Dorcas Austin empowers people to live purposefully through writing and speaking. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Northwestern University and served the Black student organization, For Members Only (FMO), the Northwestern Community Ensemble (NCE) and led the House on the Rock Bible Study.   
Dorcas received her Master’s degree from Harvard University Divinity School in Religious Studies. While at Harvard, she served as the co-chair of the Harvard Prison Education Project, a program that made higher education available to the incarcerated. She also worked for the Development Offices of both Harvard’s Divinity and Law Schools.     

Dorcas served as Faith-Based Community Organizer and Project Manager for the City of Chicago for eight years. During her tenure, she worked in the Department of Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, and Chicago Public Schools. In her role, she secured federal grant funding, as well as corporate and community resources for wellness programs targeting low-income communities. 

To enhance her ministerial training, Dorcas completed a Master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. While at Loyola, she worked at Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital counseling patients and their family members. At the same time, she provided mental health counseling to families at Hope Health Systems, Inc. Dorcas currently manages Employee Health and Wellness at a retirement company, Erickson Living.  

Dorcas received her Evangelist license in the Church of God in Christ and has served this organization in ministry. She enjoys blogging on her website Through her love for education, psychology, and religion, Dorcas inspires people toward faith and courage in their everyday lives.