The Rev. Van A. Bankston (Class of 2011) has been called as rector to Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist in Milford, Pennsylvania. He previously served one year as assistant priest, following a 2-year curacy at Trinity Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bankston is pleased to begin this new ministry serving the Diocese of Bethlehem. Born in Mississippi, Bankston holds a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University. He also earned a master’s degree in education from Mississippi Valley State University. His professional life was in New York City with a career in design. Following that, he spent many years working as an artist before pursuing his M.Div. at General, where he also received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.