Meet Our Trainee

Sam Austin

Sam Austin

1st Year Ministry Trainee

Heya! I’m Sam, a 21 year-old who loves sport and drinking coffee, and basically anything as long as it’s with other people. More importantly, since early high school, I have loved the Lord Jesus and been trying to seek his kingdom instead of trying to seek my own.

The next two years (2021-2022) at St James will involve 3 days a week working at church and 2 days a week studying at Youthworks College. The church work will be a bunch of different stuff, from kids and youth ministry to leading growth groups and helping run evangelistic courses. Through this my prayer is that God would grow his Kingdom, grow me, and deepen my love for him.


It is truly a privilege to partner with the people of St James in sharing the life changing gospel. If you’d like to support me financially, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me at or donate at

Traineeships at St James

Ministry Traineeships are 2-3 year apprenticeships. They allow people a chance to take time out to experience pastoral and teaching ministries while undertaking some level of theological training. It is on-the-job training centred on prayer, Bible study and practical ministry experience. At St James we love seeing people grow in their love of Jesus and ability to serve Him and His people. Ministry traineeships provide a great opportunity to be equipped and grow in skills and character as a full time gospel worker.