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Travis Burleson grew up in the small central Texas town of Mart, where as a young boy he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Travis went on to attend Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Midway through his sophomore year, challenged by God's call, he began to seek God's purpose for his life. Upon changing majors, the doors of ministry began to open and Travis went on to earn a degree in Speech Communications. After college, he earned his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then later earned his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Having served in churches across Texas and Kansas, he came to FBC Salado in 2008. FBC now has a membership of nearly 1,000 and has developed international church partnerships in Mexico, Mali, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. The church has sent volunteer missionaries to at least 12 different Countries worldwide, and has been recognized annually for the last 6 years as a Top-Level Giving Church Per Capita for the Lottie Moon (international) Mission Offering given through the Cooperative Program.
Dr. Burleson is a creative communicator who incorporates real life experiences and practical insight into his messages to effectively share God's Word with his listeners. He has preached revival/renewal weeks in the United Kingdom, and is a sought after speaker for banquets, commencements, and retreats.
His passions in ministry include practical exposition of the Bible, leadership development, enhancing prayer ministries, and mobilizing the local church for mission endeavors. He is currently drafting a devotional book based on his father’s journal and the life-lessons therein.
Travis met his life-partner Terri, (also an A&M graduate) on a blind date in college. They have one daughter, Lydia, and one frisky Lab, and two typical cats. Among Travis' hobbies are outdoor activities including: fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing, and traveling. He also enjoys playing golf, watching football, and restoring antiques.
With a strong heritage in Texas history and Baptist life, Dr. Burleson's ancestors include General Edward Burleson, the first person buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, and Dr. Rufus C. Burleson, whose statue appears on the campus of Baylor University.
Dr. Burleson has served as an Adjunct Texas History Lecturer in various elementary schools, an organizational Board Member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.), and a Public Address/Stadium Announcer for several Central Texas high schools. Locally, he serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, and is Director of Player Development for Salado ISD Athletic Department.
With a background and gifts in education, preaching, teaching, management, missions, and youth work, Dr. Scott Mescher provides a broad range of solid associate pastoral leadership. He has served in local churches, the State convention, and the mission field, joining the staff at FBC Salado in 2009. Dr. Mescher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Spanish from Oklahoma Baptist University a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Apologetics from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Campbellsville University and Simmons College, both in Kentucky. Married to Corey, they have 3 children, Corban, Noah, & Ellie.
In 1991 God called Scott to serve in full-time ministry and in December of the same year he responded, “Here am I.” Scott attended college to prepare for the gospel ministry, and God confirmed his call by providing a variety of ministry opportunities. Serving in international and domestic missions, along with preaching opportunities, excited Scott to serve the Lord and present the gospel. After college, he and Corey married and moved to Seattle, WA to serve two years with the Language Church Extension, ministering in Spanish. Scott is bilingual with English and Spanish and uses his linguistic gift to spread the Gospel.
Scott enjoys spending time with his family in outdoor activities, camping, hiking, and riding bikes. He especially loves running! Scott ran the Indy-Mini half-marathon in Indianapolis, five different times, and ran his first full marathon in November 2009. When he's not racing around, Scott also enjoys reading history, especially biographies.
With a heart to help parents raise up their children to be "spiritual champions," Kevin Allen brings an exciting vision to the staff of FBC. Coming to Salado in 2010, Kevin previously served churches in the DFW metroplex and south Austin. A creative writer and technician, several of Kevin's scripts have been published through Lifeway.
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Theatre from Hannibal-LaGrange College in Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to spending time with his wife Lauren, and three children (Emory, Phoebe, & Harrison), Kevin enjoys playing games, reading, solving brain-teasers, and playing fetch with his dog, Jack Bow-wower. Kevin is also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs (no matter how poorly they're doing.)
With a background and gifts in voice, piano, choir, media, music composition, arranging, and more, Austin Daniel provides an exciting range of solid leadership for FBC.
Joining the team in 2012, Austin had previously served in the local church, coordinated Association-level events, worked with college and young people, and supervised a variety of music endeavors.
Austin earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Music from Baylor University. Austin and his wife, Natalie (an East Texas Baptist University alum) have one child, Timothy.
Austin enjoys hiking, playing golf and tennis, and watching football. He also enjoys history and collects old hymnals and songbooks.
With a love for students and a heart for the Lord, Tim Stary brings an exciting range of talent to the staff at FBC. Coming to Salado in 2010, Tim has served in the local church, coordinated Association-level events, supervised University ministries, implemented Baptist Encampment recreation programs, and supervised a variety of mission endeavors.
A former College basketball player, Tim was named “Freshman of the Year” for the American Southwest Conference and was a collegiate Slam-Dunk Champion. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Howard Payne University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry.
Tim’s wife, Natalie (also a Howard Payne alum) has served on staff with the Youth Evangelism Department of the Texas Baptist Convention, was a Leadership Representative with“iGO” Global Ministries, and is a regional recruiter for Howard Payne University.
Tim enjoys playing basketball, watching all types of sports (big Cowboys fan), making up ridiculous songs at a moment's notice, hunting, reading, and hanging out with his family. Tim and Natalie have one daughter, Emma.