The Reverend Kip Bernard Banks, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church of Washington, DC. He is the church’s first African American Pastor and is working to build-up an intergenerational family of disciples who love God, love neighbors and transform the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A 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.
Selected 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 Divinity.
Before being called to East Washington’s pulpit, Rev. Banks served as Assistant Pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church in Washington, DC and as a consultant to the Alban Institute, an association of the nation’s mainline protestant denominations. He has also served as Director of Theological Education with the Congress of National Black Churches and 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.
Among his many public and civic involvements, Rev. Banks has served as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and Director of Government Relations with the American Public Transit Association. He also serves as the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s Capitol Hill liaison and on the board of the Nannie Helen Burroughs School.
Rev. Banks and his wife Dollie are the parents of three children, Carolyne Marie, Margaret Katherine and Kip Bernard, Jr.