There are 375 Assembly of God churches in the Southern Missouri District. We want to see a healthy youth ministry in each church...

 

Our Mission

The Mission of SMYM is 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?

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?

    Austin, Lauren, and Jude

Austin, Lauren, and Jude


Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.
— Martin Luther King, Jr

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What We do

  • Youth Camps - students come to have fun, meet with God, and make new friends

  • Youth Convention - students from across the state meet together to worship, hear God's Word, and have a blast

  • Fine Arts Festival helps students discover, develop, and deploy the ministry gifts God has given them.

  • Students raise and give money to equip missionaries around the world through Speed the Light

  • Bible Quiz is a discipleship program for students to hide God's Word in their hearts

  • UNITE is our annual youth workers conference and it's all about encouraging, resourcing, and building relationships