First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Monday, February 20, 2017

Senior Pastor

 

 

 

   Travis Collins- Senior Pastor 
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Travis grew up in Anniston, Alabama. His wife Keri grew up in Gadsden, Alabama.  They married in 1983 and have three grown children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.  Landon and his wife Erin live in the Richmond area with children Liam and Lydia. Landon serves as Associate Pastor of Formation with Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.  Brennan and her husband Paul Davis live in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She is a trauma nurse with Duke University Hospital.  Grant is a Due Diligence Coordinator for the Broadway Group, LLC in Huntsville.

Travis is an avid reader and has authored several books, including Directionally Challenged, Tough Calls, and Fresh Expressions of Church.   Travis shares his favorite Bible verse: “Jeremiah 29:11 has been a favorite verse since it became impossible for us to return to Nigeria. While we were on furlough in 1996, my father had a stroke that eventually took his life. As an only child, I needed to stay behind and take care of my mom. I'd had the ‘call’ pulled out from under me; I lost my identity as a missionary and wondered where we'd end up. God's promise, ‘I know the plans I have for you ... plans to give you a future and a hope’ became awfully important to me during that period of uncertainty.” (from an interview posted on the CBD website for his book Directionally Challenged)

Travis enjoys golfing and working as a referee for high school football games. Keri is a nurse and has also worked in nursing administration before moving to Huntsville. 

EDUCATION 
• Southern Baptist Theological Seminary  Ph.D. (emphasis on missions) (1990) M.Div. (1987)
• B.A. Samford University (1981) 
 
EXPERIENCE 
• Interim preacher, Gayton Baptist Church in Richmond, VA (Oct 2015 – March 2016)
• Interim preacher, First Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL (Aug 2014 – Sep 2015)
• Director of Missions Advancement, “Fresh Expressions” (2014 – present)  
• Consultant, The Center for Healthy Churches (2014 – present)
• Senior pastor, Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, VA (2002 – 2014)
• Senior pastor, First Baptist Church in Mt. Washington, KY (1996 – 2002)
• Missionary-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, Samford University (1995 – 1996)
• Missionary to Nigeria (1991-1995) where he taught at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
• Pastor, Valley Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY (1987-1991)
• Pastor, Lucas Grove Baptist Church in Upton, KY (1984-1987) 
• Missionary Journeyman to Venezuela (1981-1983)