Stephen Banks – Senior Pastor IMG_0651

About Me: Married Kristina in 2003 after meeting her in college.  Our two boys Noah (2008) and Jude (2011)  are awesome and full of energy.  We have been at the Naz since June 2005. I love to play sports, card games, and anything that involves competition.

Personal Life verse and why: 

1 Timothy 4:12-16  …12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

This verse had a profound impact on me when I began my ministry journey.  Becoming the Senior Pastor at the age of 23 was so difficult because I did not have any real experience, but this text gave me great confidence in the God who called me and what I should do as a pastor.
Hometown: Louisville , KY

Goal in ministry: 

1) Clear as many obstacles so that people can connect with God
2) Inspire and stimulate others to love God
3) teach our church how to live out the transformed life of Christ

 

What would the ideal church look like?

 A diverse community with people of every age, race, and walk of life coming together to celebrate the one God.

 

Schooling: BA in Religion form Trevecca Nazarene University, Master in Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University

What are some websites that you use for your ministry area?:

www.churchleaders.com (great articles for Church leaders)
www.lionshare.org (Discipleship material)
www.textweek.com (sermon and exegetical helps)
www.ministrymatters.com (sermon series ideas)
www.re-worship.blogspot.ca (modern calls to worship and communal prayers)
Favorite Movies:  The Batman triology was great, Braveheart, Shawshank Redemption, Zoolander, Life
Favorite TV Shows:  Walking Dead (love the zombies), Suits, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Suits, and Game of Thrones.
Are you an Apple or Android person? Mac or a PC?  Apple and Mac baby!