Disciples News Service

Spencer Austin, Longtime Church Leader, Has Died

Spencer P. AustinSpencer P. Austin, a respected church leader whose work in the late 1950s and early 1960s led to the creation of the Christian Church Foundation, died April 21. He was 100. Austin was head of Unified Promotion and was the leading proponent for the creation of a foundation to serve the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was a pastor in Oklahoma and Massachusetts before answering the call to general ministry, where he was a leader in evangelism and church finances.

He served the United Christian Missionary Society, the Church Finance Council, Christian Theological Seminary and as a Regional Minister for Indiana. He was an officer of Church World Service, the National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 28 at Downey Avenue Christian Church in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spencer P. Austin Century Fund for Week of Compassion by going to: www.weekofcompassion.org in care of the Christian Church Foundation, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206-1986. To read Austin’s obituary, visit: www.disciples.org/ccf