Pastor Travis (or PT) began his call as pastor of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church on October 1, 2014. He and his wife Kristen and daughter Lorelai love living in South Haven and are excited to see what God will lead us into together.

Pastor Travis received his Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree from Roanoke College in 2005.

Prior to his call to Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor Travis served as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Jackson, MI. Pastor Travis has worked as a staff member of Healthy Congregations, Inc., a volunteer and paid youth director, and he spent a brief time in the corporate world working for the corporate headquarters of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. He served his seminary internship at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Muskegon, MI.

Pastor Travis was born in Roanoke, VA  or the “Star City Capital of the South.”  He met his wife Kristen at Roanoke College and were married shortly after graduation.  Pastor Travis and Kristen have lived in Williamsburg, VA; Columbus, OH; Muskegon, MI; Jackson, MI; and South Haven, MI.

Outside of church activities, Pastor Travis loves movies, writing, and playing music on the bass guitar, guitar, or sometimes the piano.  He is a self-proclaimed technology geek and loves to find really good coffee or tea. Pastor Travis is legally blind (meaning he has no vision in his right eye and limited, nearsighted vision in his left) and has a passion for bringing the gospel and working for justice for folks with disabilities and for those who are labeled “other.”  While he is not physically able to drive, he looks forward to meeting you, sharing a cup of coffee, or just stories about life together.

Favorite Bible Verse:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39