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Austin Westlake

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Austin Westlake is a third generation Assemblies Of God minister who heard the call to preach at the age of 16 while attending the Assemblies of God National Youth Convention. He went on to attend Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where he met his wife Lauren. Upon graduating from CBC, Austin and Lauren became youth pastors at Sheffield Family Life Center, an inner-city church located in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2018 the Westlakes stepped into the role of District Youth Directors for the Southern Missouri District of the Assemblies of God. As DYDs the Westlakes had the opportunity to lead thousands of students and leaders through camps, conferences, and global missions initiatives. In 2022 the Westlakes began a new season by joining the AG National Youth Ministries team as the Director of Student Discipleship where they oversee National Fine Arts, Teen Bible Quiz, and Student Resource Development. Together Austin and Lauren have two children; Jude and Quinn.



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Jared currently serves as the New York Assemblies of God Next Gen Director. Before that, he served for 12 years as a youth, college, and discipleship pastor in Long Island NY. Jared is the co-host of The Better Student Ministry podcast which focuses on creating healthy youth ministries. Jared loves the New England Patriots and great food. He's been married to his wife Jen for 18 yrs and has two children, Judah and Charlotte.

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Mark Freeman currently serves at the Communication and Resource Director the New York Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God and previously served as a full-time Youth Pastor for 12 years. Mark has been involved in youth ministry for over 20 years and still has a desire to see students become lifelong followers of Jesus. Mark is thankful that he can partner with the local church and youth ministries to provide resources that train, equip and inspire youth leaders all over the state. 

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