Pastor Paul’s Check-in June 10, 2020

Pastor Paul’s Check-in June 10, 2020

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  Colossians 1:28

Dear HLPC family,

If I would choose a “theme verse” for HLPC it would be Colossians 1:28 quoted above.  I think it captures what we should be as a church. We should be bold and winsome in proclaiming Christ.  This requires warning others of the consequences of being apart from Jesus but also involves teaching and digging deep into the rich truths of the gospel.  The ultimate goal is not decisions but disciples so that everyone in our ministry from child to adult is mature in Christ.   Everyone we know is either moving toward or away from Jesus.  Our mission is to diagnose where people are and to help move them toward maturity in Him.  Please join me in praying that HLPC is faithful to that end. Please pray that we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic strengthened for this task with renewed energy and vision.

This afternoon Connie, Matthew, Stephen, and I will begin a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama where my grandmother’s funeral will be held tomorrow.  She was born and raised there. Lord willing, we will return home on Friday. For this reason, there will not be a “Psalms for the Stressed” study tonight on Facebook Live.  Thank you for the kind words so many of you have expressed and for the prayers for my extended family. 

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!).