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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 have two daughters Ryen and Remi.
Originally from the Chicago-Area, Kristin attended her first FCA camp the summer before her senior year of high school. She was forever changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ at that FCA Leadership Camp in Minnesota. She attended Arizona State University and played volleyball as a Sun Devil from 2004-2008. Kristin grew in her knowledge of Christ at weekly ASU FCA meetings. After graduating college in 2009, she got married and came on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Arizona for two years. She continued to serve with FCA as an Area Representative in Chicago for two years while living in Wheaton, IL. These days, Kristin serves college coaches and athletes at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College.
Ryan hails from Vienna, Virginia and found Santa Barbara by way of playing soccer at Westmont College. From a young age Ryan has known two passions - a love for Christ and a love of sports. These passions have been on the forefront of most of his adventures throughout his life, in particular as he met his wife Brittany at a marathon in 2010. Ryan and Britt have been involved in youth ministry in and out of Santa Barbara for the past 10 years. They have a passion for missions and raising up the next generation to know and love Jesus. As Santa Barbara FCA's Area Rep Ryan oversees all HS/MS/Youth Ministry in from Santa Ynez to Carpinteria. Ryan helps student athlete leaders organize campus huddles, ministers to coaches, and organizes local camps, all to see Jesus transform the lives of those that impacting so many others in our community.
Brittany was raised in the central valley of California where she spent time running from soccer games to volleyball tournaments to ballet recitals, attending youth group events on the weekends. While attending UCSB Britt developed a love for international development, business systems, and mountain top adventures. A few years later at the Santa Barbara Marathon she fell in love with her now husband, Ryan. Britt and Ryan have been involved in ministering to the youth of Santa Barbara for over 10 years. They have a passion for missions and raising up the next generation of leaders and seeing this community transformed to know and love Jesus through the influence of coaches and athletes. As the area Admin Britt sees that FCA's ministry is organized and primed to meet the needs of coaches and athletes in our community.
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