Pastor Rob Harrell, President & Founder, Austin Global Ambassadors (AGA).
Pastor Rob Harrell is the President and Founder of Austin Global Ambassadors (AGA) – a ministry that has a vision to “Ignite a Movement of Fearless Ambassadors for Christ’s Kingdom” – with a focused interest in encouraging Pastors and Servant Leaders – locally, nationally, and globally. He also is Pastor Emeritus of Austin Oaks Church, where he served for 26 years as Senior Pastor. He and his wife Kathy have been married for almost 40 years.
Rob began in pastoral ministry in 1979, serving as a Student Ministry Pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and then at Westlake Bible Church in Austin, Texas, from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 2016, Rob served as Senior Pastor at Austin Oaks Church – a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, disciple-making church, with a heart towards college students – where many were transformed to transform their world as Christ’s disciples. In response to a new call, Rob launched AGA in January 2017.
Rob received a B.S. degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of Utah, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He enjoys playing golf with buddies, walking through his neighborhood, being a pastor to pastors, engaging in robust conversation with those who see things differently, serving on Leadership Boards to help bring clarity, connecting people to see God’s purposes accomplished, and working with leaders to reach the City of Austin so the world might be transformed by the gospel of Jesus.
Rob and Kathy have two married children, Stephen and Kylie. Their son, Stephen builds US Embassies around the world. He and his French bride, Laure, presently live in Saudi Arabia. Their daughter, Kylie, and her high school sweetheart husband, Chris, live in Washington DC, where he teaches “under-served” elementary students, and she is a lawyer with Williams and Connelly. Rob and Kathy are looking forward to their first grandchild in May 2019.