Dr. T. Ashby Banister, III is a native of Rochester, New York, and the eldest son of Deacon Thomas A. Banister Jr. and Reverend Iris J. Banister, members of the St. Luke Baptist Church of Rochester, NY. He is an honors graduate of the Rochester City School District, and came to North Carolina to pursue a post secondary education at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1998, he felt led by the Spirit to pursue ministerial training. He was accepted to Duke University Divinity School where he received the Duke Endowment Scholarship and graduated in 2003. After seminary, and while attending a Baptist Polity course at Virginia Union University's Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology in preparation for ordination, Pastor Banister determined to pursue the doctor of ministry degree there. He enrolled in the fall of 2007 and completed the program in May of 2010.
Pastor Banister has been earmarked by many as a "Man of God on the Move". Though highly acknowledged for his powerful preaching and profound teaching, it was his skilled musicianship and anointed singing that first brought him notoriety. Since the early 90's he has been perfecting his craft as a musician/producer, praise leader and workshop clinician, ministering to many congregations within the state of North Carolina and throughout the northeast. He has played for and performed with many Gospel greats including, Rev. Timothy Wright, Twinkie Clark, Rev. Shirley Caesar, and Dorothy Norwood. However, the highlight of Pastor Banister's music endeavors was the completion of his first solo album entitled "Waymaker" released in 2006. He is currently in the studio working on his second release, "Heartspeak", coming soon.
Prior to occupying the pulpit of Temple Memorial Baptist Church in March of 2006, Pastor Banister served as youth pastor and associate musician at the Union Baptist Church, and as an adjunct instructor in the Human Sciences Department at North Carolina Central University. In ten years of pastoral leadership, over 300 disciples and several ministries, including a new disciples' training class, have been added, as well as the TMBC Bible institute which provides sound biblical instruction to every age group within the body. Technology has also become a priority as a means of serving this present age, with the addition of a state-of-the-art audio system, a video system, and an upgraded computer lab. With an insightful, vision-oriented approach and a charismatic leadership style, he is dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel wherever opportunity presents itself. Dr. Banister is a sought after speaker, revivalist, and lecturer, traveling as far as the United Kingdom since 2011 to share the good news. With the Spirit of God working throughout, the possibilities of what this pastor and a willing congregation can achieve under his leadership are endless. Pastor Banister is married to the former Ms. Tarsha L. Wiggins of Raleigh,NC. Together they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, DeMaris, Age 15 and DeMia, Age 6.
Lady Tarsha Wiggins-Banister, the lady and the leader, is a passionate teacher, effective motivator, and influential mentor. She currently serves as the First Lady of Temple Memorial Baptist Church in the city of High Point, NC, under the pastoral ministry of her husband and the love of her life, Dr. T. Ashby Banister III. Lady Banister is certainly a modern day example of a Proverbs 31 woman. As a product of the Wake County school system, she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from North Carolina Central University. With an undying love for education she pursued her Masters of Education through Walden University and currently serves as an active board member with the North Carolina Afterschool Association and the North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Board. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Because of her intense desire to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of women from all paths of life, Lady Banister founded N.E.M.O.W Encouragement Ministries, Inc. This ministry birthed as an extension of the Women's Ministry of Temple Memorial, provides an atmosphere for women to share, trust, and appreciate the ministry gift within. Through joint intercession, encouragement, and faith, she has witnessed a number of lives changed by her obedience to speak directly into their personal circumstances. This awesome woman of God has an immeasurable level of faith and favor upon her life which has afforded her a number opportunities to share her ministry gift. Her most notable ministry excursion was to Paris, France and to Oxford University in the UK. Lady Banister has truly identified the fresh wind of God in this season, and has spread her wings as an eagle taking flight. Most importantly, she is prepared to graciously accept the prolific mandate for her journey.