The Rev. Travis Helms, Missioner
Travis was born in Houston, TX in 1983 – during the fore-pangs of Hurricane Alicia! He grew up in Atlanta, GA – where he played lacrosse and wrestled, started a loose-leaf tea club, and discovered poetry. He was an English Major (Creative Writing) and Classics Minor (Latin) at Dartmouth College. After graduating, he lived in poet Robert Frost’s old homestead them worked for Crawdaddy! Rock Music Journal in San Francisco. He then taught English for two years with the Peace Corps in Madagascar. He attended seminary at Berkeley Episcopal Seminary at Yale Divinity School, then moved to England to pursue a PhD in poetry and theology at Cambridge University. In 2015, Travis joined the staff of St. Matthew’s, Austin as Youth Minister. He was ordained priest in 2017 – and since June 2018 has directed LOGOS Poetry Collective: a “poetry-church” missional community that congregates monthly in east Austin.
Travis lives in Hyde Park with his amazing wife, Gracie Fraser Helms, who is an MBA student at Acton Business School and runs Village Learning tutoring company. In his free time he loves writing, running, plunging into Barton Springs, seeing live music and taking long walks with Gracie and their dog, Roo. Travis’ parents met and fell in love on the 40 acres as UT undergrads – so he feels like it is particularly poetic that he gets to do ministry on this campus so dear to his heart.
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Caleb Parker, Program Coordinator
Caleb Parker grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. In 2015, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Liberal Arts Honors degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. After college, he served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year San Antonio, tutoring English Language Arts at a Title I high school. An alumnus of the Episcopal Student Center, Caleb joined the ESC as Program Coordinator in July of 2016.
Caleb lives in a small housing cooperative in Central Austin and is the keyboardist for the post-punk band Blood. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction and poetry, swimming, bouldering, and bicycling. He is the son of two episcopal priests.
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