You pretty much have been under a rock the last year if you haven’t heard the chart topping single Intentional by award winning singer Travis Greene. If you haven’t purchased the complete album yet, let me just suggest that you should.. In 2015 the album, The Hill, was released as his sophomore album and Travis Greene shared an amazing testimony where he and his wife experienced a miracle of God when it came to the birth of their first-born son, David Jace. Well, I had the amazing opportunity to speak with the woman behind the faith, Dr. Jackie Greene.
Two become One
Jackie and Travis met in 2007 at Georgia Southern University while she was in her first year of undergraduate studies and he a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and recent graduate of the university was continuously visiting to support the campus ministry that he was a part of while enrolled. Jackie recalls first seeing Travis at a service held by the campus ministry (Spirit of Truth) where Travis was supposed to minister in song but the lord led him in a different direction that day. Jackie had not known too many young men who expressed a passion for God the way she witnessed Travis do on that day. After the service was over Travis was being social and speaking with everyone. Jackie described their official introduction with Travis approaching her group of friends and asking for everyone’s name to become acquainted. When he asked for Jackie’s name she shared it with him and in a flirting way Travis said the incorrect name which only allowed for a bit more dialogue between he and Jackie so she could correct him.
It was about a month after that introduction at another campus ministry event that Travis shared with the congregation that he was going to marry a woman from Spirit of Truth ministries while making eye contact with Jackie. Jackie was taken back a bit by the comment knowing that Travis was a bold individual to proclaim such a thing. Once again, there was interaction between the two after the service. This time Travis made the first move by taking Jackie’s phone and calling his phone so they would have each other’s number. Jackie describes the early years of their relationship as an on and off cycle until her senior year when Travis seemed to step up the game a bit and get serious about their future. In December of 2011 the two became one in holy matrimony.
Life with Family & Ministry
Jackie went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia for dentistry. The testimony of David Jace’s birth occurred during the time that Jackie was attending medical school. Jackie graduated in the hospital chapel due to early delivery. Jackie postponed practicing dentistry right away so she could stay home and care for their son until age 2 and be a support to her husband. Jackie doesn’t see it as separated or isolated ministry, but rather everything is done together as a family .
2016 has brought a couple of changes to the Greene family. In spring of this year Forward City Church was launched hosting Monday night services and on August 21st the ministry launched full fledge with Sunday services as well. Jackie doesn’t find it surprising to be in the new role of pastoring alongside her husband. As a young woman, she believed God had shown her that she and her husband would lead a ministry, she was just waiting for God to show Travis, and God did just that.
Jackie shared that Travis is free spirited and likes to have freedom instead of being in one place all the time. Pastoring wasn’t really something that Travis saw himself doing, but “God showed him that he could still be Travis and just do it,” said Jackie.
Jackie and Travis have always had a passion for helping young men and women, but now they have a new role as pastors. Jackie shared that the transition was not hard but there is a high demand on the family to understand that they do need to serve the people of the church. The birth of their second son, Travis Joshua, put a halt on going into dentistry practice for Jackie as well as the amount of time she can offer to the ministry. “Having a newborn can cause a toll on the amount of sleep and free time,” mentioned Jackie. Nothing comes before the household. Home is the first ministry, but there is an understanding of why things are being done for ministry.
Their ministry is for people of all ages but they are extremely passionate about the college demographic because they believe that is the stage in life when Satan really tries to attack the mind, body
and spirit of a person. They want young people to understand that the choices they make during that stage effect their lives then and later. They try to be as transparent as possible when ministering so the people understand that no one is perfect and God’s grace and love extend to all people.
The church is nontraditional. Jackie believes that God initiates and it’s their responsibility to follow God while being careful not to become overwhelmed by religious practices defeating themselves. Jackie shared that God uses Travis to speak a word that is relevant for the times and Travis is able to break it down for anyone to understand. . They desire for people to come in and be healed as their prayer is for people to be open and honest with themselves and God. They teach that people are people and God is God.
Even in their own walk Jackie states that she and Travis don’t try to be someone else, they are not performing for anyone. The same people they are at home, they are at church and everywhere else they go.
When asked if there has been a change in the roles played at home and church for Jackie due to Travis’ music career Jackie stated that Travis says that he dates music, but he loves worship. Music is a tool that he uses in his worship. While that is what he does, what pulls him strongest is the church, even if he is on the road, Travis makes a strong effort to be home at Forward City Church for Sundays.
Jackie does whatever it takes to help with the ministry, anywhere from prayer calls to heart to heart sessions with the women. She is aware that eventually she will be pulled on to speak from time to time but for now she is there to assist wherever needed and care for the men in her home.
When asked about their celebration plans Jackie informed that the Greene family shares their holidays between both Jackie and Travis’ family. Travis’ family is from South Carolina and for thanksgiving they have a huge gathering. Other times they travel to Georgia to celebrate with Jackie’s family. However, there have been times for Christmas where they make time for immediate family and stay home with each other to make it special for their sons to have their own traditions.
To Learn more about their new ministry check out Forward City Church on Sunday’s – 11am
1515 Main St
Columbia, South Carolina