Rev. Dr. Kip Bernard Banks, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the East Washington Heights
Baptist Church of Washington, DC. He's working to build up an
intergenerational family of disciples who love God, love neighbors, and work to
transform the community with the Gospel of Christ.
He has recently served as the General Secretary of the Progressive National
Baptist Convention Inc. (PNBC) the church convention of the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.
In his role as PNBC
General Secretary Rev. Banks oversaw the operation of the nation’s
second-largest Black Baptist denomination.
native of Los Angeles, CA and a graduate of that city’s public school system,
Banks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of
California at Santa Cruz.
as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Rev. Banks also completed master of public policy
and urban planning degrees from the University of Michigan. In addition, he
holds a master of divinity degree from the Howard University School of
being called to East Washington’s pulpit, Rev. Banks served as Director of
Theological Education with the Congress of National Black Churches and where he
oversaw efforts to empower Black ministerial alliances on a nationwide basis.
In their June 1, 1998 issue, Newsweek magazine recognized Banks as one of the
“Lord’s Foot Soldiers” in the battle to reach at-risk-youth.
his many public and civic involvements, Rev. Banks has served as a senior aide
to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under Sen. Jim Sasser (D-TN) and Director
of Government Relations with the American Public Transit Association.
He also serves on the Board of the Baptist
World Alliance, the Baptist Joint Interfaith Power and Life. Committee, Creation Justice and Washington . He
is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Banks and his wife Dollie are the parents of three children, Carolyne Marie,
Margaret Katherine and Kip Bernard, Jr.