Travena was born in a quiet, peaceful little town outside of Nashville, TN. She grew up with her cousins and aunts next door. Her grandparents lived just down the road, because Her "extra special"
grandfather, gave each of his three children land to build a house on.
Travena loved to take in the country air via riding her bike, playing with her cousins, throwing rocks into her grandmother's pond, and walking not to far to visit her grandfather.
Reading & books became her passion. Her Aunt Mai, would tell of her always carrying paper and pen when she'd come to her house to visit.
She remembers having a bottom dresser drawer full of skits and plays she'd written. Even now her favorite accessory is paper and pen!
As a child she recalls finding her mother on her knees, many times praying. Her love for God and the Bible would influence Travena's desire to know HIM.
As she trudged off to attend a private christian college, she would later find herself failing religion class. In much frustration having attended church all of her life, she began a journey to engulf herself in the teachings of the Bible.
Her older sister had started to attend another congregation with her boyfriend.
After many invites from her older sister, Travena was intrigued but, not enough to visit.
She began visiting many other different congregations, only to find the itch she had still remained.
Travena decided to take her sister up, on her first offer to attend worship service with her.
Her nephew had just been born and her feelings of displacement & uncertainty became more significant. As time progressed, she took her sister up on her second offer to have Open Bible Study Class.
She was excited and a little nervous from the start, but quickly felt at ease with her two Teachers, Janice Marcus (whom she had known from a little girl) and Bertha Patterson (who quickly became a dear friend).
As she progressed in her classes. she couldn't wait for the next. Her eyes could finally see, her ears could now hear, and her steps were being pointed in the right direction.
Needless to say, that itch she had, was finally being scratched.
On April 25, 1990 she was baptized into the body of Christ by Derrick Marcus! She has only looked back to grow from her mistakes, and continues to look forward, so one day to receive her desired goal of Heaven.
During her journey toward worshipping God, she has suffered bruises, attacks, and scars from the enemy. She is a full fledged 32 year veteran in being a christian and knows firsthand how Satan seeks to devour our minds.
She is determined NOT to allow her scars or bruises to derail her destination, but uses them to learn and grow closer to her spiritual Father!
As she was baptized and began developing in her conviction with God, her battles have led her toward continual
relentless & humble transformation.
She truly loves the Lord, His people, and the souls of many.
Her passion is genuine for helping and empathizing with the people of God, especially her love for teaching the lost, shows as she can be found striking a conversation with many.
You can find her arms wrapped around a hurting sister, praying on her behalf, & pinpoint her footsteps in the homes of the weary.
She is willing to spend time & effort in assisting the spiritual growth of women & girls.
Travena is the Symposium Originator and chair of the Tennessee Girls Symposium Series.
A program that seeks to strengthen personal relationships between God & girls; while promoting spiritual growth, fellowship, accountability, and interchange.
She worships faithfully with the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in Mt. Juliet, TN, where she serves as Ladies Bible Class Teacher and Greeter.
Travena recently was asked to teach during the "Ladies Summer Bible Class Series."
Her topic was, "Endurance: Fight For Your Life"
She was also featured in the From our readers, July 2017 Issue of Christian Chronicle Magazine. Travena has written, produced, & directed plays for Youth Seminars and Girls Events. She has developed girls Bible curriculum for classes, retreats, & sleep-overs, with her dear friend Elaine Reynolds. She is a seven year former Ladies Retreat Coordinator, and was the creator of a Ladies Support Group, which allowed women to discuss life challenges and seek Biblical resolve.
She attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY.
Travena is a Christian first; wife second; and mom third, but place a Bible in her hand with a message on her heart and you will see why she has been called "relatable, sincere, deliberate, humble & an amazing teacher!"
She has been blessed to speak and teach women & girls throughout the United States.
Amidst all of her many loves and goals, her greatest reward and joy comes from serving her husband, Will of 23 years & their Teen-age son.
Travena is the first black author to be published by 21st Century Christian, located in Nashville, TN.
Her first book,
"Traveling Toward Transformation"
continues to encourage and challenge the lives of its readers.
Christian Woman Magazine, featured her book in review as a book to read.
Travena says, "It is truly the largest blessing to share a common faith with your husband and witness him teaching our son the gospel, and see him obey the gospel; thus become a baptized believer on May 15, 2016!!
If I can offer any encouragement to any christian or unbeliever, it would be to:
get in the RACE, stay in the RACE, and FINISH!
Don't let anyone or anything hinder or deter you from FINISHING and receiving the reward of HEAVEN!!"