Stephanie Byers is the bookstore manager and assistant librarian at Austin Graduate School of Theology.
She enjoys providing students with reading/study materials that encourage a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. She maintains the library and bookstore to ensure the faculty and students have the resources available for their academic programs that will edify the church and better equip them for service in the Kingdom of God. Stephanie finds it rewarding getting to know all the wonderful, diverse students.
Previously, Stephanie worked in business management where she helped her husband, Rob, run his business, J R Brothers Ministries. This organization assists at-risk youth to develop a positive self-image and growth opportunities for the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical, and social) through educational and hands-on vocational training. This ministry has reached thousands of youth through several programs and he has traveled to 38 states and Mexico teaching God’s Word in his unique way. They believe in reaching the tender souls of children and planting the seed of God’s glory.
She has also worked as a preschool teacher where she created daily enriching curriculum and provided positive guidance for 15 preschoolers. Before this, she delighted in helping more than 400 children and their parents at Star Center Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer. Besides helping the families she ran the office, answered phones, managed the coaches, and recruited new clients. This job was extremely meaningful because of the close daily interaction with so many diverse families. Additionally, she has worked in banking as a commercial teller/bookkeeper as well as in the insurance industry where she verified and paid claims.
Stephanie and her husband Rob have been married 30 years and have lived in Austin for 20. Rob, who is not only creative but can build anything, built a teardrop camper from scratch. They enjoy exploring and creating new adventures together. They also relish spending time with their children, creating the children’s worship program at their church, helping the elderly, tending their garden, and watching the antics of their crazy cat, Caleche. They have three children: Storm, Saul, and Kerah. She was blessed to be able to stay home and educated them from birth through graduation. She strongly believes in teaching her children to have a firm Christian foundation with Godly character, strong values, and a love of learning. Stephanie has been blessed to build meaningful relationships with her children and encourage their God-given talents. She is excited to continue fostering the desire for learning for the adults here at Austin Graduate School of Theology who will further God’s Kingdom.