Psalmist Joy M. Banks

Minister of Music

Minister of Music


Passion/Calling: Worshipping and leading others in the worship of Jesus Christ through song
• Began playing piano and reading music at age 9
• Instruments include: piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, acoustic guitar, flute
• Music Theory, Vocal, Piano and Guitar instructor
• Minister of Music Greater Love and Faith Ministries, Gainesville, Florida
• Musician for Gateway Christian Center Annual Women’s Conference, Gainesville, Fl
• Choir Director King Celebration Community Choir, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Fl, Inc. (MLKCOF)
• Former Minister of Music (6 yrs) for the North Central District of United Methodist Churches
• Former Minister of Music for Mt. Pleasant UMC in Gainesville, Florida
• Former Minister of Music for Simpson Memorial UMC in Jacksonville, Florida.
• Former Minister of Music for Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Gainesville, Fl
• Coordinator of music for 2007 Annual Florida Conference of United Methodist Churches, Lakeland, Fl
• Member of and/or accompanist for chorales/choirs including The Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale, the USA Sight Singing Chorus, The Florida African Methodist Episcopal Conference, 1000 Voices Chorale sponsored by the Florida Arts Celebration
• Bethune-Cookman College/University Music Therapy
• Honorary Doctorate in Theology
• Recorded two albums: Lord I Welcome Your Love 1993; Let Him In 1994
• Penned 18 songs filed with BMI/Library of Congress, Washington, DC
• Produced/directed the Voices of The New Millennium Choir 2000 through 2003 (sponsored by The Florida Arts Celebration - debuted in 2000 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, FL and represented 26 churches from Alachua, Levy and Marion counties)
• Co-founder/president of Helping Hands for Healing Hearts Ministry - assisting over 700 individuals with food, clothing, etc. since 1994
• Founder For Him Alone Community Ministry and For Him Alone Community Choir founded 2011
• Co-organizer for 1995 Christian Leadership Conference for 1000 college aged students in Moscow, Russia
• Florida Girl Scout Gateway Council 2003 “Women Who Make A Difference” recipient
• 2001 The Links Woman of the Year
• Who’s Who in American Music 1982
• Music Director for: “Jazz 101”; “Moments In Time”; “A Night of Excellence in Music” featuring Columbia recording artist Eddie Cook; “Stepping Out On My Own” featuring Germany’s Gail Anderson; “Ain’t Mis Behavin” directed by Marion J. Caffey
• Featured soloist for: Jacksonville Urban League Fall Gala (3 yrs); Opening act “Hooked on Broadway” with Marion J. Caffey; participant in The Florida Folk Festival 1994-1995
• Gainesville, Fl resident. Mother of adult son Stephen and daughter RaChelle Banks


Comments: Joy is one of my favorite musicians. She's a superb pianist with a voice that is sort of like a contradiction; I describe it as angelic, yet powerful. Can the two coexist in one person? Absolutely! At least they do in her. Lanard

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1000 Voices
by: Anonymous

I attended a Thanksgiving Supper Sunday evening at Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville, where a very gifted group of singers and worshippers gave a blessed concert. I was so moved spiritually by the music and the unity expressed as we worshipped together as one voice and one body, making it a truly worshipful experience. I'm presently a member of Westside, as well as a Christian Author/Vocalist, whose traveling and promoting a book through vocalist/speaking engagements. I'm also interested in more information about becoming more involved with you in inspiring others to worship!!

Joy Banks
by: Anonymous

This is an exciting event. I am looking forward celebrating Christmas with such a talented artist, musician, teacher, Minister of Music that will bless the Gainesville Community with her grace and beautiful sound through music.

Response: Joy is a blessing to our community...and I'm super excited that she's on-board with the project.

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