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Rev. Jared Slack, Minister to Younger Adults & Discipleship


Jared Slack joined the staff of First Austin as our Minister to Younger Adults and Discipleship in May 2014.
He hopes that, amongst the many things people could rightfully say, he is called an incurable wanderer. He’s spent time at the community of Taizé in France and led multiple service learning trips to central and western Africa as well as eastern and western Europe.  More often than not you will find him on a cheap airfare website comparing ticket prices to his bank account and then promptly frowning.
In his spare time, Jared enjoys writing short stories and meditations on just about anything, pondering liturgical practices, staring at his twitter feed, reading, overusing post-it notes, unearthing artistic gems on netflix, exploding stereotypes by being a non-skinny vegetarian, jogging at a snail’s pace, and being recklessly self-deprecating.
He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and graduated in May 2005. While there he earned a degree in philosophy and theology that culminated in his senior project, How Firm a Foundation? The Promise of Post-Foundational Theology
After college he moved up the road to Truett Theological Seminary where he discovered his calling to sit with people, drink coffee and talk about Jesus. 
He also managed to graduate with honors.
During seminary, he served as a chaplain with the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas. Upon graduation, he joined the staff of Baylor’s Area of Spiritual Life where he oversaw chapel and the liturgical trajectory of the university. He’s also been on staff with churches in Belton, Waco, and Lufkin, Texas.
Jared electronically socializes on twitter at @jareddslack and through his blog at