Profile: Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Banks

The Rev. Arthur C. Banks was born in Altair, Texas and grew up in Garwood, Texas. He has been a gospel preacher for 34 years. He is married to Jacqueline F. Banks (Aubrey) who has been a source of strength and encouragement for more than 38 years. They are the parents of four children: one son, Minister Karl A. (Leilani) Banks; and three daughters, Kristy N. (Philan) Jordan, Karmen Y. (Vidal) Hill, and Kaylene (Fabian) Brooks; three grandsons, Caleb G. Hill, Genisis Jordan and Kristian Banks; and seven granddaughters, Kelaiah Banks, Harmony Jordan, Nadia Hill, Kamryn Banks, Naomi Hill, Ryann Brooks and Rashelle Brooks.

Pastor Banks graduated in 1970 from Garwood High School. He attended Wharton County Junior College, where he majored in computer science and also holds the following degrees: Associate in Technology (AT in Business), Ft. Steilacoom Community College; Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Community College of Air Force; Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (BSE), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Master of Arts in Christianity, Faith Seminary; and earned his Doctor of Ministry at Faith Seminary in 1998.

Dr. Banks pastored Calvary Baptist of Duluth, Minnesota from 1979 until 1981. He has been the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington since 1987. Pastor Banks has held many offices in the Ebenezer Baptist District Association (EBDA) and the North Pacific Baptist Convention (NPBC). Dr. Banks is the past President and Vice President of the NPBC.

He has served as the African American Liaison for the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest as well as a religious columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune for five years. Pastor Banks served as past President of the Congress of the North Pacific Baptist Convention for two tenures. Currently, he is serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the City of Tacoma Housing Authority and was past chairman, and current member, of the Board of Directors for the William Factory Small Business Incubator which provides technical assistance to small businesses. Dr. Banks served as 1st Vice President of the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance (TMA) and currently holds the office of President for TMA.

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