Dr. James Banks

Dr. James Banks

at Community of Grace


Saturday, January 13

Dr. James Banks has a gift for encouraging others to pray. His multiple books, including the bestselling Prayers for Prodigals and Praying the Prayers of the Bible have been translated into several languages and have inspired over half a million people in countries around the world. James brings prayer to everyday life through a down-to-earth and heartfelt application of the truths of the Bible. One recent book, Hope Lies Ahead, co-written with his son Geoffrey, offers a candid look at how Geoff was rescued out of heroin addiction and restored to new life through Christ. James’ upcoming book, Peace Through Prayer, will be released in the Spring of 2024.

James is a much-loved writer for Our Daily Bread and is featured weekly on the “Encouraging Prayer” radio broadcast/ podcast. You can also find teaching from James through Our Daily Bread University’s popular Prayer Basics series and the Praying with Jesus DVD. He holds advanced degrees from Princeton and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminaries and is a graduate of Westmont College. The church he founded and still pastors, Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina, is a thriving congregation with a priority on inspiring others to live the adventure of a prayer-filled relationship with God.

Dr. Banks and Family

James and wife Cari have been married for 38 years and have two children and two grandchildren. James and Cari love raising puppies, beekeeping and long walks by the river near their home. You can find out more about what James is up to lately by visiting him at

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Saturday AM:

  • Pursuing Personal Peace through Prayer
  • Praying the Prayers of the Bible
  • Q & A

Saturday PM:

  • Praying for Prodigals and the Lost
  • The Lost Art of Praying Together
  • Q & A