Austen started as Associate Youth Pastor at Grace in 2022, partly due to Grace’s high value for Youth Ministry and the many amazing people who pour into the students as adult volunteers, student leaders, and college-age Summer Staff. He took on the role of Interim Youth Pastor in July 2023, where he also assists in teaching the Parenting Teens Community. Austen holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University, after which he completed three years of full-time ministry to college students in College Station. He recently completed a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ashley, have two young daughters, an Australian shepherd and a cat, and enjoy participating in Grace Kids and the Young Families Community.
Lord God, I pray that the people of Grace would love you and other people in a way that inspires others to do the same. I ask that older believers would disciple younger believers, modeling what it looks like to follow Jesus in all of life. Lord, let us be a people who are ready to share the Gospel and quick to invite neighbors, friends, coworkers, and classmates to be a part of what you are doing in and through us. Amen.