Pastor's Usual Office Hours:
Monday: Out of Office
Tuesday: 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
Wednesday: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
Friday: By Appointment Only
**All office hours are subject to change without notice. It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment if you need to meet with Rev. Austin**
Rev. Raymond D. Austin, Jr. is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and the proud pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the former pastor of Riverside United Methodist Church in Riverside, Illinois where he served in a specially assigned cross-cultural/cross-denominational appointment. In addition, Rev. Austin is the founder and visionary of Canaan Community Church, a student ministry that was hosted on the University of Michigan campus. He is a shepherd that uses his God-given gifts and spiritual conviction to lead people to Christ. Raised in a household that emphasized the importance of having a relationship with God, Rev. Austin began to experience an undeniable spiritual "pull" at an early age, which ultimately led to his completion of biblical/theological studies at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee and a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also has every intention of completing his current pursuit of the Doctor of Ministry degree in the near future.
Rev. Austin was licensed to preach on December 23, 2001 and ordained on July 31, 2004 at New Hope Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana where he also served as Youth Pastor and Associate Minister. In addition, he has also regularly preached and ministered at many different congregations around the country. Throughout his life and ministry, Rev. Austin has demonstrated a caliber of leadership well beyond his years. Recognized as a man from modest beginnings, he is a teacher, humanitarian, philanthropist, community volunteer, and pastor. Though he has received many awards and accolades over the course of his life, Rev. Austin remains both humble and focused. He simply desires to do God’s will, allowing his everyday life to be just as much of a witness as the words that he preaches from the pulpit.