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Michael Dean

Senior Pastor

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 231
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Dr. Dean has served as the Senior Pastor of Travis Avenue since 1991. He shepherds the church by leading, feeding, and caring for the souls of thousands who call Travis Avenue Baptist Church their church home. One of Pastor Dean's guiding verses is Colossians 1:28: "We proclaim (Christ), admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ." Working alongside the ministry staff and deacons, the pastor strives to lead the church to fulfill our mission to know, follow, and share Jesus Christ.
 
Michael and his wife Nan have been married since 1977. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Dr. Dean has served churches in Texas and New Mexico. Through the years, he has served in various denominational roles including service on the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2015, Dr. Dean authored Envision the Life, a resource for personal discipleship that is available through Amazon.com.
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Chad Brantley

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 210
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Chad oversees all aspects of discipleship at Travis Avenue. From Sunday Bible Study (SBS) and weekday Bible studies to small groups and mentoring, Chad works with our ministry staff to ensure individuals are growing as disciples by helping them Know, Follow, and Share Jesus Christ. He has a heart to serve others and see God glorified in individuals lives through the ministries of Travis Avenue.

Chad has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1999 and has a son Caden.  Originally from Fort Worth and grew up at Travis Avenue, he has served at FBC Nacogdoches before moving back to Fort Worth in 2001. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University. Chad joined the staff at Travis Avenue in 2007.

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Ivan Garcia

Assistant Pastor to Travis En Espanol

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 271
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As Hispanic Pastor I lead the Hispanic congregation with the passion to share Jesus Christ with everyone and expand His Kingdom here in Fort Worth and to the Nations. Travis en Español exists to encourage everyone to be a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Please join us and contact me if you are interested to know more about Travis en Español. It will be a pleasure serve you.

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Amanda Beardshaw

Minister to Children

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 254
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As Minister to Children, we encourage our Travis Kids to be Transformed by God, Respected by peers, Active in ministry, Vibrant in their communities, Intentional in their relationships, and Strengthened in their faith. We do this by providing a safe place for children to come and learn more about what it looks like to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ! We look forward to seeing you on the Children’s Floor!

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Daniel Morrow

Minister to Students

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 287
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Matt Geddie

Minister of College and Young Singles

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 289
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As the minister to college and young singles, I have the honor of overseeing our church’s efforts in reaching the thousands of college students and young singles within Tarrant County with the message of Jesus Christ.  We are passionate about equipping these young adults to fully embrace the Great Commission.

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Karen Sanders

Minister to Women

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 218
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Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry welcomes and equips women from all life-stages and backgrounds to connect and grow in their knowledge and application of God’s Word as it applies to their “thinking” and “decision making”. Relevant weekly Bible Studies, a variety of fun events and classes with purpose, and opportunities to serve others and invite friends, equip and challenge women to be confident followers of Christ who share Him and love others.  Karen Sanders provides vision, encouragement, and leadership in building unity of purpose as we serve Christ together.

Karen joined the staff as Minister to Women in 2012.  She and her husband Kent have been members at Travis for over 20 years.  She served as a teacher and administrator in public education for 28 years and was Executive Director of Professional Development the last five years before retiring in 2008. Over the past 30 years, her involvement in women’s ministry has included leading women’s retreats, speaking and teaching in various venues, mentoring one-on-one as well as ministering in the marketplace. She and Kent have a married son, Dustin, and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Corinne.  Karen loves to walk, drink coffee, watch all of the Dallas sports teams, read, laugh, and spend time with family and friends.

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Wes Black

Minister to Legacy and Senior Adults

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 216
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As Minister to Legacy and Senior Adults, Wes oversees all aspects of ministry with empty nesters, adults in the second half of life, and senior adults. This includes leading mature adults to Know, Follow, and Share Jesus Christ through ministries such as Sunday Bible Study groups, PraiSingers, Homebound Ministry, Bereavement Meal ministry, and pastoral care to older adults. He has a heart to help the different generations at Travis Avenue build bonds of relationship together and encourage one another. As Psalm 71:18 says, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

Wes and his wife Sandi have been married since 1965 and have two grown children, Clay and his wife Jessica, and Melissa and her husband Keith Daugherty, and one grandchild, Taylor Jones. Prior to his service at Travis Avenue, Wes was Professor of Student Ministry for twenty-nine years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Hardin-Simmons University, Master of Arts in Christian Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wes joined the staff at Travis Avenue in 2009.

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Bob Waybright

Minister of Business Administration

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 200
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As the Minister of Business Administration, I lead the team that manages the daily operation of the church.  It is our prayer that we always honor the Lord Jesus Christ as we serve His people at Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

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John Flenniken

Director of Technical Ministries

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John serves as Media Director and is responsible for sound reinforcement, lighting and video support for live events in the church facilities. He also does technology setup and support for meetings, studies, conferences etc. on campus, as well as production and preparation of sound and video content. Maintenance, minor repair and replacement of sound, lighting, and video systems also fall under his department.

John joined the Travis staff as Media Director in November 2007, after 26 years at the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission. He received a BFA in Broadcast/Film Arts from Southern Methodist University.

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Mathieu Barry

Director of Communications

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 223
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As Director of Communications, Mathieu oversees all aspects of communication at Travis Avenue. From bulletins and posters to Facebook and our website, Mathieu works with our ministry staff to ensure our mission to help individuals Know, Follow, and Share Jesus Christ is communicated clearly and consistently to our church and community. He has a heart to see God glorified in our church’s media efforts by using all our media outlets to draw individuals closer to God through the ministries of Travis Avenue.

Mathieu has been married to his wife, Lynsey, for 7 years. Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, he served at churches in Tennessee and Michigan before moving to Fort Worth in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Business from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Joe Ward

Executive Pastor

Office: (817) 924-4266, Ext. 283
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As Executive Pastor, Joe works with the Pastor and the staff in the implementation of the church’s vision as well as strategic planning for the future.  Joe’s passion in ministry is equipping the staff and church to fully become all God wants them to be.  

Joe and Jayme are high school sweethearts from DeKalb Texas. They have been on an adventure with God serving as missionaries in East Africa for seven years, and Joe has served as Executive Pastor of two churches in Texas.  Joe and Jayme enjoy golf, the beach, hunting and all things related to Texas Aggie Athletics.  They have two children and two grandchildren and joined the Travis family in May 2017.

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