Rev. Dr. Harris T. Travis
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11:00 a.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Rev. Dr. Harris T. Travis is a gospel preacher, pastor emeritus, author, leader in education, accomplished engineer, and a humanitarian.
Rev. Dr. Travis attended Florida A&M University. He went on to receive undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees in engineering from various universities. In between these accomplishments, Rev. Dr. Travis recognized his calling to the gospel ministry and entered the Indiana Bible College for further study of God’s Word.
In 1982, Rev. Dr. Travis relocated to Marietta, Georgia to accept the position of Vice President of Academics at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). He immediately joined Zion Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Robert L. Johnson (deceased). Rev. Dr. Travis became the Senior Pastor of Zion in 1992. He worked as both an academic Vice President and Pastor from 1992 until 1998, when he retired from SPSU and became the full time Senior Pastor of Zion Baptist Church. Under his leadership from 1992 through his retirement in 2016, Zion grew from approximately 400 to 2600 members.
His national and local awards are numerous, including Purdue University’s National Society of Black Engineers “Outstanding Professor” award. In 1980, Indiana Christian University conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Theology. While at Naval Avionics, he received the “Superior Accomplishment Award,” the “Outstanding Employee Award,” and the “Pride Award.” In 1991, Purdue University conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Technology.
Locally, Rev. Dr. Travis is a recipient of the Cobb County NAACP “President’s Award” and the Zion Baptist Church and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Martin Luther King “Freedom Award.”
In 2016, Rev. Dr. Travis authored his first book, “Overcoming: I Count It All Joy.” He is married to Mrs. Georgia Allen Travis. They are the proud parents of seven children (Gail, Stephanie, Melvin, Verdonna, Reginald, Cheryl and Eric) and the blessed grandparents of eight.