I was born in Queens, New York to a middle-class family. My parents moved the family to Stony Brook, and from there to Miller Place. I graduated from Port Jefferson High School and went on to attend Heidelberg College where I acquired a BA in music.
During my college experience, I became a Christian and was active in campus ministry. My college sweetheart and I married had two sons, and have enjoyed our 47 years together. In those early years, I answered a call to ministry.
As a Pastor, I have seen all aspects of life from births to deaths and everything in-between. I have worked in the marketplace and in the factory. I understand what people go through to support a family. Earning a living while going through seminary I worked in the tool & die industry. Planting a church while being a student, working full-time, and writing my thesis, we successfully planted a church in Holland, Michigan. My skills of organization, management, and scholastic enterprises has given me and exceptional grasp of subjects.
For more than forty years, I have been teaching life applications from God’s word, Natural Law Theory, as well as the United States Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and History. As an ordained minister, I have pastored churches in Michigan and New York as well as teach internationally.
I have spoken at conferences, college campuses, and debates concerning various issues and Christian perspectives. I am well known for my ability to explain complex subjects on a level all can understand. Exposing life issues to scripture, I bring thoughtful insight and guidance through biblical solutions.
I am a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary and was the director of Albany Area Biblical Counseling. Currently, I serve as the Pastor at Restoration Christian Community in Allegan Michigan, where my wife and I have resided for the last twelve years. I am member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, The Thomas Torrance Theological Fellowship, and President of the Bonhoeffer Form for Church and Culture.
Currently I am writing a book on Ethics and putting together a number of symposiums for The Bonhoeffer Form, as well as a conference. I also do speaking engagements, and active with the West Michigan Black Robe Regiment. I love the interaction with groups like college students and others when I do speaking engagements like “An Evening With The Bill Of Rights.”
MORE TO KNOW ABOUT AUSTIN KREUTZ FROM OUR UNITE FOR MICHIGAN Q&A:
Q. If you were not in your current role/endeavor, what would you be doing instead?
A. I have been a Pastor for almost fifty years. It is hard to think of doing anything else but fulfill the pastoral call I received early in my Christian walk.
Q. What has been the biggest impact in your industry or life in the last 5 years?
A. The biggest impact has been changed lives thru discipleship. The podcasts and teaching in ministry training centers is producing a new generation of Christian workers and solid churches.
Q. Where do you see yourself or business in 5 years?
A. This new year I am venturing out in expanding the Bonhoeffer Form. Last year we did a conference with some major speakers. Currently, we are planning to do symposiums on a verity of topics from, the Rule of Law, to the effects of climate change and what it will do to personal liberty, Education, and other important topics
Q. Who do you most admire or are inspired by, and why?
A. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the German theologians during the German church conflict. From the late 1920’s to about 1945, the church faced a massive effort by Hitler to conform to an anti-Christian theology and practice. Very few Pastors took a stand to Biblical truth and its application. Bonhoeffer was one of the leaders in what was called the Confessing Church. Today we are faced with the same crisis they did in Germany. Bonhoeffer is a key to what is happening, and what is about to take place.
Q. What organization is top on your list to provide support?
A. Currently, I am trying to raise support for the Bonhoeffer Form. To do the public programs we want to do is going to take some money up front. Symposiums are less expensive than a full-blown conference, but also have expenses. The idea of public symposiums will give live interaction on topics of interest in a short afternoon or morning format.
Q. What is the biggest need you face in your business or organization today?
A. Our biggest need is funding. To do the work of the Bonhoeffer Form is going to take more time away from my current pastoral ministry. I am searching to find young men and women to do the pastoral duties of the church. At 70 I know it is time to train a team to replace me at some point. If I can raise $2,500.00 in monthly support, my current salary from the church could go to others.
Every Friday I do a podcast you can get thru the website atk4mi.org, and IHeart radio. I also publish a newsletter on Fridays. Go to atk4mi.org to donate or be put on the email list. If you would like to have me address your group or church please contact me at 269 567 8330.