The Mission of Southern Missouri Youth Ministries

To resource youth ministries in the local church by providing life-changing events and programs that help build relationships and bring renewal to leaders.




 Austin Westlake- District Youth Director

Austin Westlake is a third generation Assemblies Of God minister who first heard the call to preach at the age of 16 while attending The Assemblies Of God National Youth Conference. He went on to attend Central Bible College where he met his wife Lauren and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership. Upon graduation Austin and Lauren became youth pastors at Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City, Missouri which is one of the largest multicultural churches in the midwest. Together, Austin and Lauren spent over five years in Kansas City ministering in both the inner city of and greater metropolitan area. Austin loves to preach the Gospel and is passionate about building the local church by resourcing leaders and helping young people step into their calling.

Together Austin and Lauren have a son, Jude, who brings so much joy to their family.

Austin enjoys good coffee, watching KC Royals baseball, and vacations to Disney World.

He also lives by this rule: Why would you go camping when you can go shopping?








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