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Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin

The  Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin, 1983 Master of Divinity graduate of Wesley Seminary received the Society of John Wesley Award of Merit for graduates who exhibit a high standard of commitment and devotion to God, to the church and to Wesley Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin has served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Washington, DC, for the past 25 years. Rev. Austin has also served the local church as Sunday school and Baptist Training Union teacher, usher, choir member and deacon. He has remained engaged in the community through his participation as former Chairman of the Fairfax County History Commission and the Board of Directors of the Church Association for Community Services.  

In addition to Dr. Austin’s leadership at Emmanuel, he is a member of the Northern Virginia Baptist Association, the Northern Virginia Baptist Ministers Conference, the Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington, D.C. and Vicinity, the Hampton University Ministers Conference, the Potomac River Baptist Association and the Alumni Council of Wesley Theological Seminary.  His current and former service represents a true gift to the church.

Wesley Seminary president David McAllister-Wilson said in tribute: “Clint Austin’s church’s Mission Statement is based on the same scripture the class of 2011 chose for their closing worship: Isaiah 6:1.  In that statement Clint changed the pronouns to make Isaiah’s proclamation Emmanuel Baptist’s proclamation: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon us because he has anointed us to preach good news to the poor.’ Clint Austin exemplifies Wesley alumni, a stream of living water proclaiming the ‘year of the Lord’s favor.’”

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