Reverend Dr. George Clifton Banks


Reverend Dr. Banks received his formal education in the Caroline County, Virginia school system.  He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1995, where he was a member of the varsity football team. Dr. Banks was employed in the Brunswick County, North Carolina school system when he heard the call of the Lord in 1998.   After hearing the call of Jesus to preach the Gospel, he and his wife relocated to Salisbury, so he could attend Hood Theological Seminary.  At that time, Rev. Dr. Banks joined Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion in Landis, North Carolina, becoming licensed as a local preacher.

In May 2004, Reverend Dr. Banks graduated from Hood Theological Seminary, with a Masters of Divinity degree, Magna Cum Laude. At Hood he was the recipient of numerous awards for academic achievement. On June 2, 2012, Rev. Dr. Banks graduated from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, with a Doctor of Ministry degree. His project was entitled The Ephesians Project: A Curriculum for Healthy Marriage in the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church.  His pastoral experience includes Ardis Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, St. John A.M.E. Zion Church in Mocksville, North Carolina, and St. Mark AME Zion in Pineville, North Carolina, and Steele Creek A.M.E. Zion in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Banks pastored the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church in Knoxville, Tennessee for three years from 2009-2012. Dr. Banks is presently the proud pastor of the Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Goler Memorial is one of the most historic churches and dynamic congregations in city of Winston-Salem.

Rev. Dr. Banks was actively involved in the Knoxville Community. He served as the Assistant Secretary of the Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministers Alliance, served in an Advisory role to the Board of CONNECT Ministries, and established ministry partnerships with local schools, the University of Tennessee Federal Credit Union, Pellissippi State Community College and Johnson University.

Rev. Dr. Banks was a member of the Connectional Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church, serving on the Audit Board from 2008-2012. Dr. Banks now represents the Piedmont Episcopal District of the A.M.E Zion Church on the Restructuring Commission for the 2012-2016 Quadrennium. Dr. Banks is the Statistician of the Western North Carolina Conference and serves on the Admissions Committee of the Conference.

On the Tennessee Conference level, he served as Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Triers of Appeals and Conference Examiners of the Tennessee Annual Conference. He served as a Conference Trustee. On the Knoxville District level, Rev. Dr. Banks served as the Chair of the Finance and Admissions Committees and on the Budget Committee.

In the Western North Carolina Conference, he served as the Conference Secretary for 5 years. Rev. Dr. Banks was elected a ministerial delegate to the General Conference from the Western North Carolina Conference in 2008 and has recently been elected to represent the Tennessee Annual Conference for the 2012 General Conference. 

Dr.  Banks is a member of the Camp Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center Board of Directors, the Goler Community Development Corporation Board of Directors, a Board member of Crisis Control of Northwest North Carolina, and Northwest Child Development Center, Inc., and a member of the Poor and Needy Advisory Council of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Dr. Banks also serves on various boards and committees of the Winston-Salem District of the A.M.E. Zion Church. Presently, he serves on the Finance, Budget, Executive Committees, and Presiding Elder’s Appreciation Committee. Dr. Banks serves on various committees on the Annual Conference level of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.

 In the Winston-Salem community Dr. Banks is very active. He works with various community initiatives to bring about positive change in Winston-Salem. He is helping to spearhead an effort to bring affordable dental care to adults in Winston-Salem, the East Ward neighborhood Project, and has recently worked with community leaders to start the Goler Cultural Collaborative. On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Honorable Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, Ambassador of the republic of Liberia to the North American continent, granted Dr. Banks Honorary Citizenship to the Republic of Liberia.

Reverend Dr. Banks spent twelve years as a public educator, while pastoring several A.M.E. Zion churches. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Hood Theological Seminary. He has served an adjunct instructor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College where he taught Old and New Testament courses.

Reverend Dr. Banks is very committed to the work of the community. He has tutored in some of local schools of the Charlotte area and partnered with various community and civic organizations to implement initiatives that improved the South Charlotte area. Rev. Dr. Banks was also a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Juvenile Crime Prevention Council representing the faith community.

Rev. Banks is married to the former Keisha Butler of Kannapolis, North Carolina and they have three sons, Elijah Jerrod, Josiah Rashod and Matthias Clifton. He is a committed servant of the Lord.