| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Petellin reflects a strong commitment to of one of MNU's core values: a passion to serve others.
Class president. Freshman mentor. ServeTeam member. Volunteer.
Senior Austin Petellin reflects a strong commitment to of one of MNU's core values: a passion to serve others. Since the moment he set foot on campus, Austin has dedicated hundreds of hours to servant leadership. He has worked alongside ESL families at a social services organization, local organization, led a shoe drive for the Kansas City Rescue Mission and built relationships through an after-school program in the metro's urban core.
Austin, whose parents are both MNU alums, calls the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho area home. Whenever he heads home, you can usually find him investing time with the youth group at or Upward Sports program at his home church, Coeur d'Alene Nazarene Church.
Austin specifically credits his two summers as a ServeTeam member as being a formative experience. "Service was the attitude of those summers; it taught me the lifestyle of servant leadership. During the years following those summers, I have revisited certain youth groups to nurture those relationships and hopefully recruit students to MNU."
In fall of 2015, Austin connected many of those youth group relationships through a role typically reserved for a working professional - he helped plan and manage the Kansas City District's NYI Breakaway youth event. As an organizational leadership and marketing major, he hopes to bring this orientation toward servant leadership to his future career. "If there is one thing I've learned since I've been at MNU, it is that God's Kingdom is moving and working everywhere, and I can be involved no matter what. Servant leadership is a lifestyle."