Austin was born in the capital of Texas then ventured to California to meet his wife Sara and play baseball at Pepperdine University. After a brief jaunt with the Texas Rangers farm system, Austin grew up and became a husband and a math teacher. He and Sara worked and served a church plant in Amherst, MA for six years before planting roots in Bend. Shortly after moving to Bend, Austin switched careers and now owns and operates assisted living facilities around the Pacific Northwest. Austin and Sara lead Foundry’s Adoption Ministry and have four children: Dominick, Nolan, Maelyn and Joseph.