Introducing Our New Assistant Pastor CJ Ausmus
CJ was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the middle of three children. He was formed in the Episcopal Church but has various experiences across denominations. After graduating from Lincoln Memorial University with a B.S. in Psychology, he spent two years serving with The Falls Church Anglican in northern Virginia. During the first he completed their “Fellows Program” for raising Christian leaders in the marketplace and the church, also serving on staff with their youth ministry. The following year he served as the study assistant to the church’s Senior Pastor, John Yates. Having received a call to vocational ministry in college, he next began his studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. CJ describes becoming a “Fellow” as the best decision he ever made for two reasons: not only did he build a foundation for an intentional Christian ministry, but most importantly, it was there he met his wife, Katherine.
Katherine is from Memphis and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English. After finishing UT, she also entered the “Fellows Program” at The Falls Church Anglican. Though it might have taken more time than CJ preferred, she finally began to see him as more than a friend, and they got engaged after a year of dating.
They’ve slowly ventured up the East Coast the past five years and share that they look forward to breathing the southern air, living close to family, and finally being around some good barbecue (CJ is the one excited for that last one). He’s an avid sports fan and is said to be happy to watch, play, or talk about almost any sport. Katherine loves any and all things that are creative— anything from flowers to design to writing gives her life. They both enjoy hiking, the outdoors, and staying active. Some of CJ’s favorite books include: Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Confessions by Saint Augustine.
CJ and Katherine have asked us to share how excited they are for him to have received this call to join our church family, and they cannot wait to start worshiping here. They said they have much appreciation and love for those they met during their visit and are thrilled to get to know the rest of St. Peter’s. They asked us to pass along, “We’ll see you soon!”
Please join us in praying for them in the weeks to come. We ask for God’s grace in their search for housing, the move itself, and overall transition!