Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Austin Hill. I am a pastor living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, with my wife Sara, daughter, Lylah, son, Everett, and my two Siamese cats, Hurley and Miley. We have lived here since August of 2009 and we love it. I grew up in California (SoCal and NorCal), but have lived in five different states so far.
Life is so full of cool stuff to do that I literally can’t remember the last time I was bored on a day off. So this website will include all sorts of writing. I’m publishing my novel, Foreign, one chapter at a time. I’m talking about video games, my faith, things I’m reading, flying, and other random experiences that interest me. If they don’t interest you, feel free to move on.
In 2006, I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. After working for 7 months as a long-term substitute teacher in special education, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary where I received my Master of Divinity in 2009. Since August of 2009, I have been serving at First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Dodge. While serving at FPC, my roles have changed dramatically. I became the lead pastor in September of 2013. This has been a huge shift, since I had started as the youth pastor. It’s been a ton of fun to see how God is molding me and teaching me new things. These last few years have stretched me in ways I wasn’t sure were possible as I’ve adjusted to my new responsibilities, while also discerning how to be a dad to two sweet, fun kids.
I just recently completed my Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. I studied in the Missional Leadership Cohort. I’m blown away at how God has used the coursework to mold me and shape my learning at just the times when I needed it in my church context. You can click here to see some posts I’ve written based on what I was learning and processing. (They’re very old posts at this point! Maybe I’ll write more about this now that I’m done with the program.)
In addition to the responsibilities at my church, I serve as a member of the Committee on Ministry in my Presbytery and president on the board of ICKYS’s, a local ecumenical youth center, and I have been a breakout speaker at various camps, retreats, and conferences. Please see my contact information below if you would like me to speak for an event.
In recent years I’ve discovered that I’m pretty much interested in anything. I mean, I’m a pastor-writer-speaker-pilot-guitarist-video game player-book reader-bycicle rider-ex motorcycle rider-perpetual student-dad-husband-Jesus follower who hopes run a half marathon and ride in RAGBRAI at some point. I love traveling and seeing new parts of the world. I have a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating and I’m a partial owner of a Piper Cherokee Six. Flying that thing all over the country is consistently astounding. I’d love to go to space one day and if it ever gets to the point where you can go for a million bucks, I’d probably do it in retirement (sorry Lylah and Everett about no inheritance). Unfortunately, there are only 168 hours in a week. This means that I spend most of my free time reading, writing, and playing video games, with occasional flights in my Cherokee Six. If you ever hear the callsign N121TC, there’s a 25% chance it’s me. Most recently, I’ve been brushing up on my Biblical Greek and also trying to relearn how to play the piano.
Another interesting note, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about how video games can influence our faith in God, just like any other art medium. Ironically, I’ve wanted to a write a book about this, but I play too many video games to carve out the time to write the book!
Blog – A Light Up Ahead
My hope for this blog is that it will point people toward a Light. Through my discussion of life experiences and various interests, I aim to point people to the light of Jesus Christ. Whether it’s through discussions of the latest video game I’ve beaten or about a recent church event, you will be enriched by the posts on this site. Though this blog is broad in its scope, through every post I seek to remind people of the Light up ahead. You can expect me to update this blog at least three times a week.
For more information about the title and purpose of my blog, check out my first post: It’s All in a Name.
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