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USA TEAM

Cullman, AL

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.  

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Tara Philyaw

CFO/ President’s Assistant

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 .

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Howard Dye

Board Chair

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.

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Pastor Steven Dixon

Treasurer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ron Brooks

Ron and his wife, Paula, met Travis and April in late 2011 after a work-related relocation moved them from South Florida to Blount county Alabama.  Quickly becoming friends with the Sharpe family they developed an admiration for their dedication to ministry.  This dedication to ministry was fueled by the primary desire to Share the Gospel while at the same time providing help to those in need.  They became supporters of the ministry as well as friends with the Sharpe Family.

“I was humbled and honored when asked to allow the board to consider me for a position on the Unsheltered International Board of Directors,” Ron said. “I consider it a true honor to be allowed to serve along the dedicated folks to help further the Gospel.”

Ron retired from the business world in Oct 2020.  He and Paula live in Blount County Alabama where they are active members of Gardendale First Baptist Church.

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Scott Campbell

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Victory Baptist College in North Augusta, SC. He and his wife Heather currently live in Vinemont, AL.  In September of 2018, along with the help of a great launch team, Scott planted Lifespring Baptist Church in Arab, AL where he serves as lead pastor. He is also the owner of Scott Campbell Painting and has experience in many areas of construction. The Campbell’s have actively supported and served with Unsheltered over the years and are extremely excited about the ministry’s future plans and opportunities.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

Todd Crusenberry

Mission Trip Leader

Todd is the pastor of Community Baptist Church in Bristol, TN. 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.

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Tim Barbee

Outreach

I am originally from Fairview, Alabama, but moved to Addison in 1984 where I graduated from Addison High School in 1991. Immediately after graduating, I joined the Army, where I served for 10 years, both nationally and internationally. After the Army, I finally made my way back home to Cullman, Alabama in 2007. Shortly after attending, I joined Temple Baptist Church in 2008. I have enjoyed  working very closely with Unsheltered International.  I am grateful to have been a small part of it over the years. In December 2020, I was invited to become the Campus Pastor for Temple Baptist Fairview Campus and without hesitation and on great faith, I climbed out of my semi-truck and into that role. A role that has matured my walk and continues to challenge me daily. I thank God for the opportunity.

I met my wife Adrienne, in 2008, that same year, she was saved and trusted in the Lord to lead her life right here at Temple Baptist Church. Needless to say, we were married shortly after in 2009. In total we have 4 children, Ashley, Michalah, Seth and Elliot. Currently, our youngest son, Elliot, serves on the Sights and Sounds team. My wife, Adrienne, sings in the choir at the Temple Baptist Fairview Location.

I can’t say enough what a privilege it is for us to serve the Lord, as a family, in any capacity. If you have a chance to come out and visit, I’d love to meet you and pray with you!

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Melvin & Vonda Hunter 

Warehouse Ministry Leaders

Each Monday from 9am-1pm a group of volunteers gather at our warehouse in Cullman, AL to work sorting clothes, packing boxes and whatever else needs to be done. Melvin and Vonda Hunter are leading this effort and doing a great job. If you want to know more about helping, call Melvin Hunter at 256-565-1810. They need weekly help and you would be an answer to prayer!