “Back in the Saddle”

Pastor Paul “Back in the Saddle”

Dear HLPC family,

It’s good to be “back in the saddle” as the saying goes.  After a busy week leading up to the wedding of our youngest son, Matthew, to Mary Ross, Connie and I left last Monday to go to Birmingham, Alabama for the PCA General Assembly.  Prior to wedding week was our Vacation Bible School.  It’s made for a whirlwind few weeks.  I wouldn’t recommend such back to back to back weeks if you can avoid it.

I’m thankful for how things went at General Assembly.  Thank you for praying for that meeting.  I was very glad two of our Ruling Elders, Michael Collins and Kevin Epperson, also went.  Lord willing, we’ll be sending two ruling elders every year to this important gathering.  We plan to give an update on the Assembly during School of Discipleship one week in August.   In the meantime, you can read a helpful summary of the actions of the General Assembly on the PCA’s byFaith magazine website by clicking HERE. 

To give our School of Discipleship teachers a break and realizing this is a month many people are in and out due to vacations, we will not be having School of Discipleship in July.   Please join us for prayer at 9:45AM in the fellowship hall and then regular worship at 10:30AM for the next five Sundays.

Lastly, I’ve been asked to provide a video message for the Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano (SRL) online conference.  SRL is the ministry we support as a church that seeks to train indigenous pastors in Latin America and on whose board of directors I joyfully serve. This online conference will be available on YouTube in October.  The theme of the conference is “The Church in the World and the World in the Church.”  I have been asked to speak on the topic of false teachers and prophets.  On Sunday July 17, at 6PM, I’d like to give that talk here at HLPC and want our church family to come as we record it for SRL’s use in the conference.  This message will be eventually dubbed over in Spanish!  I’m looking forward to seeing how I’ll look, and sound, speaking in fluent Spanish.  In the past, hundreds of thousands of people in Latin America have watched these SRL online conferences.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity.

Your pastor,

Paul

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!).