Travis Michael Fleming:
Founder and Executive Director
The voice of Apollos Watered, Travis is our podcast host, primary speaker, and vision caster. His passion is to make the Gospel known and understood in majority world cultures so that the church grows all over the world and all people groups may glorify God, reflecting the unity of Christ's church and His mission to the nations.
Travis grew up in the farmlands of east central Illinois and has had the privilege of pastoring for over 20 years from the urban center of Chicago, to the north shore of Massachusetts, and back to the suburbs of Chicagoland. Under his leadership each church grew in spiritual depth and diversity. Travis is a gifted speaker, frequently addressing churches, Christian camps, and conferences around the world. He boldly combines the deep truths of Scripture with a winsome, energetic and often entertaining style. Travis lives in northeast Florida, is a married father to four kids, an avid Chicago sports fan, collects International Harvester tractors, and enjoys trying out coffee and clothing from the hidden gems of the world
Kevin R. O’Brien:
Chief Strategy Officer/Executive Editor
A self-described pragmatic idealist, Kevin is always thinking, analyzing and looking for strategic ways to effectively accomplish our mission. An ordained pastor, writer and speaker, Kevin has a passion to help the church to be the church wherever God places it and who believes that the deep things of God are for everyone, not just a spiritual “elite”, that theology and everyday life go hand in glove. As our content guy, he helps Travis to develop the direction for the podcast, as well as curating and writing additional content.
Kevin grew up in a small town in the far western suburbs of Chicago, spent time on the east coast and in Toronto Canada. He has spent 20 years in the Christian publishing world as a book and music buyer for Lemstone Christian Stores, and a Bible developer and marketer with Tyndale House Publishers. As an independent strategic consultant, he has worked with Christianity Today and Oasis International. His articles have appeared in several Bibles including The Way and The NLT Illustrated Study Bible, as well as for FaithTech and Preaching Today. He is coauthor of Life on the Spectrum and author of Devotions for Advent 2020. Kevin lives in North Aurora, Illinois with his wife Loretta, their three children, a cat, a dog, and “temporarily” a chinchilla. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, reading, detective shows, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, and will eventually finish writing that novel.
Executive Marketing Officer
Travis's better half, Melissa leads the charge to get the word out about what's going on and why it matters. The rare Florida native, she loves her family, sunshine, beauty, interior design, good food, football, and cooking. She makes sure that our voice is consistent, our thoughts are sharp and that Travis is dressed appropriately in videos. Melissa leads the way in all aspects of communication for Apollos Watered. She has a degree in Church Music and loves leading people in worship and helping people go deeper in their walks with Jesus.
Wayne Stender is a marketing and media specialist with over 20 years of experience in brand development, management, marketing, and content creation. He spent 15 years at Hillcrest Academy in Fergus Falls, building a structure for student service and recruitment utilizing various marketing methods and platforms. He then served LB Homes, a senior care community, before the pandemic, raising census in residential units through marketing and brand management. During Covid, Wayne transitioned to manage BreakPoint and Upstream at the Colson Center, a nationally recognized radio and podcast played on over 1000 stations with over 16,000 daily podcast listeners.
Wayne holds a degree in intercultural ministries and global studies from Northwestern University in St. Paul, MN. He is a World Journalism graduate and a Colson Fellow. He has experience building cross-cultural ministries with a focus on intercultural community.
Wayne lives in Fergus Falls, MN with his wife and 8 children.
Sajid was born and raised in the great city of Chicago by his Christian mother from the Philippines and his Muslim Father from Pakistan. He is a middle school math teacher at Midwestern Christian Academy, and does video work for Phantom Ranch Bible Camp during the summer. Sajid has a passion for connecting Christian education with the camp experience. He still lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 boys where he enjoys editing for his YouTube channel “How Do You Do”.
With a love for all things grammar, wordsmithing and attention to detail, Vicki has been given the task of researching and writing grants to support the work of Apollos Watered. She holds a M. A. in Missions/Intercultural Studies/TESOL, which she obtained after discovering a passion for missions, having participated in church planting in Romania and teaching English in Russia. She began her professional career teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants and refugees, and quickly moved on to hiring and training ESL teachers, writing grants, and overseeing educational activities. Other positions Vicki has held involved instructional design, training, and continuing education for church leaders as well as judges.
Vicki and her husband have two children whom she homeschools. When she is not writing grants or teaching the kids, she loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, play violin and sing on the worship team at her church, disciple women, volunteer with her kids’ musical theater organization, and get lost in great books with her family.
Chris has worked with technology from a young age and has been building websites since the early days of Geocities for his high school youth group and band. Professionally he has worked for marketing companies as well as running his own marketing and website design business for over 10 years. He enjoys the making and listening to music, being outdoors (kayaking, fishing, hiking & gardening) as well as spending time with his three kids. He lives in Canada, just a couple hours outside of Toronto, Ontario.