Jonah Bankston

I was born and raised in Summit, MS. I surrendered my life to the Lord when I was 12 years old at a revival at Friendship Baptist Church. I graduated from North Pike High School and then attended Southwest Mississippi Community College. During my tenure at SMCC, I found myself not living my life according to the calling that I had received in Christ (Eph.4:1). The conviction from the Lord brought me to a place of surrender to deeper community, worship, and discipleship from my local church, FBC Summit and the BSU. I then transferred to Mississippi State University where I majored in Agricultural Education. Over the next years of my life, I was fortunate enough to be discipled by my BSU Director Daniel Herndon, travel all across the world through BSU Missions, and feel a call to gospel ministry during my time of undergraduate studies. During a crazy season of COVID-19, I then got married to the love of my life, Kelsi Bankston, and we began to do ministry at FBC Summit while I attended seminary at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. A passion for college ministry carried Kelsi and I to Columbus, MS to serve as the Campus Missionary for MUW/EMCC BSU. After 2 short years of serving in this ministry, God called me to be the full-time BSU Director here at MUW/EMCC BSU!  

I am passionate about seeing students come to hear and surrender to the gospel, serving on missions, and growing in their faith throughout these years as they transition into young adulthood.


B.S. Agricultural Education // Mississippi State University (Class of 2020)

M.A. Pastoral Ministry // New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Class of 2022)


To Know Christ & To Make Him Known


-Jonah Bankston

Nick smith |  EMCC Campus Missionary

Hey, my name is Nick Smith!

I grew up in Mathiston, MS and attended East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi University of Women where I grew in a love for the Lord, His people, and was called into ministry. 

Currently I serve as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Springhill Baptist Church in Millport, AL. God used my time in college to show me the importance of evangelizing the lost and discipling the people around me. I was discipled by my youth pastor and BSU Director and now I get the amazing honor of doing that every day in both roles!

To Know Christ and Make Him Known!

-Nick Smith