jennifer austgen

Jenny serves Hinsdale UMC as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She leads our Children’s Christian Education program and works with the congregation to develop and deliver our Vacation Bible School program each summer. 

Jenny holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Calvary University in Kansas City, Missouri and a Master’s in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, Illinois. Jenny has over 30 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in various ministries at churches, mission agencies, and camp and conference centers. She spent 14 years in Japan working for a non-profit organization teaching English and directing children’s summer camp programs. When she is not working with the children at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, you can find her teaching English Language Acquisition at College of DuPage. 

A native to the Chicagoland area, Jenny grew up in LaGrange, and went to Lyons Township High School. Jenny enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, canoeing, and anything that takes her into the great outdoors. She also has two pug dogs. One is a pet therapy dog named “Kuma” that she volunteers with at nearby schools and libraries. She also has a puppy that is in training to become a therapy dog.

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