Serving God, His People, & The World
Interim Lead Pastor
Although he didn’t recognize it at the time, Rob first received his call to ministry as a boy in Cumberland, MD. But since he was artistically and musically inclined, he chose to attend college at a music conservatory to study bassoon. It was during that time that God used the example of other devoted Christians to open Rob’s eyes to the radical demands of true discipleship. So he chose to lay aside his musical pursuits and prepare for pastoral ministry. Shortly after his conservatory graduation, Rob moved to Virginia Beach, VA to attend seminary at Regent University, where he obtained an M.Div. in 2003.
Rob has a passion for careful and accurate teaching of the Word of God, and a deep interest in Christian thought and apologetics. Some of his favorite authors and speakers include Jack Hayford, James White, William Lane Craig, C.S. Lewis, Gregory K. Beale, and George Eldon Ladd, to name a few.
After the untimely passing of our Sr. Pastor, Todd Rawlings, in October 2021, Rob assumed the role of Interim Lead Pastor. Rob resides in Virginia Beach with his lovely and gracious wife of 25 years, Christi, and their four children, Robert (17), Mark (13), Faith (12), and Samuel (6). In addition to being a volunteer pastor for New Life, Rob is a freelance web design and development consultant at Monti Design.
As an active-duty man in the Navy, Travis has answered the call to full-time ministry by completing both his undergrad and M.Div. at Regent University. He has served as a lay leader on three submarines and through his passion to see young adults build a relationship with Christ, he created a discipleship group for them. Travis was made a pastor at New Life Virginia Beach in October 2019 but has been serving the church since 2012.
He and his wife Monica have been married for 17 years and are an amazing team who provide mentorship and Godly counsel and teaching to our church. They live in Chesapeake with their youngest son Steven. They have two other adult children Michael and Nichole who have given them three amazing grandchildren between them.