About Sarah Jo

Sarah Jo Austin

Writer, photographer, and seminary student contemplating Christian obscurity and a slow, simple, quiet life with Jesus.

Want to know more?

I’m Sarah Jo Austin. Sometimes Sarah. Sometimes Sarah Jo. It honestly depends on which decade of my life you met me in.

I grew up in a small town south of Kansas City, but I moved to Springfield, Missouri, to attend college where I majored in professional and technical writing. I’ve never *officially* worked as a tech writer, but I have used this particular set of skills at every job I have ever worked.

Besides Jesus, my family, and my friends, here are the top seven things I love, in no particular order:

  1. Naps
  2. Prayer and spiritual formation
  3. Plants
  4. Sunshine
  5. Food (if you feed me, you love me)
  6. Logistics, spreadsheets, and optimizing anything in front of me
  7. Reading (mostly non-fiction, data based books)

My husband and I met in college doing young adult ministry work together, and we decided we liked each other and got hitched. While we were dating, we were part of planting a church, and we have called that church our home ever since. We have a middle schooler who serves as the lone extravert of our family. He’s into art, video games, popcorn, and family snuggle time. And we have a bossy Scottish terrier who is sixteen pounds of pure fluff and energy and liver treats. 

In the spring of 2022, I made the decision to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary. The hardest part was realizing that I did not have the capacity to continue my full-time ministry work and attend school at the same time. But the Lord was drawing me to the world of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and writing, so here I am.

In my full-time ministry work, I served as the local outreach coordinator for an international anti-trafficking ministry for nearly seven years. As part of that work, I also served on the North American and global leadership teams for the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), and I continue to serve on that leadership team. 

%d bloggers like this: