New Bethel Baptist Church

Psalms 127:1 



Reverend John Robert Bankhead Jr.

Greeting in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is my pleasure and honor to introduce myself to you. Born July 20, 1960 in Concord, North Carolina to Mrs. Gladys Marie Barnes and the late John Robert Bankhead Sr., the second of five children. He is a 1978 Graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School. Prior to graduation Pastor Bankhead signed up through the delayed entry program for the military. After High School Pastor Bankhead went into the United States Army where he served faithfully for 10 years. While in the military he was decorated with many service awards and ribbons. He also attended and graduated from the United States Military Leadership Academy with extended studies at the Primary Leadership School at Ft. Bliss, Texas where he served as a Supply Technician for the Air Defense Artillery. During that time he studied 2 years at Rasmussen University of Ocala Florida where he studied Multimedia Communication / Web Design.

After the military years Pastor Bankhead took a job with the military where he was trained as a chef and later own worked as a successful chef / cook for over 30 years. Pastor Bankhead has always had a heart for people and has never wavered in lending a helping hand to those in need.

In July of 1997 Pastor Bankhead accepted his call to the ministry and in June of 1998 was licensed to preach by East First Baptist Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was ordained September 1998 by the Lane Creek Association. He has served in the capacity of associate to the pastor at three churches. East First Baptist Church from 1998 – 2004, Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church from 2004 - 2008 and Jerusalem Baptist Church of East Spencer, North Carolina from 2009 – 2017. Offices held since accepting the call into the gospel ministry are as follows. Superintendent of Sunday School, Bible Training Union Instructor, Sunday School Teacher, Men’s Chorus President, Director of Christian Enrichment Education, Director of Faithful Men’s Ministry. . His faithful, committed service has greatly enriched congregations in achieving the goals of Developing Citizens for the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Bankhead is married to the former Amy Renee Hair. They are the proud parents of a very well blended family. Their children are all grown up and have moved on to make lives for themselves.

Pastor Bankhead will be the first to say that he is simply a person who loves God and God’s people. He finds strength in God and often seeks out what God has to say about a situation before he acts upon it. He just wants his life to matter. He often refers to the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; that If I help somebody as I pass along, help somebody with a word or a song, show somebody that they are traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.