Matt Austin

I was reared in a Christian home in southern New Jersey. After hearing the good news of God’s salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, my mother opened her Bible and led me to the Lord, and I prayed to accept Jesus Christ as my Saviour from sin’s penalty. As I grew, God allowed me to attend a Christian high school. During my sophomore year, the Lord used the godly influence of my pastor and an evangelist to instill in me the realization of God’s call to preach. Upon graduation from high school I followed the Lord’s leading to Bible College where that call to ministry was confirmed and settled through an undergraduate and graduate degree in Ministry. My wife Karen and I met our freshman year at college and were married thereafter. God has led me to serve as an assistant, youth and music pastor, church planter, Christian school teacher/administrator and pastor. In 2007 God called my family and me to Grace where He has opened many doors and has granted us the privilege of ministering to many souls for Him.   Karen and I have two grown children, Jennifer and Kate who are serving the Lord in Christian school ministries out of state.  It is my desire to be a fervent witness of the good news of Jesus Christ to the souls of southern Greenville County, SC and the surrounding communities.

My burden for Grace

“In a culture where churches are attempting to reach people by means of cultural relevance, I believe that the clear teaching and application of the Word of God is the method by which the Holy Spirit will save the lost and grow His people. As Christ prayed for future believers in His high priestly prayer in John 17, my prayer is that God will be glorified and continue to build His church at Grace Baptist.”