In light of the approval of the Tuscaloosa Center of NOBTS we would like you to meet Billy Austin, who will serve as the director starting January 2014.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Montgomery, AL
What is your testimony?
I became a Christian at age 8. Graduated from Samford Univer- sity in 1967 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1970. Prior to being called to be a minister, I wanted to be a lawyer. In a real sense, I left the law and embraced grace instead. I’ve always loved people and love preaching and preachers. I promised God I’d go wherever He wanted me to go and do whatever He wanted me to do. I’ve loved every place I’ve served and am excited about this tre- mendous opportunity for minis- try.
What is your call to ministry? Where have you served in ministry?
Served Hopewell Baptist and Duncanville Baptist locally, pre- ceded by East Tallassee Baptist. Prior to retiring in January of 2013, I served as President of Alabama Baptist Retirement Cen- ters for 21 years, grand daughter, 15 year old Madison.
What are you looking forward to most as the director of the new Tuscaloosa Center?
I was approached about being the director in the Spring of 2013 and I gladly accepted. I hope to see students grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word.
What is your favorite hobby?
Photography and photo editing as well as spending time with family.
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Love to watch all football and cheer for the University of Ala- bama.
Besides the Bible what was the last book you read?
Big Russ and Me, by Tim Russert. What did you learn? The impor- tance of family and value of pas- sion in whatever you do.
What is one piece of advice you would give students about their years in seminary?
Value every minute of your time spent on seminary studies and don’t be discouraged if you are challenged to your limit. Persevere and you’ll be grateful throughout your ministry.