Jennifer Austgen

staff_jennifer Austgen 2016 12 croppedJennifer serves Hinsdale UMC as the Director of Children’s Ministry. She leads our Children’s Christian Education program and works with the congregation to develop and deliver our Vacation Bible School program each summer.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Mo. and a Master’s in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL. Jennifer has extensive experience working with children and families having nine years of prior experience as the youth director at LaGrange Bible Church and prior to that, approximately 15 years teaching English and Directing Camping Youth Ministries in Japan and briefly in the Czech Republic. She is currently a substitute teacher in LaGrange district 105 working with children in K through 6th grade and teaches ESL classes to international students in the evenings at a nearby academy.

A native to the Chicagoland area, Jennifer enjoys canoeing, skiing, biking, hiking, traveling, and anything that takes her into the great outdoors.

Her black Pug named, “Kuma Chan” is a certified therapy dog that Jennifer brings to area schools and hospitals through an organization called, “Pawsitive Therapy”.

Jennifer may be reached at jennifer.austgen@hinsdaleumc.com.