Travis Avenue Elders
The Elders serve to shepherd and to give oversight to the people of God known as Travis Avenue Baptist Church. In doing so they strive to fulfill their role described in I Peter 5:2-3: "Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."
Meet our Travis Elders
Bernie Hargis has been a Travis member since 1982. He and Barby began serving at Travis by teaching a year-old Mission Friends class in
Bernie is from Warren, Arkansas and came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior at age 16 after struggling over the difference between church involvement and a real relationship with Christ. He studied journalism at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and earned a master’s degree in film from Northwestern University in Chicago. After school, Bernie moved to Fort Worth to join the Southern Baptist Radio and TV Commission. He worked there as a producer for 30 years. That’s also where he met a co-worker, Kay Leitch, who introduced him both to Travis and her sister, Barby. Bernie and Barby raised one daughter in Travis. Bernie's testimony from the Elder Meet and Greet can be viewed here.
Charlie Erwin was raised in Fort Worth and was saved in 1993. He was deeply involved in Young Life at Paschal High School, where his faith began to grow under the guidance of several adult leaders. In college at West Point, Charlie faced many of the same struggles Christian students face, but his YL leaders continued to reach out and challenge him. They continued to challenge him to grow after he graduated with a degree in mathematics, trained as a Ranger, and ultimately deployed twice to Iraq.
In 2005, Charlie married Dr. Jamie Walker Erwin, who grew up in Travis. In 2008 Charlie left the Army and the Erwins moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where Jamie did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Charlie also earned a second undergrad degree plus a master’s degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in civil engineering and construction management. In 2012 they moved back to Fort Worth and joined Travis. Charlie has been deeply involved as a Bible Study Fellowship leader, leader in Travis’ Call of the Wild sportsman’s ministry and, more recently, in taking on some Bible teaching assignments. He also has served on the boards of the local Young Life organization and ROCK (Refuge Outfitters for
Dane Petty moved at age 7 with his mother and brothers to Aledo. He was saved at First Baptist Aledo at age 12 but, out of shyness and fear of getting hugs from lots of adults in his church, Dane put off baptism until he was 16. A part-time job with an investment company turned into a career that is still going strong 19 years later. He now is chief operating and compliance officer with OverRidge Wealth Advisors in Fort Worth. Upon his post-college move to Fort Worth, his mother urged him to get involved in a men’s Bible Study and a local church. Dane’s subsequent involvement with Bible Study Fellowship led to his joining Travis with his then-new bride, Chelsea.
Dane’s first service role at Travis was working with Upward Basketball. He then was invited to teach youth, where he and Chelsea still are
Jim Smith joined Travis in 2012. He and Beverly are members of the
Jim’s from Oklahoma City, where he was saved at age 8. He studied psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he met
Larry Thompson came to Travis, and to Fort Worth in 1969, in time for his senior year at Everman High. During that year at Travis, he met his future wife, Joy, in Youth Choir. Larry studied psychology at Texas A&M and law at Texas Tech. Larry and Joy came back to Travis in 1977 after law school and have served most prominently as Bible study leaders ever since, working with college students, 5th graders, young adults, median adults and, for more than a decade now, the un-graded Koinonia Sunday Bible Study Class. He also has served as a deacon, deacon chairman, international mission trip team member, and committee member and on various task forces and special
At age 9, in Odessa, Larry came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. His spiritual life began to blossom as a college freshman through a program of intense Bible reading and study that has continued and grown across his adult life. Larry and Joy raised their three daughters, all now married, in Travis. He spent most of his professional life as an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County, the last 14 of those years representing the Tarrant County Hospital District. He retired from the DA’s office in 2018 and now serves as General Counsel for Acclaim Physicians Group. Larry's testimony from the Elder Meet and Greet can be viewed here.
Dr. Michael Dean
Dr. Michael Dean has served as the Leading Teaching Pastor (formerly Senior Pastor) since 1991. Prior to that, he served churches in Texas and New Mexico. Mike attended Burkburnett High School and then went on to receive a BBA degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he and his wife Nan first met. Mike and Nan were married in 1977, the same year he began his Masters of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1980. In 1985 he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) in San Francisco, California. Mike and Nan have two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Dr. Dean has announced his retirement as the Lead Teaching Pastor of the church. At the end of September 2019, he and Nan will complete their ministry at Travis Avenue and move to New Mexico where they hope to stay involved in Gospel ministry wherever the Lord opens doors.
Dr. Terry Coy
Dr. Terry Coy is from Oklahoma
Terry, Sandy, and their two now-grown daughters joined Travis in 1992. Terry and Sandy have been members ever since - except for a couple of years when they worked with a small church plant in Arlington. At Travis and elsewhere, Terry has served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, director of discipleship, decision counselor, and choir member. For many years at Travis, his direct involvement was limited by his work with, first, the Tarrant Baptist Association (director of church planting) and then the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (state director of missions). Today, Terry teaches adjunctly at Southwestern, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and Missional University. He also occasionally preaches in other churches and at Travis. Terry's testimony from the Elder Meet and Greet can be viewed here.