Reverend Thomas A. Banister III is a native of Rochester, New York, and is the eldest son of Deacon Thomas A. Banister Jr. and Rev. Iris J. Banister. He is an honors graduate of the Rochester City School District, and came to North Carolina to pursue his post secondary education at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. Graduating in 1998, Pastor Banister felt the call of God to pursue ministerial training. He was accepted on scholarship to Duke University Divinity School where he graduated in 2003.
Pastor Banister has been earmarked by many as a "Man of God on the Move". Though highly acknowledged for his powerful preaching and profound teaching, it was his skilled musicianship and anointed singing that first brought him notoriety. Since the early 90's he has been perfecting his craft as a minister of music and workshop clinician, ministering to many congregations within the state of North Carolina and throughout the northeast. He has played for and performed with many Gospel greats including, Rev. Timothy Wright, Twinkie Clark, and Rev. Shirley Caesar. The highlight of Pastor Banister is the completion of his first solo album entitled "Waymaker" which is due for release in January 2008.
Before occupying the pulpit of Temple Memorial Baptist Church in January of 2006, Pastor Banister served as youth pastor and associate musician at the Union Baptist Church, Durham, NC, and as an adjunct instructor in the Human Sciences Department at North Carolina Central University. In one year under his leadership the church has grown by over 80 disciples, a new disciples' training class has been implemented, as well as the TMBC Bible institute which provides sound biblical instruction to every age group within the body. With an insightful, vision-oriented approach and a charismatic leadership style, Pastor Banister is dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel to High Point and Greater Triad area. He is a sought after speaker, revivalist, and lecturer, who has been anointed and empowered to advance the Kingdom. With the Spirit of God working throughout this congregation, the possibilities of what TMBC can achieve under his leadership are endless.
Pastor Banister is married to the former Ms. Tarsha Wiggins of Raleigh, NC. Together they have one daughter, DeMaris Rachelle.
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