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Tuesday, April 5, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Tree of Life Church senior
MARINE “You're always tired and hungry. But in
combat, you have to set that aside. Your superiors—non-commissioned officers— would watch your work to be sure you didn’t get sloppy or lackadaisical.”pastor resigns
By Ron Maloney
The senior pastor of Ttee of Life Church has resigned his position amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with a woman.
A press release issued by LaM-oyne Davis, the church’s financial adviser, doesn’t say what the allegations against Mike Fehlauer were — or whether they had been proved It doesn’t identify file woman allegedly involved.
“With these allegations and circumstantial evidence, Senior Pastor Mike Fehlauer has chosen to resign,” the news release stated.
Fehlauer did not return calls in time for this story.
Ttee of Life Church Administrator Tony Brubaker said he could not comment past the content of the news release.
“I cannot tell you anything more than that,” Brubaker said. “He felt that it would be best that he resign for the good of the church body.”
According to the news release, Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, announced the resignation to the congregation Sunday.
“While this is disappointing
news for us all, we understand that Thee of Life Church was not built on a man but is built on the word of God,” Haggard was quoted in the release. “Because of this, the leadership and body ofTtee of Life Church are committed to continue the work to which the Lord has called us here in South Texas.”
Davis said Ttee of Life would begin the process of choosing a new senior pastor, and would be working on that over the next several weeks.
“God has not changed his plan for Ttee of Life Church and he is faithful to complete the good work he began here,” Davis said.
Brubaker said the church would continue that work.
“We’ll be fine,” he said Monday. “God’s still in charge of the church and we’ll be OK. His vision is still the vision that drives the church."
Ttee of Life Church is a nondenominational church founded in 1981. It is located on the northbound side of Interstate 35 at the site of the former ROAM Open Air Market.
Fehlauer, author of numerous articles and several books, served four years at Ttee of Life Church.
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Travis: Unit brought everyone home
deployed to Cuba to guard the fence at Guantanamo Bay, where he stayed for nearly a
At the end of that, Travis signed up for a paramedic course and began the application process for becoming a San Antonio firefighter.
Then, last May, his unit was activated again. This time, Travis would have to withdraw from the paramedic program and the firefighter application process.
“I was surprised,” Travis acknowledged “There’s always talk it could happen, but they always tell you to keep on with your life. Then they call, and say, ‘You have 72 hours to deploy...’.”
Still, even though he has so far spent more than two years on active duty during a “reserve” hitch, Travis said he has no complaints.
First, he said, he knew the deal when he signed the paperwork.
“I signed up for it and I agreed to it,” he said.
Secondly, he said he’d feel a little funny being home while
his fellow Marines went to Iraq. Reserve units, Travis said, are different from active duty units because they are tied to a geographical area — in his case, Texas and Louisiana—and the people in the units work together for years and know one another well.
“We’ve been together four years now,” Travis said “I know all their families.”
Debbi said she was pretty unhappy to know her son would be going to Iraq because she’d been following the situation on the news and knew it would be different than in Cuba
“I was more stressed out because I knew he was in the infantry and I knew what had been happening over there,” she said “It scared me because I knew he’d be shooting at people and being shot at”
Still wrestling with the dog, Travis boxed its ears and tried an ironic joke solders everywhere tell each other to lighten the conversation.
- Travis Haack
On surviving in combat
“Getting shot at is OK,” he said. “It’s getting shot that sucks.”
Travis said the thing that surprised him most about Iraq was that his reserve unit wasn’t relegated to a support role like in Cuba. In Iraq, his unit was a combat unit — one that was part of the first wave into the fight to remove an insurgent enemy in Al Falusia.
While Travis was in Iraq, he’d communicate with his mom or his dad, Ronnie Haecker, by e-mail—and occasionally, for short conversations by satellite phone, from a rooftop in Iraq.
Mom came to understand the drill: Her boy wouldn’t tell her exactly where he was, only where he had been or where he might be going. The worst times, she said, were those when he let her know he’d be “out of reach.” That was code for combat.
“I’d check on the news every morning, and I’d look for him,” Debbi said She would concen
trate on the images, often shot in the eerie greens and blacks of night vision equipment, trying to pick out his face.
“It was the worst when he was in Al Falusia,” Debbi said.
Travis said his superiors told him Operation Phantom Tiny, the encirclement and pacification of Al Falusia, would take three days. It lasted three weeks.
The way to survive in combat, he said, was to keep focused—and pay attention to details.
“You’re always tired and hungry,” he said. “But in combat, you have to set that aside. Your superiors — non-commissioned officers—would watch your work to be sure you didn’t get sloppy or lackadaisical.”
“I think the thing I’m most proud of is we’re the only unit in our regiment that brought everyone home,” Travis said. “We all got combat ribbons, we gave out more than 20 Purple Hearts (the American ribbon given to people injured in action) and sent nine people, I think, home with serious injuries. But we never lost one.”
Debbi said she was just glad he was back, unhurt.
“I was really nervous,” she said. “But he’s proud to be a Marine, and I see now why he did it. I’m proud of him.”