Bio for Dr. Greg Austen

Longer version:

Greg has a passion for the gospel, the unity and loving witness of Christ’s Church, fathers and families.  As Care Net’s Executive Director of Church Outreach & Engagement, Greg is dedicated to serving churches in their implementation Making Life Disciples, a ministry resource that equips individuals to offer compassion, hope, and help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

Before coming to Care Net in 2017 as Executive Director of Church Outreach & Engagement, Greg provided leadership for National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) for eleven years in the areas of fatherhood, corrections, and reentry. Prior to that, Greg served for six years as Senior Pastor at Hope Community Church in Willow Grove, PA.

Greg has worked extensively with practitioners, leaders, and volunteers in the government, community, and church contexts.  A seasoned pastor, leader, strategist, and communicator, Greg has spoken at churches, church retreats, and church planting networks in a variety of denominational settings including the Evangelical Free Church of America, Independent and Southern Baptist Churches, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church USA.  Further, Greg has spoken to other diverse audiences including Departments of Correction in over ten states, the 2015 American Association of Probation and Parole (AAPP) Winter Training, and national and territorial conferences and events for the United Methodist Church, Prison Fellowship, World Vision, the Salvation Army, Care Net, and Heartbeat, Int..

Greg holds a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Studies from Cairn University.

A licensed teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Greg is also the author of InsideOut Dad™ Christian endorsed by the late Chuck Colson, Men’s Ministry Remodeled™, and a Best Practice booklet on Engaging Fathers for Successful Reentry from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Greg continues to write at his weekly blog, carpentertheologian.com, and lives in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife of thirty-one years, Pam.

Together they have three children: Matthew who is twenty-six and married, Tim who is twenty-four and married, and Emily who is twenty-two.

Shorter version:

Greg has a passion for the gospel, the church, and fathers.  As Care Net’s Executive Director of Church Outreach & Engagement, Greg is dedicated to serving churches in their implementation Making Life Disciples, a ministry resource that equips individuals to offer compassion, hope, and help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

Before coming to Care Net, Greg worked for National Fatherhood Initiative for eleven years. A seasoned pastor, communicator, and community strategist, Greg’s background is a mix of vocational work in the non-profit, community, faith-based, and business worlds. He has worked in a variety of denominations and is currently ordained and a licensed in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Greg holds a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary, a M.Div. from Southern Seminary, and a B.S. from Cairn University.

Greg writes a weekly blog @ carpentertheologian.com and lives in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife of thirty-one years, Pam.  Together they have three children: Matthew who is twenty-six and married, Tim who is twenty-four and married, and Emily who is twenty-two and engaged.