Evelyn Banks is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker (CCW) with the Marianna Larger Parish in Arkansas. Evelyn has been a CCW since 1987, and her previous assignment was in Forrest City, Arkansas.
Ms. Banks serves five churches in these Arkansas Delta communities, which are familiar surroundings for Evelyn as she was raised on a family farm by her grandparents. Evelyn shares that her role as a CCW has changed over the years, evolving based on the economic and justice issues that have been identified by the parish, district, and conference.
Some of her responsibilities oversee an emerging ministry that is feeding the hungry in the parish communities, operating an area food bank that will be used to disburse food to the local food pantries and churches, and supplying children with backpacks of food on the weekends. Evelyn also coordinates conference United Methodist Volunteer-In-Mission work teams coming to the Marianna Parish. "These ministries give people an opportunity to volunteer and give something back to the communities they live in and near."
Evelyn says of her ministry, "My work reflects God's mission in the world as it relates to empowering people to help themselves, to enable them to meet their daily basic needs."
Ms. Banks is a native of Arkansas and holds a BS degree in agricultural business from Arkansas State University.
Evelyn and husband Leroy are the parents of three sons: Tristen, Tavian, and Xavier.
: Arkansas Annual Conference
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