Hall of Fame Inductees » Rev. Dr. Virgil P. Travis, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Virgil P. Travis, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Virgil P. Travis, Jr., known as Butch, by his classmates is a 1971 graduate of Wheelersburg High School. 

After high school, he attended the University of Kentucky where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Respiratory Therapy in 1977.  He also received a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1988, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Liberty University in 2000, and a Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995.

Dr. Travis’ military career began in 1971 when he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he served until the close of the Vietnam War.  After graduation from the University of Kentucky ROTC program, he was appointed Second Lieutenant into the U. S. Army Medical Service CORPS.  After serving in the Kentucky Army National Guard, he felt the call to be an Army Chaplain.  Chaplain Travis served for 22 years in this capacity.  He completed 37 years of combined Army and Air Force Service receiving numerous special honors and awards including the Legion of Merit Medal.  His military service included many different state-side assignments as well as service in Honduras, Turkey, Qatar, Germany, and Belgium.  He retired in 2008 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, and started a private practice in Christian Counseling specializing in Individual, Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy and supporting the “Wounded Warrior” Program for military in the Knoxville area.  He is the President/Founder of the Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling.  Rev. Travis is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Georgia and serves as the Rector of Glastonbury Abbey in Knoxville.

He is married to Pamela (Bloomer) Travis.  They have two daughters, Misty Dawn Rankin and Erin Lindsey Travis.  They have three grandsons, Jeffery, Broden and Liam Rankin.