Meet the Pastor
Pastor Travis Knoll
My name is Travis Knoll, and I have the distinct joy of welcoming those who visit in person and electronically Hunt’s Memorial UMC. We are all blessed when we share together our lives, our praises, and our commitment to God and neighbor. I invite you to join us in passionate pursuit of Christ.
A bit of background just to help you to know me better. I have been serving God as a pastor for over 20 years, I am married, have three sons, and two cats. Born in Italy in an army hospital we moved frequently when I was young. Settling in Maryland in 1979, I graduated from Arundel High School, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC), and eventually from Wesley Seminary. I worked under contract to NASA for 8 years as a computer programmer. Thus, when I finally accepted the call to ministry, I moved from studying outer space to inner space.
God’s grace continues to amaze me, and I find strength, hope, joy, and peace in my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am firmly committed that you can find them for yourself in that same relationship. May you find your way, your peace, your truth, and your life in a vital relationship with the living Christ Jesus.
Pastor Travis Knoll
Serving Hunt’s Memorial UMC for over twelve years, Beth is a key member of our staff. In addition to clerical and administrative duties, Beth coordinates and updates publications like The Point (the monthly newsletter), the weekly church bulletin, and prayer concerns. Her role very much serves as the public face of the church, assists the pastoral staff, and is the contact person for members of the church, visitors, and newcomers.
Jordan Randall Smith
Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, Music Director at Hunt’s Church, and was recently appointed Assistant Conductor at Hopkins Symphony Orchestra at the Johns Hopkins University. Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. At Hunt’s, Jordan leads the choir, children’s choir, musical accompaniment, and coordinates with the bell choir and praise band.
Praise Band Director
Jim came to Hunt’s Church in 1999 to direct the music program for the contemporary worship service. Not classically trained but musically gifted, he has a talent for playing by ear and writing music. His instruments are the guitar and keyboard, and during high school and college, he was a member of several local rock bands. A sojourn in California in the 1970s coupled with a conversion and commitment to Christianity fueled his interest in contemporary Christian music, which he explored and embraced during the 80s and 90s. For ten years, he played at local churches, including the Immaculate Conception in Towson. At Hunt’s, Jim conducts the Praise Band, a 10-person worship team that includes guitars, keyboard, bass, and drums, as well as singers, who provide Christian music for the 8:45 am worship service on Sundays. Jim invites all interested musicians and singers to join the Praise Band and experience the joy of making contemporary music that touches the majesty of Christ through a modern musical genre.
Church Pianist and Musician
Cheryl Warren has a pivotal role in the musical life of Hunt’s Church. She provides piano music and accompaniment for scheduled worship services and other activities in support of our music ministry. Cheryl also works with our music director and worship team to rehearse with Hunt’s Chancel Choir and Children’s Choir.