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Austin Hill

Austin Hill

Lead Pastor/Head of Staff

Originally from Southern California, Austin has lived in so many different places that Fort Dodge has now become the place he’s stayed the longest since the 90’s. Austin received a B.A. in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, in Seattle, Washington. Because Seattle didn’t have cold enough winters, Austin moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, and met his wife, Sara. The Mid Atlantic winters weren’t cold enough either, so he and Sara moved to Fort Dodge in 2009. Austin started his ordained ministry as the Associate Pastor for youth and young adults. In 2011, he became the Associate Pastor, picking up some responsibilities in addition to youth ministry. In 2013, he became the Senior Pastor for FPC. Austin has felt welcomed into this community from the day he arrived and feels called to help people in the community of Fort Dodge see the hope that we have through Jesus Christ. Austin is currently in the final phase of his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theology Seminary, studying Missional Leadership. This has been an exciting and challenging experience as he seeks to implement what he’s learning in the community of Fort Dodge and within First Presbyterian Church. In Austin’s “free time,” he’s never bored. He’s been working on a science fiction novel for the past 10 years, which you can check out at In 2013 he earned his Private Pilot’s License, is currently a part of the Fort Dodge Flyers flying club, and is working an instrument rating. He also loves to read, and play video games. In the midst of all this, Austin loves to live each day with his beautiful wife, Sara, and his ever-growing children, Lylah and Everett. Feel free to also follow him on Instagram: @hillaustind.