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Making an Impact

One Family; Helping Hundreds

Where do I start when it comes to Travis O’Neal? What a prominent figure he is to our community!  Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Dallas, Texas, how did we get him and his family to end up here in our neck of the woods?

Travis is the Pastor at one of our local churches, Christ Fellowship. After graduating with a Business Degree at Taylor University, a small Christian school in Indiana, he took some time to figure out what he wanted to do with his career. He turned down multiple opportunities, knowing in his heart he wanted to find something that would provide him with eternal value. 

He and his wife, Jenni, decided that they wanted to start fostering children.  They loved the idea of doing something meaningful, so they applied at Place of Hope to be foster parents and felt lucky when they were offered the opportunity.  Over a span of 8 years, they fostered 35 different kids.  During this time, they were living in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. After many years as a foster dad, he applied for a Pastor role in 2011 at Christ Fellowship and was offered the position. 

Travis served at this location for 18 months before heading up this way to pursue a new opportunity. He transferred to the Stuart church for about 4 years before Port St. Lucie opened their doors and he was called to join their team in 2016.  Travis said “I cannot fathom my life, had I not come here.” The families and friends he’s made, helped, and transformed are in the hundreds. He has connected families, supports multiple local charities, and is always looking for a way to make a difference in the community. 

Most recently, Travis and scores of volunteers (of which there are over 500) put together nearly 3,000 diaper kits to send to those families in need in Turkey and Syria. The kits consisted of wipes, diapers, lotions, soaps, and a rubber ducky. He and the volunteers have worked with Boys & Girls Clubs, law enforcement, school systems, and other nonprofits donating time and energy to put together appreciation kits, cook meals for families, and handle beautification projects. 
In addition to all of this, here’s a fun fact about Travis. Can you guess what his favorite thing to do is during Sunday services? Traffic team. That’s his favorite part! Travis loves being involved in that first experience and having that initial connection with the community upon their arrival. This is a perfect reflection of Travis, showing how he does not try to be different or more special than anyone. He wants everyone to feel included, equal, and confident, no matter what their position is.

"I cannot fathom my life, had I not come here"