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Reverend Austin J Young

The Reverend Austin J. Young was appointed the Senior Pastor of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in July of 2021.


The Rev. Austin J. Young is a native of Grand Rapids, MI. He is a graduate of the historic Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and had the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Rev. Young has received his Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C with a specialization in African American Church Leadership Studies.


“Pastor AJ” as he is affectionately called, is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (A.M.E. Zion Church) and has served as the Administrative Minister of the Union Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, D.C. Rev. Young then went to become the pastor of the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Media, Pennsylvania. Currently, Pastor Young is the Pastor of the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Southfield, MI. Within the denomination, Rev. Young holds numerous positions in the areas of prayer, youth engagement, protocol, Christian Education, and statistician, and administrative work. Ecumenically, Rev. Young is a council member on the World Methodist Council, The World Council of Churches, and sits on The Bread for The World Pan African Young Adult Network (PAYAN) Leadership Team.


Coupled with ministry, Rev. Young is also involved in community engagement. Young’s work is motivated by the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who paraphrased Matthew 10:16, “To have a tough mind, and a tender heart.”

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