Austin is native to Asheville, North Carolina. He completed a BA in Christian Studies at Campbell University in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree through Duke Divinity School with a concentration in Baptist Studies. He is very interested in spiritual direction, interfaith relations, and the intersection between religion and literature. When he is not sitting in the classroom or at Binkley, Austin can be found perusing the shelves of a used bookstore, working out, attending a concert, or watching reruns of Frasier on Netflix. He is especially fond of Swedish Fish, good tea, and brown penny loafers.