Digital Resume


Travis Jeffords


Worship Clips






Master of Divinity; Christian Theological Seminary. Anticipated graduation date: 2018


Master of Music, Music Composition; University of Texas. GPA: 3.9

 {{{The Answers are in the Arches}}} for Full Orchestra. Original Composition.


Bachelor of Music, Music Theory; Southwestern University. GPA: 3.9 Summa Cum Laude

Atom Bombs and Blunt Razors for String Orchestra. Capstone Composition.

Vocational Ministry Experience


Director of Contemporary Worship, College Ministry Director

First United Methodist Church Bloomington. 2009-present.




Director of Contemporary Worship

  • Directs flow and content of weekly worship service including song selection, special liturgical elements, visual projection, creation of weekly announcement videos, audio and lighting overview.
    • Click here to view flow chart for use at The Open Door
    • Click here to view detailed Technical Flow Chart for use at The Open Door.
    • Click here to view a sample of our weekly announcement videos
  • Casts vision, co-ordinates, and oversees all aspects of sermon series including the creation of series graphics, bumper videos, liturgical elements, set design, and the strategic use of pre-service music, song selection, band wardrobe, and other special in-worship elements to create a unified worship experience around the theme of the series.
    • Click here to view planning charts, designed for use at The Open Door
    • Click here to view samples of graphics and bumper videos from Bishop’s Student Leadership Academy 2015.
  • Creates chord charts for band, and arrangements for string, woodwind, and brass musicians for use in Open Door worship.  Arrangements are available for free at and have been downloaded over 5,000 times for use in churches world wide every Sunday.
  • Recruits, equips, and co-ordinates members and leaders of multiple volunteer ministry teams including worship, stage design, tech, and videography teams. Expanded worship team from 9 every week members to 27 rotating members including strings, brass, and woodwinds.
  • Hires and contracts videographers and musicians

College Ministry Director 2011-2017



  • Founded/Launched brand new Jubilee college ministry in 2011. Responsible for both overall ministry vision and day-to-day pastoral ministry.
  • Lead/coached team of 2 part time ministry staff, 4 interns, and 1 program assistant
  • Designed and implemented the two-year Jubilee Immersion Internship ministry exploration program that includes a system of weekly theological and ministry coachings, quarterly performance reviews, ministry discernment, spiritual support, and mentorship within four distinct ministry tracks.
    • Click here to watch the Jubilee Immersion Internship promotional video
    • Click here to view the PDF overview of the program
  • Received over $130,000 in ministry grants
  • Preaching/teaching, small group leader training, worship leader coaching, pastoral care

 Other First United Methodist Church Achievements

  • Oversaw/contracted website update to focus website to attracting first time visitors
  • Collaborated with UM Conference communications expert to launch staff-wide social media policy
  • Created videography ministry of both volunteer and contracted videographers
  • 2013 Vice President of CaRLA, Indiana Universities association of religious leaders on campus


Additional Worship Leadership


Twitch Worship Collective

Leads online community in weekly 2 hour praise and worship gathering. Click here for more info.

Worship Leadership for Conferences

2016 Our Life Together Conference, UM Indiana

2015 Bishop’s Student Leadership Academy, UM Indiana

2015 Bloomington Fringe Conference, ecumenical

2015 Our Life Together Conference, UM Indiana

2014 Bloomington Fringe Conference, ecumenical

2014 Bishop’s Student Leadership Academy, UM Indiana

2014 Our Life Together Conference, UM Indiana

2013 Bloomington-Area Young Life Fall Retreat

2013 Festival of Young Preachers Indianapolis, ecumenical

2013 138th Convention, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

2012 UNCO12 Un-conference, ecumenical

2011 Missio Conference, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio  

Worship Team Member

2005-2009 Vox Veniae, Evangelical Covenant

2006 Camp Chrysalis, ELCA Lutheran




waves and winds

Waves and Winds EP

A four song EP comprised mainly of hymns. Arrangements by Travis Jeffords. 2015. Click here to listen to the EP in its entirety.

 Be Still My Soul


Coming Home to You

Collaborated with Virginia recording artist and worship leader Amy Cox on her debut album ‘Coming Home to You’. Recorded and arranged background vocals, guitar, piano, and cello. 2014. Click here to hear more of the album.

 The Table



Written for and premiered at the 2012 UNCO Conference, this mass includes the 2011 text setting changes. 2012. Click here to listen to the mass in its entirety.

 Lord, Hear Our Prayer

 album cover

The Tiniest Bones, The Infinite Everything EP

The tinest bones, the infinite everything EP was the first release from Brother John, a 14-piece avant-folk orchestra comprised of three singers (two of which double on guitars), full woodwind and string sections, French horn, drums, electronics, and videography. Music arranged and composed by Travis Jeffords. 2010. Click here to listen to the EP in its entirety.

 We Now Believe

 flat earth

The Earth is Flat EP

A four song EP for the Folk quartet The Earth Is Flat featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, cello, and harmonica. Songwriting by Travis Jeffords. 2009


Five Stories EP

Home-recordings of early songwriting and arranging. Travis Jeffords. 2006

 The Ground Shakes with Your Heartbeat


Additional Relevant Work Experience


Composer, Arranger, Musical Engraver

Freelance Musical Engraver; 2009-2010.

Austin Classical Guitar Society; 2008-2009.


Texas Campaign for the Environment; 2007.

Cabin Leader

Camp Chrysalis; ELCA Lutheran Camp; 2006


Artistic Collaborations of Note



Tiny Circus                                                                                               

Composed film-score for various episodes for ‘Tiny Circus’, a collaborative project whose members engage communities to develop a show entitled: “The Other Histories of the World,” a series of short, stop-motion animated films. The films are projected in public spaces from a vintage airstream trailer, which tours the mid-west United States. In addition, the films have been screened at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Down to Earth Boston, the Anton Arts Center, and the Des Moines Arts Center, and has received grants from the Grinnell Area Arts Council. 2009.

The 9Dz

A four piece 90s cover band complete with costumes, sing-along lyric projection and 90s themed gifs.  Click here to visit the website.  Yes.  It really is an site.

Coming Home to You 

Collaborated with Virginia recording artist and worship leader Amy Cox on her debut album ‘Coming Home to You’. Recorded and arranged background vocals, guitar, piano, and cello. 2014. Click here to hear the album.

Brother John                                                                                                   

Collaborate with 14 musicians and a videographer to create the avant-folk orchestra and meditative art experience Brother John. Brother John released a limited-edition EP around the concepts of time and divinity, and performed with several national touring bands including Akron/Family and Balmorhea. 2014. Click here for Brother John one page.


Collaborated with playwright Natalie Goodnow and percussionist Josh Casiano to compose music and perform cello during the theater justice show ‘Muntu’, which received grants through the Texas Commission of the Arts and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and an award from the National Endowment of the Arts. Muntu ran for eight performances during the bilingual Latino theater troupe Teatro Vivo’s original production ‘Voces De Vivo: Voces de la Cultura Latina’, with additional performances in FronteraFest, San Antonio’s TeatroFest, Austin’s FringeFest, Westminster Retirement Center, and many other locations. 2008-2009.


Guest Lectures/Presentations/Publications

“Experiences in Contemporary Worship” Organ Colloquium. Dr. Janette Fishell.  Indiana University. 2010

“Values and Practices of Christian Communal Living” Introduction to Life-Span Development. Prof. Linda Patton. Indiana University. 2014

“Ministering to College Students and Young Adults” MERGE Family Ministry Conference. Indianapolis. 2015

“Values and Practices of Christian Communal Living” Introduction to Life-Span Development. Prof. Linda Patton. Indiana University. 2015

“Why Play Secular Songs in Worship” Click here to view article. 2015

“Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr. and Denominational Policies on Non-Heteronormativity” Theology and Ethics of MLK Conference. Christian Theological Seminary. 2016