Thankful for the Opportunity

Thankful for the Opportunity

Last Thursday through Saturday, Connie and I had the opportunity to attend the excellent Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, FL. We were joined there by Philip and Megan Korman from HLPC. There were close to 5,000 in attendance and the conference was held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando. The theme of the messages was on “Awakening” as we considered God’s work of renewal in our hearts and in his church.
We were able to hear such speakers as Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, Steve Lawson, Joni-Eareckson Tada, Robert Godfrey, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, and Miguel Nunez. As Connie put it, it was like drinking out of a firehose. I’m still processing what we heard. As a pastor, it is very good for me to be able to be taught and sit under such excellent and gifted speakers. It’s something I need as it benefits me in so many ways. Ligonier has the videos of the messages posted right now on their web site at Ligonier.org.
One of the things I also enjoy, in addition to the messages, is the Ligonier Ministries bookstore. They have a great selection and offer good deals. I came home with several good books to read and even was able to get a couple of my books signed by the author!
From now until this Saturday (March 17) you can pre-register at a significantly reduced rate ($129) for next year’s conference to be held March 14-16, 2019. I highly encourage you to consider doing so. Connie and I have already registered. The speaker lineup looks great. I’d love to experience this conference with many of you next year. Just go to https://www.ligonier.org/events/2019-national-conference/ .

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!).