POINT PLEASANT — There will be no shortage of events for people to attend on New Year’s Eve, including those who enjoy some fellowship and gospel music.
Pastor Mark Mayes and the Point of Faith Church, on Ripley Road in Point Pleasant, will be hosting the Fifth Annual Bill Banks Memorial Scholarship Service on New Year’s Eve, from 8 p.m. until midnight. This service will include singing, fellowship and preaching.
In Rev. Banks honor, the preaching will be presented in a tag-team style format – something Mr. Banks initiated on New Year’s Eve just a few weeks before his passing in 2007. Each guest preacher has approximately five minutes to present the Gospel and then tag the next minister.
Organizers say the 2015 service is honored to have in the preaching line-up: Mark Mayes Joe Hammack, Amos Nandiye, Nate Chapman, Gary Rickard, Chris Skeens, Bill Crawford, Brian May, Joe “Skeeter” Woodall, Richard Parsons, Mike Chapman, Bud Richman, Mark Hainer, Jason Shultz, Truman Johnson, Jay Sheline, and John Shultz.
Rev. Banks is said by organizers to have faithfully ministered in Point Pleasant for over 33 years and was known to many as a pastor’s pastor. In 2009, a scholarship was set up in his honor that annually awards an incoming college freshman whose intent it is to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All proceeds collected at the New Year’s Eve Service are put into this scholarship fund.
William Eugene Banks was born Sept. 12, 1933 in Wilder, Tenn. He was the son of William R. and Nellie M. Banks. His father was a coal miner. Rev. Banks joined the Air Force in 1953 and served in the Aircraft Crash and Rescue Division while stationed in Saudi Arabia till 1957. He married Mildred Peters in January 1954 and they had four sons. Pastor Banks was employed for many years by the Ravenswood Aluminum Company as a guard.
Organizers say Rev. Banks surrendered his heart to Jesus Christ on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 1961 and in 1974 he answered God’s call to preach. He faithfully lived his calling proving by his witness and example that the Christian life is rewarding life. His ministry continues to live on through the testimony of the many lives he touched and impacted, according to those who are organizing the special service.
Scholarship contributions and inquiries can be sent to the Bill Banks Scholarship Fund, c/o Point of Faith Church, PO Box 250, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.
Article submitted by Denise Bonecutter.