Having distinguished herself for three decades as a missionary, educator, and evangelist, Rev. Dr. Austin Lucas
is revered for her
vibrant and energetic preaching style that preempts a visionary and leader of leaders.
In 1974 she served as the initial participant of the Teachers-In-Partnership Program sponsored by the AME Church.
Her assignment was to Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa) within the Fourteenth Episcopal District where she taught English at the University of Liberia and Monrovia College.
initial missionary training in Monrovia, Liberia, Rev. Dr. Austin Lucas
has sponsored subsequent Educational Mission Tours/Workshops to Haiti, West Africa and various countries throughout the Caribbean.
Armed with a call to missions, Rev. Dr. Austin Lucas
effectively established and co-founded ministries and programming internationally recognized as models of vision and change.
The formidable molding of such was formulated while serving in ministerial leadership at Eliza Turner AME Church in Monrovia, Liberia (1974-1975), Josie D. Heard AME Church in Philadelphia, PA (1976-1977), and Agape AME Church in Buffalo, NY (1977-1982).
leadership at these institutions was essential to the establishment of youth programming, and the training of missionaries (youth and adults) under the auspices of the Women's Missionary Society (WMS) and its Young People's Department (YPD).
During her ministerial leadership at Bridge Street AWME Church in Brooklyn, New York as Minister to Families (1982-1986), she continued her work with Youth while establishing the After School Tutorial Center and Summer Program and spearheaded the proposal for the Bridge Street Preparatory School.
In 1986, she was appointed Assistant Pastor and was responsible for the administration and/or implementation of community programming in her preceded role as it related to the Ethelyn Henderson Missionary Society, the After School Tutorial Center and Summer Program, and the founding of the Bridge Street Preparatory School, where she served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Assistant Pastorate (1986-1996), Bridge Street AWME Church
evidenced tremendous growth in membership (700 to over 4,000), enterprise ($200,000 to a multi-million dollar enterprise), and spiritual enrichment (a flux of members seeking a one-on-one relationship with Christ in order to fulfill their purpose) realized in Bedford Stuyvesant and throughout New York City.
In 1998, Rev. Dr. Austin Lucas founded the Agape Tabernacle International Fellowship.
Since its inception, Apostle Lucas has dedicated herself to transform lives and nations, encourage the cultivation of a personal relationship with God and the manifestation of destiny, while shepherding disciples who have discerned the purpose of God in every life experience.
The live broadcast of Agape Tabernacle International Fellowship
, Bridge Over Troubled Waters Radio Broadcast, airs weekly on New York's First Gospel Station, WTHE 1520 AM (Sundays 3-3:30 PM).
Educationally, Dr. Austin Lucas has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University (Medford, MA); Master of Arts in Afro-American Studies from Boston University (Boston, MA); Master of Divinity in Counseling and Family Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (Rochester, NY); Master of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University (New York, NY), and a Doctorate of Education in Religion and Education with an emphasis in Urban Education from Union Theological Seminary and Teachers College at Columbia University (New York, NY).
As a Master Teacher, Dr. Austin Lucas has taught at and/or collaborated with such renowned institutions such as Auburn Theological Seminary, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, New York Theological Seminary, Shaw Divinity School, Spelman College and Union Theological Seminary.
Dr. Austin Lucas
currently equips seminarians for missions and ministry as Professor of Religious Education and Urban Ministry at the New York Campus of Nyack College
and Alliance Theological Seminary