Joel & Debbie Banham
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Joel and Debbie Banham serve in Plains, Montana, an area that has changed over the years from a rural, transient community to mainly a retirement community. While some of the families there are long-time locals, most are transplants from surrounding communities. It is difficult to make a living in this area due to a lack of available jobs, causing many of the previously prevalent families to move towards bigger towns and cities.
The community mainly has a conservative feel, especially politically. There are many residents who feel distant from the gospel for one reason or another, and are hesitant to accept religion or take part in a church community. The need for healing due to hard experiences in church soon after conversion is present for many locals.
After seeing the need in their community, the Banhams began ministering as church missionaries for more than twenty years. Joel serves as a “pastor at large”, filling the pulpit at several local churches. Both Joel and Debbie make it a priority to be available to families in their community, meeting needs as best they can in each unique situation.
The Banhams have served as InFaith field staff since 1988.