Assistant Professor of Church History and Mission Studies
“The resurrected, reigning, and returning King Jesus is building his glocal church to his Father’s manifold glory by his Spirit’s use of his Word proclaimed and put into practice by his suffering yet satisfied people among every tribe and tongue on his good but groaning earth in this eschatological Day of Salvation.”
Christ rescued Travis though the humble, intellectually-engaged outreach and Spirit-fructified community life of a very ethnically diverse chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1994. As a missionary with the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) from 2003 to 2005 he had the privilege of teaching various theology courses at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary and serving as faculty advisor for a student (and alumni) club/organization for missions among francophone unreached people groups (not to mention being the faculty member “i/c” of intramural sports!). His current research interests include the history of Christian missions and mission theory; theologies of culture and religion; biblical studies, biblical theology, and contextualization; as well as world Christianity and the implications of globalization for applied ecclesiology. Travis and his skillful wife, Susan, have been involved with various ministries to children and young adults, the elderly, international students, and recent immigrants in Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, and Boston. They share a call to missions mobilization via theological education, resource development, global networking, and mentoring. They enjoy coffee and morning devotions together, watering plants and walking in the woods, shopping at (urban) Aldi’s and eating Susan’s cooking. Travis is revising for publication his dissertation on the manner in which the Congregational ecclesiology and Puritan piety of John Eliot (1604-1690) shaped his cross-cultural ministry to Native Americans in colonial Massachusetts.
- B.A., University of Illinois
- M.A., William Carey International University
- M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Ph.D., Boston University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Additional Studies: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; The Bethlehem Institute; Harvard Divinity School; Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary; Lakeland Community College
- Review of Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together in Themelios 40 no. 3 (Dec. 2015): 538-541.
- Review of Missions and Money: Affluence as a Missionary Problem. Revised and Expanded in Journal of Global Christianity 1, no. 1 (2015) 107-109.
- Review of Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel beyond the West in Journal of Global Christianity 1, no. 1 (2015) 116-117.
- “A Limited Survey of Theological Rationales Proposed for Social Action in ‘Mission'” (Association of Professors of Mission, 2013). Papers. Book 23.
- “What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping? The Complexity and Embeddedness of Biblical Pneumatology in Consideration of a Theology of Interreligious Dialogue” in Glossolalia (December 2012): 22-43.
- Co-editor with Todd Johnson, Rodney Petersen and Gina Bellofatto, 2010Boston: The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity (Pickwick Publications, 2012).
- “Tracing a Theology of the Kingdom of God in William Carey’s Enquiry: A Case Study in Complex Mission Motivation as Component of ‘Missionary Spirituality'” in Missiology: An International Review 40, no. 1 (Jan 2012): 37-47.
- Review of Local Theology for the Global Church: Principles for an Evangelical Approach to Contextualization in Missiology: An International Review 39, no. 3 (July 2011): 413-414.
- “Andrew Fuller: Pastor, Apologist, and Promoter of Missions,” Boston University’s History of Missiology website.
- “The ‘Pilgrim Principle’ as Interpretive Motif for Understanding Hostilities Encountered by Moravians in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania.” Paper presented at the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. Chicago. January, 2012.
- “Toward a US American Ecclesiology of Mission Considering the Meta-Contexts of Globalization and a Global Church.” Paper presented at 2010Boston: The Changing Contours of Mission and World Christianity, a special conference of the Boston Theological Institute. Boston. November, 2010.
- “Jesus as Prototokos in Hebrews and the Cameroonian Phenomenon of Eldest Brother: An Analysis of a Potential Illustration.” Paper presented at the American Society of Missiology Annual Meeting. Techny, IL. June, 2010.
Other Ministry Experience
- Member of editorial board for the Journal of Global Christianity, published by Training Leaders International.
- Member of Bethlehem Baptist Church’s Global Outreach (GO) Team, formerly known as the
“foreign missions committee” (November 2011 to present).
- Co-leader of bible study discussion groups of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s international student ministry at Boston University (Fall 2008 to Spring 2010).
- Co-teacher of Immanuel Baptist Church (Louisville, KY) adult Sunday school course on missions: “Discipleship among the Nations” (Fall 2007 to Spring 2008).
- Leader of adult cell or “shepherd” group at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Fall 2000 to Spring 2002, July 2012 to present).
- Customer service agent and assistant to the executive director of Desiring God Ministries (September 1999 to May 2002).
- Volunteer staff member of Malachi Ministries, a ministry to the junior and senior high school aged dependants of military personnel. Great Lakes Naval Training Station, North Chicago, IL (Spring 1995 to Summer 1996).
- “God Loves to Work in Our Weakness” at Desiring God.org
- “Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him: A Missionary’s Refrain to the First Americans” at Desiring God.org
- “Learning to Lament through the Gift of Lymphoma” (a sermon on 1 Peter 1:3-9 at Bethlehem Baptist Church)
- “Review of David Powlison’s ‘When Cancer Interrupts’” at thegospelcoalition.org
- “Doing Missions When Living is Gain” at DesiringGod.org
- “How to Grow as a Missiologist” at trainingleadersinternational.org
- “Time Tested Tactics for Fighting Temptation” at Desiring God.org