Our Team

Travis Sharpe- President and Founder

Travis has been working with the homeless for over 23 years. From 1996-2001, he organized and led the City Bus ministry at Victory Baptist Church in North Augusta, SC. In April of 2001 Travis, along with the support of Victory Baptist Church founded the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta, GA. Travis was the Executive Director there until he resigned in April of 2009 so that he could focus his efforts on the rising homeless problem around the world. His efforts to minister to the homeless on a global scale led to the forming of Unsheltered International in January of 2011. Travis and his family are members of Temple Baptist Church in Cullman, AL.  

Email: travis@unsheltered.org


Tara Philyaw- CFO/ President’s Assistant

Tara Philyaw As Chief Financial Officer, Tara takes care of the day to day finances and oversees the general administration of the business end of the ministry. She also serves as a personal secretary to the President. Tara and her husband Shane are faithful members of Temple Baptist Church .

Email: tara@unsheltered.org

 

 

Board of Directors


Todd Crusenberry 

Todd is the pastor of Community Baptist Church in Bristol, TN. He has traveled to the Philippines many times leading medical mission trips as well as other trips. It was Todd who first introduced Travis to the Philippines ministry in 2013. He lives in Bristol, TN with his wife Marie.

 

Email: toddcrusenberry@bvu.net


Howard Dye – Board Chair

Howard Dye Howard lives in Grovetown, GA and is the owner of Dye’s Southern Catering. He and his wife Debbie have been married for forty years. With his vast experience in the catering and restaurant business, Howard is a real help to our team when it comes to large scale meal preparation during disasters. He and Debbie are members of Victory Baptist Church in North Augusta, SC.

 

Email: howard.dye55@icloud.com


Pastor Steve Dixon – Treasurer

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Steven Dixon Jr has been the lead pastor at Porters Grove Baptist Church in Rising Sun, MD since 2012. He and his wife Rebekah have three children and live in Rising Sun. Before taking the pastorate at Porters Grove, Steve was an associate pastor at Charlestown Baptist Church from 2005-2012.

Steve also founded an innovative ministry called The Corners of the Field Ministry. Through this ministry he and church members distribute food on a weekly basis to needy families in their community and they also provide food and supplies to homeless people in their area. Steve is also a Master Electrician.

Email: sdixonjr@me.com


Dan Baity

Dan served as a Youth worker for over 20 years at Franklin Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, MD. He enjoyed every moment of it and every aspect of it. From time to time, he and his wife Shirley would serve at the Baltimore Rescue Mission and their heart got pulled towards working in a street ministry of some sort, but did not have clear direction.

Then one fine Spring day they joined with the Unsheltered International Team in Coatesville, PA as they were conducting a Resource Clinic. He and Shirley saw the positive impact the Resource Clinic was having on the community. “We got to know Travis and the Unsheltered International Team a little better and felt lead to join their efforts as best we could,” Dan says. “We made Travis and the Unsheltered International Team objects of prayer. Little did we know they were praying for us as well! I am truly humbled to be asked to join this team on a more official basis and look forward  to serving for years to come.”

Currently Dan and Shirley attend services at Emmorton Baptist Church in Bel Air, MD. They have three children and six Grandchildren.

Email: baity91@zoominternet.net


Mike Gurley

Mike and Leeann Gurley have supported Unsheltered International for many years. They have given to help the ministry in many different facets including mission trips and fundraisers. Prior to the formation of UI, Mike also supported Garden City Rescue Mission which was Travis’s first ministry. Mike owns a small business and they make their home in Harlem, GA and are members of Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, GA.

 

Mike’s Email: mikegurley@aol.com


Johnny Rockefellar

Johnny and Jennifer Rockefellar live in the Harlem, GA area and are active members of Old Union Baptist Church where Johnny has been serving as an interim pastor. They have joyfully supported Unsheltered Internationally for many years and have participated in resource clinics and two trips to the Philippines. Johnny works with a local company in Augusta, GA and devotes much of his free time to serving in his church, preaching and mission trips.

 

Johnny’s Email: johnnyrock1@comcast.net

 

 

Resource Clinic Leadership Team


Tim & Adrienne Barbee

Tim and Adrienne have been part of the leadership team since our inception in 2011. They have served in every capacity and helped to develop the resource clinic program. Tim is a full time truck driver and Adrienne works for a trucking company in the office. They are members of Temple Baptist Church in Fairview, AL.

 

Tim’s areas of leadership- Logistics Manager, Transportation, Set-up, Counseling, Outreach
Adrienne’s areas of leadership- Birth certificates, resource supervisor, Registration, Counseling, Kids activities

Tim’s Email: timbarbee1@gmail.com
Adrienne’s Email: adriennembarbee@gmail.com

Denny & Melissa Mitchell

Denny and Melissa are missionaries to the homeless in America and have been part of the leadership team since 2014. As missionaries, they are working towards opening a rescue mission in Abingdon, VA. They live in that area and are members of Beulah Baptist Church in Meadowview, VA. You can learn more about their ministry by following their Facebook page here.

 

Denny’s areas of leadership- Job assignments, Counseling, Evangelism, Greeting, Outreach
Melissa’s areas of leadership- Birth certificates, Resource supervisor, Counseling, Registration, Kids activities

 


Chris & Lisa Russell

Chris and Lisa have a wonderful ministry called Spreading God’s Word Ministry. Chris is passionate about getting God’s Word to pastors and Christians in countries that don’t have easy access to the Bible. They have been a part of the leadership team since 2013. They were instrumental in the clothing giveaway portion of every resource clinic. Chris and Lisa live in Sunbright, TN. Learn more about their ministry here.

Chris’s areas of leadership- Clothing, Counseling, Bibles
Lisa’s areas of leadership- Clothing, Counseling, Bibles

 

Chris’s Email: rcr@post.com
Lisa’s Email: larussell01@yahoo.com

Steve & Beka Dixon

Steve and Beka have been part of the leadership team since 2013. They live in Rising Sun, MD and Steve is the pastor of Porters Grove Baptist Church and also serves on the board of directors.

 

 

Steve’s areas of leadership- Clinic leader, Job assignments, Counseling, Food preparation, Cooking

Beka’s areas of leadership – Food service, Cooking, Counseling

Steve’s Email:  sdixonjr@me.com

Tara Philyaw

 Tara has been a part of the leadership team since the beginning in 2011. She serves in a full time capacity as our administrative assistant and CFO. She lives in Cullman, AL and is a member with her family at Temple Baptist Church.

 

 

Tara’s areas of leadership– Birth certificates, registration, Resource supervisor

Tara’s Email: tara@unsheltered.org

Jesse Mickle

 

Jesse has been part of the leadership team since 2016 and uses his skills in pulling trailers and setting up at the resource clinics and maintaining things during the event. He is a member at Temple Baptist Church in Cullman, AL where is is also on the parking team.

 

 

Jesse’s areas of leadership- Transportation, set up, Safety

Jesse’s Email:  jmhorserider@gmail.com


Larry Mickle

 

Larry has been a part of the leadership team since 2016. He is a member and deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Cullman, AL. He is always ready to help in any area needed and mostly works in the setting up and logistical parts of the resource clinics.

 

 

Larry’s areas of leadership- Set up, Safety, Transportation

Todd Crusenberry

 

Todd is the pastor of Community Baptist Church in Bristol, TN and a board member with Unsheltered. He has served on the leadership team since 2012 when we first did a resource clinic in conjunction with his church in Bristol. Todd also travels to the Philippines to lead mission trips.

 

Todd’s areas of leadership-Evangelism, Outreach, Job assignments

 

Todd’s Email: toddcrusenberry@bvu.net


Travis & April Sharpe

 

Travis and April have been a part of the leadership team since the very begining helping to build the resource clinic program. Travis serves as President of Unsheltered International. He and April have been missionaries since 1999.

 

 

Travis’s areas of leadership- Clinic leader, Evangelism, Resource supervisor, Job assignments, Counseling, Greeting, Set up, Logistics, Outreach
April’s areas of leadership- Food preparation, Cooking, Counseling, Registration

 

Travis’ Email: tsharpe40@yahoo.com
April’s Email: apriljsharpe@hotmail.com

Hunter Sharpe

 

Hunter has been a part of the leadership team since the very beginning. He is the son of Travis and April Sharpe and has traveled extensively with his family doing missionary work in many places around the world. He is a full time college student studying entrepreneurship at Wallace State Community College. He is a member at Temple Baptist Church where he is active in the student ministry.

 

Hunter’s areas of leadership- Set up, Counseling, Outreach

 

Hunter’s Email: Hls0213@yahoo.com

Sarah Sharpe

 

Sarah is the daughter of Travis and April Sharpe, and like her older brother Hunter, She has been to almost every resource clinic there has been. With her family, has traveled to several foreign countries and all around the United States doing missionary work. Sarah is passionate about languages and has a burden for Asia. She sings in the choir at Temple Baptist Church and is also on the praise team for the student ministry.

 

Sarah’s areas of leadership- Birth certificates, Kids activities

 

Sarah’s Email: sassysharpe04@icloud.com

Steve and Kim Battles

 

Steve and Kim have been a part of the leadership team since 2017. They live in Susan Moore, AL and are members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church where Steve is a deacon. Kim works as a school nurse with children in grades K-12 and Steve works for Walmart Distribution Center. Steve also heads up a homeless outreach program through his church in conjunction with Unsheltered.

 

Steve’s areas of leadership- Birth certificates, Outreach, Registration, Counseling
Kim’s areas of leadership- Medical, Registration, Counseling, Kids activities

 

Kim’s Email: kbattles92@gmail.com

Mark and Jennifer Helms

 

Mark and Jennifer have been on the leadership team since 2016. Jennifer is a hair dresser and she has helped us to develop that portion of the resource clinics. Mark is the pastor of Burton’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Troutdale, VA. Both Mark and Jennifer serve the Lord selflessly and are always a blessing.

 

 

Mark’s areas of leadership- Haircuts, Counseling
Jennifer’s areas of leadership- Hair cuts, Counseling

 

Mark’s Email: mchelms70@gmail.com
Jennifer’s Email: suzieq11472@yahoo.com

Megan Helms

 

Megan has been part of the leadership team since 2016 and has been a blessing to us. She travels with her family and never misses if she can help it. Megan is a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Stanleytown, VA and she lives in Fieldale, VA.

 

 

Megan’s areas of leadership- Haircuts


Amanda Smith

 

Amanda and her husband Rob are missionaries to England. Amanda has been on our leadership team since 2016 and we know she will be moving overseas soon. But until she does, we enjoy her service. Amanda is a member of Burton’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and she lives in Rural Retreat, VA.

 

 

Amanda’s areas of leadership- Haircuts


Howard Dye

 

Howard DyeHoward is the chairman of the Unsheltered International Board of directors and has helped with the resource clinics for many years now. As a professional caterer, he has helped us to learn about food service and has been instrumental in helping to build that portion of our resource clinic ministry. Howard is a member of Victory Baptist Church of North Augusta, SC and lives in Martinez, GA.

 

Howard’s areas of leadership- Food preparation, Cooking, Counseling

 

Howard’s Email: Howard.dye55@icloud.com

Joe Newsome

 

Joe joined the leadership team in 2014. He is a member at Porters Grove Baptist Church where he is a deacon and very involved in their local ministry. Joe also serves in a missionary/evangelist capacity and is always preaching somewhere and helping local churches. He is passionate about winning souls.

 

 

Joe’s areas of leadership- Greeting, Evangelism, Counseling

 

Joe’s Email: joenewsome263@aol.com

Paul Stensrud
Paul is the director of Jesus Cares at Exit 0 Homeless Outreach in Jeffersonville, IN. He is passionate about helping the unsheltered and is very skilled at outreach and networking. Paul has been part of the leadership team since 2016 and he helps in many ways. You can learn more about his ministry here.

 

Paul’s areas of leadership- Medical, Outreach, Counseling

 

Paul’s Email: paul@jesuscaresatexit0.org


Dr. Michael “Doc” Bonacum

 

Doc, as we affectionately call him, has been a part of the leadership team since 2016. He is our go-to man for all things medical and has been a tremendous blessing in that area as well as others. Doc is the lead pastor at Silvercrest Village Chapel in New Albany, IN and also the missions coordinator for New Beginnings Community Church in New Albany, IN. He lives in Georgetown, IN and is also a big part of Jesus Cares at Exit 0 Homeless Outreach.

 

Doc’s areas of leadership- Medical, Counseling, Outreach

Pat Feistel

 

Pat is the director at Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta, GA and has been a member of the leadership team since 2019. Having worked at the mission for many years, and now being the director, Pat brings lots of experience with him. He lives in Edgefiels, SC and is a member at Lakeside Baptist Church in Clearwater, SC. Learn more about Garden City Rescue Mission here.

 

Pat’s areas of leadership- Evangelism, Counseling

 


Shaun Taylor

 

Shaun has been a part of the leadership team since 2014. He loves to cook and can often be found in the kitchen. He and his family live in Rising Sun, MD and are members of Porters Grove Baptist Church where he serves in many capacities.

 

 

Shaun’s areas of leadership- Food preparation, Cooking

 

Shaun’s Email:  Jadentrinitysdaddy@yahoo.com

 

 

Unsheltered International Philippines Board of Directors


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