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Scope and Content Note

Paper notes, sermons, and files from Banister’s ministerial career.

Biographical Note

The following biographical note is excerpted from Banister’s obituary on

“John H. Banister died on April 29, 1995. He was born April 20, 1910 and had been a resident of Dallas, Texas for 47 years, and a minister of the Skillman Avenue Church of Christ from 1948 to 1971, at which time he took semi-retirement. Brother Banister was well known in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. In the mid-fifties he was instrumental in beginning one of the first Sunday morning weekly religious programs on television, which continued on channel 4, KRLD in Dallas until 1992. Thus, decades passed that John delivered the Bible lessons on that telecast, his face and voice became well-known throughout the metroplex. He made a lasting and eternal impact on the lives of thousands of people. In addition to his pulpit work and TV programs, John carried the gospel not only across America in gospel meetings, but to numerous foreign countries. He preached in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Africa. He was one of the most able preachers in our brotherhood. John was invited to give the first annual series of Lectures on Preaching at Abilene Christian College (University) in 1951.”

Donor Note

Bill Banister, son of John H. Banister


No arrangement of apparent original order. Due to the small size of this collection, these papers are likely only representative of the kinds of materials Banister generated, kept, and used across his career.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Texas Manuscripts



Extent of Collection

3 linear feet (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #329

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

McGarvey Ice, Amanda Dietz, Ashlen Planes

Subjects--Personal Names

Banister, John Hugh, 1910-1995


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