Travis Cardwell, Senior Pastor
Travis Cardwell was born in a small town outside of Houston called Liberty, TX in 1979. He did not respond to the gospel until his freshmen year in college. It was through the preaching of the gospel, at First Baptist Church in Bryan, TX, and through relationships with other Christians that he turned from his sins to trust in Christ. Soon after Travis became a Christian, he became involved in evangelism and college ministry at his church in Bryan. After several years, he began to sense a call into ministry, and by his junior year in college he knew he would attend seminary after graduation. God was faithful at every step along to way to guide Travis and Alicia through seminary and eventually to Baptist Church of the Redeemer in 2006, upon graduation. Travis holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University in Industrial Distribution, and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Travis is married to his lovely wife Alicia and has four children–Caraline, Brayton, Caleb and Adelyn. Travis enjoys spending time with his family, reading, all sorts of outdoor sports, and following Texas Aggie Football.
Billy Newhouse, Associate Pastor
Billy Newhouse was born in Houston, TX in 1977. Although he was raised in the church and in a Christian home, it wasn’t until the High School and college years that he turned from his sins and trusted in Jesus. After his graduation from Texas A&M he felt called to serve the local church and went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Billy became involved at Redeemer when it was a young church plant, and has become integral to its success and growth. Billy is married to Stephenie and they have four children. Currently Billy works as a banker and enjoys reading, running, and playing any sport that he can.
Mark Jacob , Elder
Mark Jacob was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1968. He grew up very focused on school and worldly accomplishments. While attending law school at the University of Texas, he realized that worldly success was not fulfilling him the way he expected. A friend in law school shared the gospel with Mark, leading him to repent of his sins and trust in Christ for his salvation. Mark lives in Sugar Land with his wife, Holly, and four children and practices law with a firm in Houston. He has a passion for sports of all kinds and spending time with his family.
Sam Webb , Elder
Collin Garbarino, Elder
Collin Garbarino is a native of southwest Louisiana. He grew up in a Christian home, and he trusted in Christ’s work of redemption at the age of nine. After he graduated from Louisiana Tech University, Collin spent two years in Asia with the International Mission Board. After returning from Asia, Collin married Sarah, and they moved to Kentucky where Collin got his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After seminary Collin got a PhD in history from LSU, and he’s been teaching at Houston Baptist University since 2011. Collin enjoys talking about Augustine of Hippo and superhero movies—sometimes in the same conversation. Collin and Sarah have four children.
Dave Mitchell, Elder
Dave Mitchell was born in Michigan but has lived most of his life in the Houston area. He grew up in a Christian home, where he repented of sin and believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of six, during a summer church revival. He studied English at Oklahoma Baptist University and then returned home to Houston where he eventually joined the research administration office at MD Anderson and has worked there as a scientific editor for more than 15 years. Dave first met his wife Heidi in 2010 while teaching Sunday School in the singles ministry at Champion Forest Baptist Church, and they were married in 2014. God has since blessed them with 2 beautiful little girls. In his rare moments of free time, Dave likes to unwind with a big stack of books and an even bigger mug of coffee.