Rev Isaiah Banks is a young, anointed and enthusiastic preacher. From an early age, Rev. Banks had a desire to preach. As a result, those around him recognized and knew there was an anointing on his life.
Rev. Banks accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life and was baptized at the age of six. At that time, he was a member of the Bible Believing Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Alberta Parker. It was there he became rooted and grounded in Christ. He served on the choir, usher board and assisted in various ministries whenever he was needed.
After the closing of the Bible Believing Baptist Church, Rev. Banks joined Solomon Temple Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Paul Brown. At Solomon Temple, he answered the call on his life. On May 23, 2008, he was granted the opportunity to preach his initial sermon and became licensed at the age of twelve. Because of his dedication to the ministry and passion for sharing God’s Word, Bishop Brown ordained Rev. Banks in 2012.
While excelling at Furnace Junior High School, Rev. Banks earned many awards and recognitions for his achievements. He received the “Rays Teacher True Heart Award”and the “Human Relations Award”from the Federation of Teachers. Before graduating, Rev. Banks was involved in numerous activities which included choir and mentoring. He also wrote a weekly article for the school newspaper. Due to his hard work and writing for the newspaper, Rev. Banks was selected and recognized by the Philadelphia Notebook Association.
Rev. Banks has been granted the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God at many churches in the Tri-State area. Rev. Banks humbly accepted an opportunity to preach in San Diego, California, at the Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church where Dr. Joseph Foxworth is the Pastor. He has faithfully preached their Spring Youth Revival annually since 2012.
In February 2017, Rev. Banks was elected as the Senior Pastor of the historic Second Pilgrim Baptist Church. In just a short period of time, he has gained experience and knowledge about leadership. He is passionate about the care and growth of God’s people and shows his dedication to God and God’s work by genuinely caring and loving all who are a part of our congregation.Rev. Banks is currently enrolled at the Eastern University pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Upon graduation, he plans to enroll in a Theological Seminary to further his studies.
I will Rise! When we realize and reconnoiter the strength that we all have rooted in us, I believe that we all will be more determined to rise when we are knocked down or pulled down.There are a plethora of problems in life that seemingly knock or pull us down; such as, unexpected sickness afflicting your body; catastrophic challenges that causes your life to go haywire; the loss of a loved one or close friend. All of these instances can make it seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders which results in that feeling of being knocked or pulled down. However, during this resurrection season I am reminded of how Jesus Christ himself was knocked and pulled down while attempting to complete his God given assignment and mission. Yet, Mark 15:9 says“Jesus rose”. This should be an inspiration to any and everyone who has ever felt they were in this position.No matter what, there should always be something deep down that causes you to push through and rise. It may be your fans or family, congregation or commitments, enemies or nay-sayers.However, never allow your circumstance to keep you from being courageous and rising up. We have been equipped with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Affirm that you have that power. Apply that power to the area of life thatʼs trying to keep you down and accomplish what youʼve set out to do. RISE as Jesus did on resurrection Sunday morning! RISE until your haters realize they canʼt stop you! RISE until obscure opportunities open for you! RISE until you become all you want to become and accomplish all you want to accomplish. RISE UP!