Austin was born in Valencia, CA and grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. From a young age Austin has known two things well- the love of Jesus and a love for sports. As a freshman at Desert Mountain High School four senior athletes started an FCA Huddle on campus. At that huddle his two loves were brought together in a powerful way.
Austin played baseball at Arizona State University (2005-2006) and Grand Canyon University (2007-2009) with a brief semester at Westmont College in between. After graduating in 2009 Austin signed with the Milwaukee Brewers where he played professionally for two seasons before retiring in 2011.
After baseball Austin took a job in Finance in Wheaton, IL. Two years later, Austin followed the Lord’s call into full time ministry as the Area Director in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, thrilled to be given an opportunity to serve in the ministry that had made such an impact on him throughout his life As Area Director, Austin engages and develops the local Advisory Boards, hires and trains new area staff, and provides opportunities for donors to support God's work in FCA - all to see the name of Jesus Christ glorified in and through the world of sports in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and to the ends of the Earth!
Austin married Kristin in 2009. They currently live in Santa Barbara where the ocean constantly beckons the worship of their Creator and they hope year round golf (Austin) and beach volleyball (Kristin) become mainstays. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Ryen Kate, on July 13th, 2014.
Five Faves with Austin:
Favorite Sports Team(s): Chicago Cubs, Grand Canyon Lopes, ASU Sun Devils
Favorite Santa Barbara Spot: Sandpiper Golf Club, On The Alley, and any of the coffee spots here!
Favorite Hobbies: Golf. Then more golf. Hopefully surfing someday...
Favorite Food: Great BBQ, Fish Tacos
Favorite Book(s) of the Bible: 1 John, Ephesians , Ecclesiastes