Pastor Sheryl Banks

Introduction & Education

Sheryl is a native of Chicago IL and attended elementary school there.  She later moved to Dumas AR with her family and graduated from Dumas High School in 1975.  Sheryl attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff studying music education.  In August 2015 Sheryl received her Doctorate of Divinity Degree from St. Thomas Christian University.


Sheryl had a 25 year career in the banking industry; during the course of her career she had several major accomplishments.  During her tenure in the banking industry her achievements were recognized with many promotions which lead to her final position as Assistant Vice President.  Sheryl was recognized regularly as a strong motivator of her teams, them being the top performers throughout a 5 state region, winning several awards, competitions, and sales and incentive achievements.


Pastor Sheryl was called to “serve” in the ministry at the age of 5 and it became obvious she was gifted and anointed to sing and play the piano.  Sheryl continued to develop her ministry gifts by working with numerous choirs, musicians, and also serving as the Minister of Music, for several churches and ministries (West Dumas COGIC of Dumas, AR under the leadership of the late Dr. A.L. Hunt, Sr., Main Street COGIC under the leadership of Dr. Joe L. Stocker, Bethlehem under the leadership of Bishop D. Dwayne Rudd, New Morning Star Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Esau Watson Jr., Trumpet in Zion, under the leadership Apostle Lawrence Braggs, Full Counsel Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Silas & Jennifer Johnson).

In March 2002, she co-founded Canaan Christian Center where she currently serves as Pastor along with her husband Craig.  In 2011, Pastor Sheryl released her 1st musical cd entitled “Bank On This”, which showcases multiple genres of gospel music including, contemporary, praise and worship as well as traditional gospel. Pastor Sheryl is fully committed to winning souls for the building of God’s Kingdom; in worship and praise through song.  Besides being an accomplished psalmist and musician, Pastor Sheryl walks in her calling as an anointed prophet and conference speaker while also having Women’s Ministries “Daughters of Destiny” and  “Pastor’s Wives”.

Pastor Sheryl also serves as the Dean of Students and Instructor in Canaan Christian Center Servanthood Training Institute (CCCSTI) which was instituted in 2006 by her husband Apostle Craig Banks.  Pastor Sheryl has travelled extensively on mission trips to Brazil which included the cities of Sao Paulo, Itupeva, and Jundiai and also to Jamaica.  Pastor Sheryl is active in her community having served on the Mayor’s Community Outreach Committee for the city of Pine Bluff, AR.

Personal History

Pastor Sheryl is married to Apostle Craig S. Banks, together they have a blended family of 6 children and 4 grandchildren.  They currently reside in Pine Bluff, AR

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