Hello HopePointe Family!
Bishop Clark often recites, “Forward, forward, always forward, everywhere forward!” In that same spirit, on behalf of the Elders and Stewards, it is our distinct pleasure to introduce to the HopePointe family our new Senior Pastor. The list of workings by the Holy Spirit throughout this call process is immense and far too many to name, but we are so thankful for His Providence in calling Fr. Travis King, his wife, Kelly, and their three amazing children to our parish. Your individual and collective prayers have been a testimony to how much love each and every one of you has for this sacred place!
As much as we will all continue to mourn the departure of our beloved Bishop Clark and his wife Tricia’s leadership, we turn to this new page in our parish’s life with thankful hearts and palpable anticipation. Additionally, imagine how blessed we are to have Bishop Clark and Tricia call HopePointe their home parish, as HopePointe remains the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast! Below you will find a video introduction from Father Travis and his family along with a short written bio outlining not only his previous ministry experience, but also giving us a glimpse of their collective hearts for ministry. Please join the leadership of HopePointe in first giving God the glory for blessing us with the Kings, and warmly welcoming the Kings as they transition from El Paso to The Woodlands!
In His Service,
Anthony Palmer, Lead Elder Partner
Scott Schwandt, Lead Steward
As an ordained Anglican priest under the Anglican Church in North America, the Reverend Travis King’s story of God’s call upon his life has been a journey he never would have imagined! After graduating with honors from DePauw University, majoring in Computer Science, he felt the Lord calling him into the ministry as a speaker and performing chalk artist. Ironically, Fr. Travis feared public speaking and also received a B- in the only drawing class he ever enrolled in academically.
Fr. Travis traveled nationally and internationally, averaging over 150 performances a year, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Over time, it became clear to Fr. Travis that the Lord was guiding him more and more toward full-time vocational ministry, with a focus on shepherding and discipleship. He began ministering at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, as the Assistant College Minister. And then his stepping stone into the Anglican tradition came through a call to serve at Christ Church in Plano, Texas, where he served three years under the Reverend Canon David Roseberry as the Director of High School Ministries.
In the fall of 2006, Fr. Travis was burdened with the desire to attend seminary, discerning a possible call to the Priesthood. Shortly thereafter, a call was issued to Travis+ to serve as Director of Student Ministry at Christchurch in Montgomery, Alabama. This new ministry responsibility also provided Travis+ with the opportunity to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2011. Through the discernment of the leadership of Christchurch and Sebei Diocese, he was ordained into the Diaconate in Kapchorwa, Uganda, in July, 2010. Just over a year later, Travis+ was ordained into the Holy Orders of Priesthood under the hands of Bishop Neil Lebhar of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese on January 30, 2013.
Fr. Travis continued serving in Montgomery as Assistant to the Rector, while also serving as lead priest at Church of the Good Shepherd in Auburn, Alabama, a church plant of Christchurch. Fr. Travis was married in January, 2014, to Kelly Talbot. Within their first year of marriage, they discerned the call to the Church of Saint Clement’s in El Paso, Texas. Together, they have a passion to see lives changed by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit through preaching of the Word, administration of the Sacraments, and relational ministry.
For the last 5 years, through Travis+ and Kelly’s ministry, the Lord has touched many lives in El Paso, through their modeling the love, grace, and joy of Jesus, drawing many new young families to the church and St.Clement’s Life Groups, similar to our Pastorates. During their time in El Paso, God has blessed them with quite a family of their own! Colton, their “miracle” baby, was born on All Saints Day and is now almost 4 years old. Next in the lineup is Kensy, who just turned 2 years old. And Casen is number 3, who will be 12 months at the end of October. Travis+ is also a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to cook!
Fr. Travis and Kelly are overjoyed at joining in with the Holy Spirit and His work in and through HopePointe. Already, they have expressed how blessed they’ve been by those HopePointers they’ve had the joy of meeting, experiencing the radiating love and joy of Jesus Christ. Fr. Travis shared in a recent communication, “From the first call we received from HopePointe, to each and every individual we met along the discernment process, it has been so evident that God’s hand is all over this church, its ministry team, and all of the people. I am humbled and honored at the same time that our Father is so gracious and good by bringing our lives together. My soul leaps with joy at the wonderment of what God has for us together at HopePointe. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may we all continue to be faithful to the Kingdom-work He has in store! Kelly, the kids and I, can’t wait to live life together with you as a community of Faith.”
Please continue to pray for Bishop Clark and Tricia in this transition. Please pray for the King Family in this transition. Please also pray for their St. Clement’s church family, as they say goodbye to Travis+, Kelly, and the kids. They are much loved by St. Clement’s, so while there is joy and excitement for this new chapter for the Kings, St. Clement’s also grieves as they send them on to their next ministry calling. We look forward to their official first Sunday with us on December 15th, the third Sunday of Advent. As you can imagine, there are many ministry and moving details ahead. Thankful that our Lord goes before us in it all! Forward, forward, always forward, everywhere forward!