Vintage73 is a collaborative blog focusing on the culture and values of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The site was born out of a desire for honest and charitable discussion within and about the PCA. Read about the genesis of our blog and learn more about our contributors below.

About the Name

When we first started tossing around ideas about what to name this collaborative blog we wanted to reflect our commitment to the PCA.  We love our denomination and its history.  As young men in the PCA, we neither want to be hagiographers nor chronological snobs.  We neither want to idolize the past nor presume that our generation alone is getting it right.  The word “vintage” embodied our dual desire to learn from the past and look to the future.  A vintage item—like a fine wine or your dad’s Led Zeppelin t-shirt—is admired for both its historical value and its present value.    Since the PCA was founded in 1973 we decided Vintage73 would be a name illustrative of what we were trying to accomplish.

About Commenting

We invite you to join the discussion, bearing in mind that we appreciate and encourage honesty but will not permit malice or slander to be posted, even in the comments section.

“Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity.” — John Mitchell Mason

Past and Present Authors

Paul Bankson is native of Birmingham, AL, and has been married to his wife, Connie, for 20+ years.  They are the parents of 3 sons and are still adjusting to having a college student at Covenant College.  Paul and Connie met as students at Auburn University.  After seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Paul served 8 years as a campus minister with RUF, 5 years as an Assistant Pastor, and then tried his hand at church planting where he continues to serve Houston Lake Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins, GA as the organizing pastor.  Paul enjoys college football (War Eagle!), running, and grilling on his Weber.

Sam DeSocio, his wife, Jo, and their two sons, Gus and Gabe, live in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Sam has been the Assistant Pastor at City Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh for the past two years. In the beginning of 2010 he was called by the Pittsburgh Presbytery to start a new PCA church focused on his side of the city.

Bobby Griffith and his wife, Jennifer, live in Norman, OK, and he is one of the pastors planting City Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Prior to that he was assistant pastor and church planting apprentice at Christ the King PCA. He was also was an assistant pastor at Greene Valley PCA in Carmichaels, PA.

Kevin Rogers is married to Jessica and is the father of five children. After 20 years as a salesman & a consultant he was called to gospel ministry. His church plant, Redeemer Community, meets in a farmers market, his office is in a union hall, and small groups meet in cafes & pubs. But he is not as hip as that makes him sound.

Justin Woodall is originally from Tampa, Florida. He and his wife Angie live in Myrtle Beach where he is the assistant pastor of Surfside PCA. Justin attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando as well as Columbia International Seminary.

Joe Holland  is privileged to be Hallie’s husband.  Native Virginians, Joe and Hallie met as students at the University of Virginia.  They now have four sons—Joseph, Will, David, and Charlie.  After graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, Joe spent 6 years in Mississippi serving as a teaching elder in two PCA churches.  He and his family now live in Culpeper, VA where Joe is the church planter for Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Rae Whitlock is a native Southerner who has grown (kicking and screaming) to love his new life in the Midwest. He, his wife Amy, and their daughter Zoë make their home in Columbus, Ohio. The Whitlocks are members of Grace Central Presbyterian Church, where Rae served as a ruling elder. He is an experienced IT professional in his “day job.”

Tim Taylor is husband to his wife of ten years, Becky, and father to Emma (9),  Stephen (6), and baby Bella. He is a son of the PCA, having been baptized in 1975 at Rainbow Presbyterian Church in Gadsden, AL. Tim attended Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He is the son of a PCA minister and has ministry experience with RUF and PCA church planting. He currently works for a popular fruit-affiliated electronics company.

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