Travis and his family joined First Baptist in April of 2021. Travis and his wife Amanda have been married since 2008. They have four children, Hailee, Holden, Hope, and Hudson. Travis previously lived in Missouri and served as a Youth Pastor for 10 years.
Travis holds both his Master's and Bachelors's from the Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Travis's ministry is fueled by a Love for God and a Love to see people come to know him.
You’ll find Pastor Travis’s teaching scripturally sound, Christ-centered, and applicable for the Christian living in the 21st century.
John and Jenna met at Ottawa University when they both participated in a drama ministry team called Surge Ministries. Jenna graduated in 2007 with an Elementary Education degree and John graduated in 2008 with a degree in Theatre Productions. After graduating they got married in June of 2008. They now have three beautiful children, Eliana, Easton, and Emersyn. Currently, John works at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center as the Assistant Technical Director and Jenna works for USD 257 as Curriculum Director.
Both John and Jenna had fabulous youth group experiences as teenagers and they consider that a huge reason why their faith is so strong today!
Tristan and his wife joined First Baptist Iola in January of 2023. They have been married since September 2022. Both Tristan and Shayla grew up in a rural area of Missouri and bonded through theater and a love for God. Tristan and Shayla enjoy cooking together, theater, and enjoy having many pets.
Tristan is currently majoring in Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School. Tristan grew a love for sharing the gospel after attending a youth and college group and being mentored by his last youth pastor.
One thing is for certain, Tristan and Shayla hope to grow their relationship and walk with Christ, as well as help others do the same.