Austen Covin is a graduate student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Technical Communication, and a passion to use media to reach people for Christ. He currently lives in Edmond, OK.
He obtained a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University where he was trained in all aspects of technical communication, video production being his primary focus. Coursework included video editing, digital photography, computer mediated communication, new media, graphic design, web design, audio editing, and traditional journalism.
It was just prior to college that he felt a call to ministry. When Austen was a senior in high school, the Lord made it evident that he wanted Austen to use his talents and giftings vocationally in Christian ministry. Through college he learned that he could utilize the methods and techniques of technical communication to share the gospel and serve Christ.
In the summer of 2013 he surrendered to the call, and in August 2016 was ordained into ministry.
Currently, he serves as Pastoral Ministry Assistant at Edmond's First Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. His responsibilities include: managing the website, engagingthemind.org, acting as the Executive Pastor's liaison to the EFBC's communications team, and assisting the Pastor with other various ministry activities. As a member of the communications team, Austen participated in the ideation and implementation of various communications initiatives.
He also has experience in Youth Ministry via his time at First Baptist Church in Canadian Texas. Though his title was Youth Minister, he served in many areas of the Church. He prepared weekly devotionals, planned trips, and events, and mentored kids as they grew in Christ. He was also responsible for preparing each week's sermon video recording for broadcast on local TV. Videos were also uploaded to FBC Canadian's YouTube Channel, which Austen managed. While at FBC Canadian, he also had the honor of preaching from the pulpit on a number of occasions.
This portfolio is a collection of his work through the years, highlighting his abilities, and demonstrating the potential of digital media in the ministry.