The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum is pleased to announce the addition of Trent Austin as the full time music director. Trent Austin packed his guitars, drums and suitcase into his car and left his native Oklahoma for the western Rocky Mountains of Ketchum, Idaho, arriving on March 3rd. Trent has accepted the Director of Music and Worship position at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood on Saddle Road in Ketchum.
Trent brings with him a diverse background in music from his career at the forefront of contemporary praise music. He has played drums, guitar and produced with many Grammy and Dove award winning musicians and songwriters in the gospel music scene. His journey led him through Nashville, and the heart of the gospel tradition. From these roots, he has applied a modern twist to venues such as Lifechurch.tv, Journey Church, Amplify Church, and was recently the global worship pastor at Victory Church in Oklahoma City.
While Trent is solo for now, his wife, Keri; son Noah; and daughter, Jonah will be packing up and heading west to join him later this spring. Beyond their love of music and ministry, the Austin family also enjoy the outdoors which grew out of their many camping trips to Colorado. They are excited for the hiking and mountain bike opportunities of the Wood River Valley, and excited about learning to ski.
The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood is happy to welcome Trent to our church and our community. “We are excited that God is bringing Trent to serve with us, and believe that he will be a gift not only to our church, but that his experience and commitment to his art will enrich the community at large. Music transcends our differences and connects us not only to God, but also to our common humanity,” says Senior Pastor Mark Inouye.
The valley is home to music lovers of many genres, from the symphony, to the summer concert series, to local pub bands. Trent hopes to build connections through the love of music, singing, people and praise. Trent serves both the contemporary 9:30 and the traditional 11:00 a.m. services on Sunday mornings at 100 Saddle Road campus.