Dr. Ted Traylor has served as pastor of Olive Baptist Church since 1990. His bold and practical preaching brings people to a fresh understanding of God's Word and challenges them to become bondservants for Christ.
He is known for his uncompromising stand on Biblical issues and strong defense of the Christian faith. In addition to serving as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000 and President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1995, Dr. Traylor served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2004 Pastors’ Conference.
He has preached extensively throughout the United States in conferences and revivals. Dr. Traylor is the author of The Eight Callings of God, A Compass, a Map and a Passport: God’s Provisions for Life’s Journey and What Is a Southern Baptist? Key Denominational Distinctives.
He and his wife, Liz, have two children, Rachel and Bennett, and are the proud grandparents to Kathryn and Elizabeth.
Stan leads the pastoral staff team as well as working with the various lay leadership team at Olive. He directly assists the Pastor in carrying out his vision for Olive as well as assisting him with various pastoral functions.
Jon oversees the Pastoral Ministries area which includes leading Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study, Baptismal team, Ushers team, Encouragers team, Greeters team, Deaf Ministry team, Lighthouse team (ministry to shut-ins), hospital visitation, Women’s ministry, Van ministry team, pastoral counseling, weddings and funerals.
John Lowe serves as the Minister to High School Students and is the Education Team Leader. John seeks to help students grow in their faith and to help parents disciple their students. He is a graduate of Troy University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jon leads the Music Ministry at Olive, where he directs the choir and weekly worship services. He also oversees an active ministry that includes instrumental groups, music activities and choirs for children and youth, and seasonal special events.
Chris is responsible for equipping all middle school students, parents and teachers to be fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. By doing so, he oversees Connection Groups, discipleship classes, school clubs and Wednesday worship.
Brandon oversees young adults, ages 18-25, equipping them for spiritual growth and discipleship through a variety of activities. Our mission is to promote the gospel of Christ and follow through in discipleship across college campuses and in our local community.
Robert is responsible for Single Adult Connection Groups, Divorce Recovery, Hope and Help for the Single Mom and oversees special activities for all single adults. Robert came to Olive as a single adult in 1983 and has been involved with the Single Adult Ministry in some form ever since.
Mike oversees the ministry needs and spiritual growth for Olive’s Married Adults and Military members. He has a passion for Evangelism, Marriage and Parenting Enrichment and Personal/Family Discipleship. Mike retired from the USAF and is knowledgeable and sensitive to the challenges that are unique to military families.
Fred coordinates follow-up outreach to prospective members, hosts the monthly orientation meeting for new and prospective members, and serves as director of connection groups for married couples/ladies/men (under the age of 60) and internationals.
Kim oversees our Mature Adults who are those nearing retirement age and beyond. Encompassed in this ministry area are connection groups, support groups, activities and travel.
Tom oversees the Music Instrumental Ministry of Olive. This ministry involves supporting, recruiting, training and establishing a strong group of musicians for the orchestra to support the special musical events and weekly Sunday Worship services held throughout the year. He is also the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Olive which helps offer a place for musicians to take private lessons.
Huey is the Director of Lay Ministries. The Lay Ministry Department includes recruiting, training and encouraging Volunteers for on and off campus opportunities for Olive Baptist Church and The Ministry Village at Olive.
Eric oversees the Missions Ministry of Olive. The Missions Ministry includes all Domestic, International mission trips, and Church Planting. He is also Director of the Pensacola Extension Center for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Allen oversees the Media Department of Olive. The Media Department includes all of the audio, video and lighting for Sunday services as well as print, digital and video advertisements, the Media Library and website.