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Dr. Bill Banks is named pastor of Purdy First Baptist Church

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dr. Bill Banks has been named the new pastor at the First Baptist Church in Purdy.

Banks has been in the ministry since 1983 and has pastored six churches including New Site Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Banks and his family spent 25 to 30 years in Missouri where he also worked a secular job in law enforcement for approximately 17 years. Banks worked as a deputy for Barry County, was on the Monett Police Department and worked in Dade and Lawrence counties.

Banks quit law enforcement in 2004 when he moved to Arkansas and went into the ministry full time.

Banks received his bachelor's degree at Southwest Baptist College and a masters and doctorate in Georgia. Banks recognizes himself as a church builder and is responsible for a mission church in Carr Lane. He joined a humanitarian team called the Milleneum that traveled to Iraq twice for two weeks taking food and clothing to the people.

Banks and his wife of 42 years, came to Missouri from Huntsville, Ark. where he pastored for seven years. The couple has four children that live in Arkansas and Texas and four grandchildren.

"Missouri feels like home because we have pastored here before," said Banks. "This is getting us back home and seeing a lot of friends that we have missed. It is good to be back."

Banks and his wife are currently living in the church parsonage in Purdy to be closer to the church and the people. Approximately five years ago, the couple bought a home near Big M on Table Rock Lake that eventually will be a permanent home.

"We feel like this is where God was leading us," said Banks. "This is a nice group of people that want to grow."

The First Baptist Church of Purdy is located on the corner of Third and Washington. They are in the process of building a new church and meet in the fellowship hall of the new building. The old church is still standing and is 100 years old. Sunday school is held at 9:45 a.m. and worship service is held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday evening services are held at 6 p.m. and Wednesday services are held at 7 p.m.

"My prayer as a pastor is that God would use our church to minister to the needs of families," said Banks. "Most of all, I pray that people will come to know the magnificent God of the Bible through a vital, maturing relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Together, as a church, we are seeking to know Him and to make Him known. We invite everybody to join us as we strive to serve and glorify God together."

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