The Reverend W. Douglas Banks is the grateful Senior Pastor - Elect of the “Mighty” Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, in Philadelphia, PA. For more than thirty years he has been joyfully serving the Lord through the ministry of the preached word. A proud native of the capital of the Buckeye state, he was raised on the southeast side of Columbus, Ohio. Fully credentialed in ministry by the church of his rearing, he cherishes the honor of being a son of the prestigious Mount Olivet Baptist Church, where his mentor and father in ministry, the late Dr. Charles E. Booth, served for 41 years as it’s Senior Pastor.
The Lord has given him a gift to
minister to those who are hurting and
in need of restoration and renewal. This
gift has moved him to become known for his clarity and power in effectively communicating the Gospel throughout the country, crossing all denominational lines. This gift has graciously made room for him to serve and lead churches in the New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. This gift has manifested itself in his revolutionary leadership of established churches, and in his pioneering leadership of planting a church where there has been no prior paradigm.
As a part of Generation X, Rev. Banks has the unique position of being able to connect to our history and our destiny simultaneously. Being the 5th Great Grandson of President Thomas Jefferson has mandated him to be a spokesperson for racial justice and reconciliation. He has been the featured guest on television shows hosted by both Oprah Winfrey and Tavis Smiley as well as an international commercial for Ancestry.com. His efforts to bring the Gospel to youth and young adults has been recognized and showcased nationally on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) production entitled “A Chosen Generation” presented by Rap City. Being a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Incorporated enables him to serve as a mentor and example of honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor.
Rev. Banks facilitates his calling to fostering the elevation of people young and old in our community, through his work as pastor, social justice advocate, writer, and teacher. His most recent article entitled “We Are All In The Room”, was published internationally by the Huffington Post. He is joyfully joined in this work by his wonderful wife, Lady Tesemma, and their five sons. They all live together in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Above everything else he is saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Truly, he is one who has been Blood-Bought, God-Called, and Spirit-Filled. He is a gift to the body of Christ.