Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Jeff Austin

Staff Structural Engineer
Joined EMI: May 2011
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Professional Training & Experience

BSCE Civil Engineering (2001) from Northwestern University and MS Civil Engineering - Structures (2002) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and Georgia.  Licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.  Prior to joining EMI, Jeff worked for over 8 years at a structural consulting firm in Saint Louis, MO where he designed residential structures, schools, church additions, and light commercial buildings.  He also did assessments and evaluations of existing structures. Since joining EMI in 2012, Jeff has had various roles within the Uganda office including project leading, structural design, construction administration, and recruiting. In 2018, Jeff began work at EMI-USA where he is developing and managing the Fellowship Program.

Ministry Experience

After University, Jeff interned in Guatemala as a construction manager and also volunteered on EMI trips to Guatemala, South Africa, and Rwanda. Together, Jeff and Jennifer attended Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, MO where Jennifer received her Master’s in Counseling and Jeff received a Certificate in World Mission. While in Saint Louis, Jeff and Jennifer were part of launching a multi-cultural church plant in the city. While in Uganda, Jeff and Jennifer were grateful for opportunities disciple and mentor within EMI, through their church, and with the personal relationships that they developed. Jeff also loves to lead others in worship with his guitar.


Jeff has been married to Jennifer since 2003. They are blessed with 4 children – Mercy (2004), Haven (2006), Isaac (2010) and Benja (2011).