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Lori, Carson, Sara, and Jarrett Banks

August 2017

Jarrett, 50, is a  1988 graduate of Wingate College (B.S.), 1992 graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div) and 2005 graduate of Gardner-Webb University (D.Min). He currently lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with his wife of 29 years, Lori. His son Carson is a graduate student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and his daughter Sara is a junior at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jarrett has served churches in Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and North Carolina. His ministry has always been one of inclusion, openness and ecumenism. He is ordained and commissioned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and currently serves as the Senior Minister of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Smith. Jarrett’s hobbies include running, and he is the Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador for Northwest Arkansas, a non-profit organization that aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life in addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events from 5ks to marathons. His writings and sermons challenge the church to live in the way Jesus taught to transform the world. For more on the title of his blog see his article: Downward, Upward and Forward Behind Jesus.


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