Rev. J.C. AustinVice President, Christian Leadership Formation

The Rev. J.C. Austin is vice president for catalytic justice leadership at Auburn Seminary. He works with faith leaders across the country through a range of programs and consultations to develop the personal resilience, entrepreneurial spirit, and practical wisdom they need to lead social and congregational change. Previously, he served for ten years as associate pastor at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cape Town in the field of theology and public life.

He teaches and speaks regularly around the country, particularly on strategic innovation in faith-based organizations, wealth and giving, economic ethics, and racial justice and reconciliation. His public writings have appeared in The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. He has been a featured preacher multiple times on Day 1, the weekly national radio program for the ecumenical Protestant churches.

J.C. is a devoted father, loves taking full advantage of living in New York City, and is an enthusiastic (if not particularly accomplished) guitarist and singer.