While playing Knothole baseball, he received the nickname of "T" or "Big T" long before "Mr. T" ever came along.
Pastor Travis Smalley, a native of the Cincinnati area, has been the Lead Pastor at Lakota Hills since 2006. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and his Master's degree from Liberty University.
Some of his passions include multi-generational and multi-ethnic ministry, seeing people connect with Jesus and grow into fully-devoted followers of Jesus, coaching young leaders and church planters.
What he loves most about LHBC is the amazing generosity of our congregation.
In addition to serving as full-time Lead Pastor at LHBC, Pastor Travis serves as the Send Cincinnati Missionary with the North American Mission Board. His responsibilities are to discover, develop and deploy leaders and congregations to start churches in the Cincinnati area that are in desperate need of gospel-centered churches.
He is married to his beatiful wife, Robin, and they have two children, Anita and JR. He is a self-proclaimed geek who loves to read, study, listen to preaching, spend time with his family, work out, go boxing and watch football.
One of his favoirte Bible verses:
We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Travis is also a SYMBIS assessment certified facilitator.
Ryan Miller has served at LHBC since 2014. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Leadership from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his Master's degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as LHBC's Youth Pastor and Outreach Co-Director. Ryan is passionate about seeing people come to newer and deeper levels of knowing Jesus Christ. He greatly enjoys having the opportunity to work with youth and seeing them grow in their relationships with Christ. What he loves most about LHBC is our involvement in the community.
In addition to serving as the Associate Pastor, Ryan is a wrestling coach at Liberty Junior School.
Ryan is married to his beautiful wife, Cydney, who serves joyfully alongside of him in ministry. Together they have a beautiful daughter, Solay. In his free time, he loves to play sports like baseball, football and frisbee golf. He is also an avid movie watcher.
Favorite Bible verse:
My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. -Philippians 1:20
Ryan is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his favorite movie, Gladiator.
David loves ethnic food and is always willing to try something new and or weird.
David Anderson grew up as a missionary kid in Venezuela and Spain where he got an inside look into the global Church and its beautiful diversity. David came to know the Lord at a young age while in Venezuela, but it wasn't until he had moved to Spain that God started calling him to full time ministry as a worship leader.
David went to Cedarville University in Ohio and graduated in 2016 with a BA in Music and a BA in Worship. He is currently pursuing his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
While working here, David got engaged to the love of his life, Jillissa. David and Jillissa got married in May 2017, are excited to minister together as a couple.
David is passionate about worshipping God and encouraging others to join in with the rest of creation in glorifying our great, creator God. He has been leading worship since high school and has had the privilege of leading traveling worship bands, working as a worship intern at churches and camps, and even leading worship internationally in Costa Rica and Spain.
David's definition of worship is, "Worship is the correct response to a proper understanding of who God is and what God has done for us."
Scott Clark, a native of Oxford, Ohio and graduate of Talawanda High School, has been the Children's Minister at LHBC since 2012. Scott loves leading children to follow Jesus, and teaching and encouraging children to share their faith with the people around them. Growing up as a child in a divorced family, Scott directly saw and felt the hardships that many children are facing today; because of that, teaching children and helping them to work through the many issues of growing up is a profound passion of Scott's. He counts it a great honor to have the opportunity to be a godly influence in the lives of children and their families. What he loves most about LHBC is the love that he receives from his church family, the community involvement, and knowing that anyone who comes to visit will hear the gospel and receive sound, Biblical teachings.
In addition to serving as Children's Minister, Scott also works full-time as the Assistant Vice President/ Officer Banking Center Manager & Lending Officer at First Financial Bank.
He is a great husband to his wife, Lori, and a wonderful role model to his three children, Karley, Sean, and Joey. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and exploring the rural areas where he grew up near Darrtown, Ohio.
Favorite Bible verse:
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10
Scott danced on the local "Uncle Al" show
in the mid-1970s.
Robin Smalley, a native of the Cincinnati area, has serves as LHBC's Administrative Assistant. She earned her degree from University of Cincinnati. Robin finds joy in serving and helping others, specifically through the role of administrative assistant.
Robin is also LHBC's English as a Second Language Director. What she loves most about LHBC is that our church family loves to spend time together as well as we are eager and excited about sharing the gospel with our community.
Robin has been married to Travis for over 20 years and God has blessed them with two amazing children, Anita, who is an aspiring lawyer, and JR, who plans to study business in college this fall. In her spare time, Robin loves to spend time with her family, bake, be outdoors, garden, work in her flowerbeds, sit outside on her favorite porch swing, fish, walk, and hike.
Favorite Bible verse:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself. -Matthew 22:37-38
Robin's favorite song is "Shine"
by the Newsboys
Nick Trascritti has been in the Cincinnati area since 2008, when his father moved to the area to serve at a local church. Nick is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry with hopes to serve on a church staff in the future. He actively serves in LHBC as a volunteer playing drums in worship on Sunday mornings and teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school with his wife, Tori.
He and Tori have been married since November 2018, with a baby on the way. They have been attending LHBC since July 2018, and absolutely love the church and its people.
In his free time, Nick enjoys playing video games, fixing up old guitars, and watching movies. His favorite genre of movie is Comedy, but he has a weakness for 80’s action flicks.
We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:9
Nick has an extensive hot sauce collection and makes his own.
Carolina Vargas is been serving at LHBC as a part-time office Assistant since 2016. She was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the United States as a young teenager when her family decided to relocate. At an early age she faced the struggles of an immigrant in a new country, leaning a new language and culture. As an immigrant herself she is very passionate about helping other immigrants. This is why she also serves alongside her husband as a preschool teacher in our ESL ministry and the Spanish Small group on Sundays.
While living in the States she met and married her husband Andres Riveros, who is also from Colombia. They have been blessed with four wonderful children, Miguel, Tania, Julian and Jacobo. She loves spending time with her family, they enjoy camping, hiking, exploring and the outdoors.
Favorite Verse: But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reach his ears. Psalm 18:6
Carolina loves traveling and getting to know new places.