Meet Sandi

“When we’re drowning in discouragement, a splash of humor can refresh our spirits,” Sandi Banks says with a grin. And her audiences agree. They describe her with these words: Warm. Engaging. Inspiring. Biblical.

As a storyteller, Sandi brings you into her wacky world of adventures--and fesses up to some humbling, bumbling, fumbling mis-adventures as well. "God must have figured I needed those," she admits. Why else would He have equipped her with a faulty sense of direction and starry-eyed bent, then let her loose in 39 countries on 6 continents, to commit more than her share of language bloopers and cultural blunders? Weaving them into poignant stories and practical biblical lessons, she aims to bring her audiences a smile and a tear--and a fresh perspective on their own life journey. (See Speaking Topics)

As a published author, conference host, and international traveler and speaker, Sandi feels honored to use pen and podium to help people find direction and renewed hope.

As a friend, mentor and constant learner, Sandi is grateful. She marvels at how God gifts His children so uniquely, takes them through custom-made life storms, then weaves them into each others' lives, giving them opportunities to share their stories, ideas, resources, care and encouraging words with one another. 

As a simple messenger, Sandi Banks seeks to point you to The Book and The Author of all life, for there alone is our hope!

Sandi is a Certified Personality Trainer, through C.L.A.S.S. (Christian Leaders and Speaker Services), a Journeyman with Christian Writers Guild, a Christian Life Coach and Hope Coach through Professional Christian Coaching Institute and American Association of Christian Counselors. She is a graduate of Dynamic Christian Communicators, and other writer-speaker-leader training.

Currently she is privileged to serve on Carol Kent's SpeakUp Conference teaching team, and ACTS International editing staff. She does freelance writing and editing, and teaches women's Bible study.

Published works include Anchors of Hope: Finding Peace Amidst the Storms of Life and dozens of stories for Readers Digest, Guidepost, and others, by publishers including Broadman & Holman,Tyndale House, Zondervan, David C. Cook, Bethany House and Simon & Schuster.

Serving on the board of directors of ACTS International for six years and working the past two decades with Summit Ministries and other organizations has brought fulfilling ministry and lifelong friendships.

As a young child raised in Colorado by her mom, a symphony harpist, Sandi grew up with a love of music, playing piano, violin and guitar (and most recently, a reluctant cello and harp.) Now living in Texas, she's relishing her role as wife to John, and Mom and Gramma to some amazing young folks.