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Staff

Meet the Staff

Our goal at FBC Salado is to serve the body of Christ that has chosen our community as their church home. We work together to support all the vital ministries and functions of our church including our facilities, our Sunday and Wednesday church gatherings, our children, youth and adult ministries, and our parnterships with other churches and organizations in the Salado Community. 

 






Senior Pastor

Dr. Travis Burleson

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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 over 1,000 and has grown into an integral part of the larger Central Texas area. In addition, the church has developed international church partnerships in Haiti, Mexico, Mali, Peru, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. FBC has also now sent volunteer missionaries to at least 15 different Countries worldwide, and has been recognized annually for the last 9 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 overseas, led pastor/leadership renewal weekends across the Border, 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, two sons, Lane and Travis, 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. 






Accoc. Pastor for Adult Ministries

Frank Wallace

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Frank Wallace rejoined the FBC Salado staff in 2017, having served the church 10 years prior, before following God's call to another place of service. In his current role at the church, Frank now oversees Adult ministries including:  small group Bible studies, guests & new member assimilation, ministry teams, and facilities management.

Frank holds Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, and a Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Beverly focused her collegiate experience on preparing to be an educator and subsequently taught Math for several years. With experience in photography and appraising, she later transitioned into real estate and now works as a Realtor with Century 21.

Frank and Beverly have 2 adult sons, Beau & wife Christy, and Miles. The Wallaces also have 3 grandsons: (Levi, Camden, & Blake.)  Frank enjoys watching high school and college athletics. His family also enjoys professional baseball and have traveled to nearly all major league parks around the Country. In his 'spare' time, Franks enjoys traveling, reading, and playing golf.






Associate Pastor of Music Ministries

Doug Uyechi

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Doug Uyechi joined the FBC team in 2016 and leads the Contemporary worship service. He oversees all the technical aspects of Sunday Services, including sound, lighting, and live broadcasting via the internet. He has over 25 years of experience directing and leading worship teams as a bi-vocational music minister along with his wife Kimberly. Doug has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Baylor University. He also works as a Technology Consultant for a major computer company. Doug is married and has 3 children.  His passion is creating an environment in corporate worship where people can connect with God through music. He enjoys finding and developing worship leaders from all walks of life and spiritual backgrounds. He plays guitar, Bass guitar, and piano. He is heavily involved in the Foster Care system, as he and Kimberly have been foster care parents for almost a decade. Two of their kids were adopted though foster care. 






Assoc. Pastor of Music Ministries

Dr. Robert Pendergraft

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Dr. Robert Pendergraft joined FBC Salado staff in 2016, and currently serves also as Assistant Professor of Church Music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Robert’s passion is getting the entire congregation, from the youngest child to the oldest senior adult, actively participating in corporate worship. Prior to coming to UMHB, Robert served Woods Chapel Baptist Church in Arlington, TX.  Robert holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Robert is married to Rachel, and they have two children, Geneva, Judson, and Katharina.

 






Children's Minister

Position Vacant

The Children's Minister position at FBC is currently vacant, and our Personnel Team is discussing applicants. For inquiries or more information, please contact the church office.

 






Student Pastor

David Reaves

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With a background and gifts in youth ministry, preaching, school-teaching, coaching, recreation, missions, and associational work, David Reaves brings a new level of maturity and leadership to FBC.  Coming to Salado in 2014, David has served in local churches, helped coordinate Association-level events, been in Super Summer leadership, and supervised a variety of mission endeavors.  

A former high School linebacker, David was recruited to play College football, but felt God’s overwhelming call to ministry instead.  David went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M Commerce, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.

David enjoys playing video games (mostly sports games), playing disc golf and football, as well as hunting and fishing. He has a huge movie collection (like 1500!) and says he’d love to write a movie script one day.  He also enjoys coaching his son's baseball and basketball teams, and having family time as much as possible. David and wife Jill have two children, Jake and Hannah.   






Pastoral Assistant

Gaylia Reimer

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Gaylia Reimer joined the FBC Salado staff in 2006 and serves as Senior Pastoral Assistant, office manager, and "air traffic controller" for most church ministries!






Financial Assistant

Cherrie Deen

Cherrie Deen joined the FBC Salado Staff in 2016 and oversees financial, budget, and administrative needs.






Staff Assistant

Ashley Unger

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Ashley Unger joined the FBC Salado staff in 2014 and provides valuable assistance to the Pastoral Staff in the areas of Administration and Communication.






Facilities Supervisor

Position Vacant

The Facilities Supervisor position at FBC is currently vacant, and our Personnel Team is discussing applicants. For inquiries or more information, please contact the church office.

 






Facilities Assistant

Silvia Villarreal

Silvia Villareal joined the FBC Salado staff in 2009 and responsible for the care, cleanliness, and sanitation of all church facilities. She also owns & operates one of the best Taco Trailers in central Texas, and caters many church, community, and school events!