i'm a husband, dad, pastor, communicator, and coffee lover.
If you couldn’t tell by whatever you clicked to get you here, my name is Austin Walker (no one calls me austin j walker…it’s just easier to get all of my social stuff that way). The purpose of this whole page is just to fill you in a little on who I am, so here are some important parts.
I’m married to one of the most creative people I know. Emma’s the best ever. If you ever see anything I’ve done and think, “Wow, that looks good,” it’s her doing. We were married July 2, 2011. If we ever get to blogging things, or if you ever need a freelance designer, here’s our stuff.
I have a daughter named Maisy who was born May 24, 2015. She’s the most beautiful dictator I’ve ever met.
I am a student pastor in Little Rock, AR at Fellowship Bible Church‘s Little Rock Campus.
My top 5 StrenghtsFinder themes are Woo, Belief, Communication, Includer, and Responsibility (bonus round: my #6 is Positivity). One of my professors calls that combination “The Cult Leader” so that’s equal parts cool and terrifying.
I’m also interested in how having “The Cult Leader” typed out impacts the traffic this page gets.
I grew up playing baseball and then played football in high school.
I was impressively bad at football, especially considering how genuinely high my work ethic and dedication was.
I love social media. Check out the links below.
I’m typically reading 4 or 5 books at a time.
I got a lock pick set for Christmas 2015 and I love it, so basically I’m training for a life of crime.
I hate the beach. But not as much as I hate cats.
I thought “pamphlets” was pronounced “PAMP-lets” not “pam-flets” until I was 23 years old.
I just look at other people’s Spotify playlists to find out what music to listen to.
If I could sit down and spend a day with 5 living people to learn all I could, they would probably be Jon Acuff, Chip Gaines, Craig Groeschel (my pastor growing up), Brené Brown, and Donald Miller. Disclaimer: that list may change every single day, so no promises this is current.
I used to put as many hashtags as possible on my instagram posts so I could get more likes.
I also used to be a professional photographer.
Xbox Live is one of my guilty pleasures.
Currently Learning From
Top 5 things i'm reading/watching/listening to
Keep in mind, there is no telling how dated this list is when you’re reading it. BUT, it’s still a list of helpful things I hope benefits you somehow.
The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin – This has been an awesome book outlining how our brain works, how we remember things, and the ways we can leverage that.
Stuff You Should Know Podcast – Josh & Chuck (the hosts) have great chemistry and dissect all kinds of stuff. I can’t think of a single episode I haven’t liked.
Strengthening The Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton – A great book that has spurred a lot of reflection in my own life using Moses as a case study for leadership.
The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight – A book covering all of the things about “salvation culture” vs “gospel culture” I had been trying to articulate. I don’t agree with everything in this, but it’s been one of my favorite books of the past year.
Carey Neiuwhof Leadership Podcast – I’ve been following Carey on Twitter since probably 2012, when a few people told me he was someone I needed to meet at Orange. In 2014, he started a leadership podcast with some of the best content I’ve heard. If you are a leader, check it out asap. He’s also got a great blog here.
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Interested in booking me to speak?
It feels pretty weird even writing this part of the page. I don’t want to be “that guy,” but odds are if you’re at this site this might be something you were looking for. I promise, I’m not about to give you the hard sell in third person about how you should hire me. Maybe one day I’ll be accomplished enough to make my own site and pretend I’m not the one who made it, but today is not that day.
That being said, I really believe God has gifted me as a communicator. There are PLENTY of things I’m not good at, but I think God has wired me to see what Scripture is communicating and translate that into easy-to-grasp concepts applicable to the lives of students. I love preaching and I love hanging out with students, and I would love the opportunity to come hang out with your crew for a special event, weekend retreat, or camp.
Due to our season of life right now and my full time ministry in Little Rock, I am not able to do a bunch of events each year. But, if you’d like to know about my availability or have any questions about having me come speak to your students (middle school, junior high, high school, or college), just fill out the form below and we’ll talk.