Welcome to Zach & Olivia Hood

Welcome to Zach & Olivia Hood

Dear HLPC family,

I’m thrilled to announce that we can officially welcome to our church staff, Zach and Olivia Hood, along with their son, Coleman.  Zach’s official position will be as Pastoral Intern for Student Ministry.  He will be working with our youth and will also be pursuing his Master’s of Divinity (M.Div) degree through Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando utilizing distance education and intensive in-person courses.  Zach has about two years remaining toward that degree.

We are excited about Zach’s gifts and his heart for youth ministry, which will be the focus of his work here.  This will also be a great opportunity for us, as a church, to encourage Zach as he pursues his calling toward eventual pastoral ministry. We will give him opportunities to help lead in worship, to teach, and even to preach occasionally.  I’m personally looking forward to the chance to help Zach avoid many of the mistakes I’ve made along the way of my 30+ years of vocational ministry!

We believe God has greatly blessed HLPC with a vibrant youth ministry and we desire to provide the best we can in quality discipleship and outreach.  Our church, along with our community, needs gospel focused ministry designed to reach students for Christ and to equip them to serve Him.  The church of future generations needs believers who are well grounded in their faith.  Zach shares this vision for youth ministry.  We believe in Zach and so are willing to stretch ourselves as a church to pursue this vision.

Much thanks go to our youth ministry team and to Ruling Elder Keith Duvall who spearheaded our efforts to secure Zach and Olivia.  Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Olivia is the daughter of Todd and Monica Kinnebrew.  We are thankful for the long connection we’ve had with Olivia who grew up in the youth ministry here at HLPC.  Please join us in praying for Zach, Olivia, and Coleman as they move from Memphis to Warner Robins. We anticipate their arrival in several weeks.

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!).