Dr. Travis S. Grace, Pastor
Pastor Grace is a native of Ocala, Florida where he was educated in the Marion County School System. After graduating high school, he left home to join the United States Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division where he rose to the ranks of Sergeant First Class. His travels have taken him around the world to places such as Iraq, Kosova, and Egypt to name a few. This is when the Lord would call him into ministry to preach to a dying world.
Upon his exit and early retirement from the military, he headed back home to Ocala, Florida and assumed a position in the school system at Kingbury Nike Academy as a Behavioral Specialist. After he served in that capacity for a while, he heard the voice of God saying, “Let Us Go To Dothan” where he has resided for the past twelve years.
Rev. Grace worked in the Dothan City School System for 10 years before accepting a Physical Education position at Northside Methodist Academy where he is currently employed. He has a total of thirteen years in education. Rev. Grace also serves as a counselor at Living Waters Counseling Services in Headland, Alabama.
He is a member of the International Fellowship of Christian Chaplains. His theological studies have taken him across the campuses of Carolina Bible College in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Selma University in Selma, Alabama and Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. He holds an Associates of Christian Studies, Bachelors of Ministry, Masters of Biblical Counseling, and graduated with his Doctorate of Christian Education in 2016.
He is married to Kambrea Grace and they have two children: Roderick and Kaderricka. His favorite Bible Scripture is found in I Corinthians 9:16: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
Congratulations to Sardis member Gabrielle Ward who is the recipient of the Dr. Erica R. Jones Scholarship Award. Gabrielle will attend Wallace Community College.
Come Worship with Us!
Sunday School: Every Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Morning Worship Service: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sundays at 11 a.m.
We dedicated a new sanctuary on June 24, 2012.
The Sardis Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1929 under the inspired leadership of the late Rev. Edmund Alford, in what was formerly known as the now historical old Bradshaw School. As time progressed, and amiss much confusion and conflict between the Freewill Baptist and the Missionary Baptist, the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church emerged.
Located across from its present location in a small wooden structure, Sardis continued to fulfill her purpose as both a church and a Negro training school during the 30's and 40's.
And I will give you pastors, according to mine heart, which will fill you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15.
God in his omniscience manner directed many great men of God her way. Among those was the first pastor of Sardis Rev. Tombs. Under his leadership Sardis began to prosper, and through much prayer, faith, and diligence of the saints, a wooden structure was built. Later for unknown and undetermined reasons, the church burned to the ground. Nevertheless our God, not one to dwell in Houses of wood and clay, but in the heart of his people, This was an attempt of Satan which lead to the rebuilding of an even greater temple of worship with materials donated by the old Friendship Baptist Church which was located between Headland and Columbia Al. Later under the leadership of the second pastor, Rev. I.S. Blount of Jacobs, Florida the wooden structure was converted to the present block structure.
Sardis has been blessed indeed as God has directed many capable men of God to grace her presence. In 1995 Sardis called Reverend Wayne Lampley to serve as Pastor. Under his leadership Christian education ministries were strengthened and spiritual growth was experienced in many levels. Reverend Lampley served from 1995-2011. Reverend Vincent T. Owens was then called as Pastor and he served until 2014.
Especially noteworthy are the presence of many faithful women, who have given their time, prayers and energies in the rearing of families and the setting forth of virtuous examples. Many have long since journeyed from labor to reward.
Yes many are gone and as we cherish their memories, we acknowledge that each one has played a significant part in the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church history. And every contribution, both past and present, we are indeed grateful.
There has been however many transformations wrought within the church both spiritually and physically to get us where we are today. Under the leadership of Rev. J.D. Flowers, our present structure was modified increasing in dimension from 30x40 to 30x50 including upgrading of bathroom facilities, electric heating and cooling and baptism pool. Later new pews, floors, a kitchen and a fellowship hall were added as we labored to offer the Lord a worthy physical sanctuary.
Under the leadership of Rev. Wayne Lampley, construction began on a new sanctuary that sits next door to the old church building.
The new church building was completed and dedicated on June 24, 2012 while under the leadership of Vincent T. Owens II.
In August 2015, after much prayer God sent us Rev. Travis S. Grace. God has given him a vision of a debt-free church - a church that serves the kingdom and it's surrounding communities freely in God's spirit. Sardis is yet standing on the Word and Promises of God.
The spirit has moved in many ways. The ministry of music and song has always stood out and yet stands as a sweet-smelling odor. We have had many gifted musicians.
We are indeed proud of the accomplishments wrought by our fathers. We give God thanks for his patience, kindness and compassion whose mercy and grace are without end. For
Great is the Lord and Greatly to be praised.
Pray with us, the Sardis family that we continue to grow in Christ that God the Father may be glorified on Earth and man's precious soul would long for his blessed presence.
115 County Road 238, Headland, AL 36345, (334) 693-5318