Since 1990 Dr. Ted Traylor is the pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. His weekly radio and television ministry, At the Heart of Things, reaches thousands of homes along the Gulf Coast and through weekly podcasts and streaming. Dr. Traylor’s bold and practical preaching brings people to a fresh understanding of God’s Word and challenges them to become bondservants for Christ.
A lifelong enthusiastic sports fan, Ted’s early desire was to pursue a career in coaching. But at age seventeen, he surrendered his life to become a preacher of the Gospel. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Samford University in 1977 and a Master of Divinity (1981) and Doctor of Ministry (1986) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is known for his uncompromising stand on Biblical issues and strong defense of the Christian faith. In addition to serving as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000 and President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1995, Dr. Traylor was President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2004 Pastors’ Conference, 2010 Pensacola Bay Baptist Association moderator, and was part of the 2010 Great Commission Resurgence Task force team. Currently Dr. Traylor is proud to serve on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board for the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!).
Dr. Traylor has preached extensively throughout the United States in conferences and revivals. Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania has honored him by placing his name on the chair of Pastoral Leadership. He travels there frequently to preach and teach the Gospel in this area of Europe. Through Dr. Traylor’s leadership and vision to impact the world for Christ, Olive Baptist has sponsored international mission trips to Argentina, Ghana, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Egypt, Costa Rica, India, Bahamas and Brazil. Olive is also currently partnering in church plants in New York City, Montreal, and Connecticut.
Dr. Traylor’s family is his proudest accomplishment. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Liz, for 38 years. They have two children, Rachel and Bennett. Rachel is married to Brad Hinote, and they have two daughters, Kathryn and Elizabeth.
Dr. Traylor is the author of three books:
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