Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. V. P. Travis, Jr.

Executive Director/Emmaus Christian Counseling
and Emmaus Healing Ministries

Contact: emmauscounselor@gmail.com


  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Doctorate, D.Min, Pastoral Theology, Pasadena, CA
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, M.Div., Louisville, Ky
  • Liberty University, MA., Master of Arts Counseling, Lynchburg, VA
  • University of Kentucky, Bachelors of General Studies in Respiratory Therapy & Psychology), Lexington, Ky
  • Clinical Pastoral Education-4 CPE Units, Clinical Integration Theology & Psychology
  • Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education-(Hospital Chaplaincy)- (7R) US Army Chaplain CORPS

Pastoral Counseling Credentials

  • NCCA Clinical Supervisor, NCCA Diplomat, National Board of Christian Clinical Counselors
  • NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor (Advanced Certification) NCCA licensed #51355) by National Board of Examiners of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA)
  • Suicide Prevention Trainer for ASIST, QPR, Spirituotherapy and Exchanged Life
  • Certified Academic Institution, Executive Director-Knoxville Campus, for National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA)
  • International Representative for Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling
  • Ordained priest authorized to conduct Christian pastoral counseling under statues of Tennessee State Law (TCA 24-1-206)
  • Board Certified (by National Board of Examiners of the National Christian Counselors Association-NCAA):
  • Marriage and Family, NCAA-Advanced Certification
  • Gottman Marriage Institute- Level 1 Training, 2007, Seattle, WA

Pastoral Experience

  • Canon Missioner for Midsouth Diocese, Sharpsburg, GA
  • Priest/Emmaus Abbey Church, Knoxville, TN
  • Executive Director Emmaus Christian Counseling, Knoxville, TN
  • Healing Ministry – Completed Four Levels of Training under Francis & Judith McNutt, Jacksonville, Fl
  • U.S. Army Chaplain (Ret), Lieutenant Colonel-22 years
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling (CPE) – – 30 years
  • Clinical Chaplain, US Army, Behavioral Mental Health Services-1998-2008
  • Teaching/Preaching- 33 years
  • US Military & Professional Chaplain- 22 years
  • Missionary- 25 years
  • Church Affiliation: CEC, Diocese of Mid-South, Sharpsburg, GA
  • Canon Missioner: Tennessee Commission on Ministry
  • Diocese of South East Commission on Marriage

Dr. Travis is the senior pastor at Emmaus Abbey Church in Knoxville and the founder and Director of Emmaus Christian Counseling Ministries.

Areas of Expertise

Common Issues for Counseling & Inner Healing

  • Individual Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Temperament Therapy
  • Marital Struggles/Family Conflict
  • Addictions: They are not only physical, they are spiritual, finding the root problem is essential for addiction recovery and Relapse (Emmaus Abbey uses the “Living Free” materials for dealing with functional addicts.)
  • Trauma: domestic & sexual violence
  • Emotional Issues: resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Stress: PTSD, Work/Occupational Issues
  • Discipleship for Men & Women
  • Military/Deployments Issues (Re-Integration) Family, Work, Community, Church
  • Finances
  • Spiritual Conflict/Church Dissatisfaction/Conflict
  • Grief/Loss