Austin Martin Forsyth is the son of Terry and Roxanne Forsyth. He is the younger brother of Meagan Ballinger and the younger half-brother of Brandon Forsyth and Rachael Tunstill. He is married to Joy Forsyth. He is the father of Gideon Forsyth.

Early Life

Austin Martin Forsyth was born to Terry and Roxanne Forsyth on December 11, 1993.[1] He was the couple's second child. When Austin was a toddler, his parents opened Fort Rock Family Camp. Along with his sister, Austin grew up homeschooled, and he often helped his parents out around the camp. As children/teens, Austin and his sister were not allowed to close their bedroom doors except to change clothes.[2]

Worlds strictest parents

Austin on World's Strictest Parents

World's Strictest Parents

On June 6, 2009, Country Music Television aired an episode of the reality TV show "World's Strictest Parents" featuring Austin's family. In the episode, two "unruly" teenagers, 15-year-old Arielle and 17-year-old Tyler, were sent to live with the Forsyth family for a week to help them "straighten up". In the episode, the two teenagers were expected to work alongside Austin and Meagan in a variety of tasks including yardwork and household chores. They were also expected to go to White River Baptist Church with the family, an issue that Tyler argued strongly against on the grounds that he was Jewish. Both teens spoke of the Sunday school class they were forced to attend, stating that they were taught that dating lead to divorce.



Joy and Austin announcing their courtship

On November 14, 2015, Austin was a groomsman in his sister Meagan's wedding to Bobby Ballinger.

Courtship and Engagement

On November 15, 2016, Austin announced that he was in a courtship with long-time friend Joy-Anna Duggar.[3] The couple said that they had been friends for almost fifteen years, although Joy later said she didn't remember him as a child. Austin took Joy out to a special spot in a nearby forest to ask her to court him, and she enthusiastically said yes. This courtship proposal is featured on the Counting On episode "A Honeymoon & a Courtship".


Austin with his fiancee, Joy-Anna Duggar, shortly after proposing

On March 3, 2017, the couple announced that they were engaged. Austin took Joy, along with her younger sisters Johannah and Jennifer Duggar, horseback riding before leading her to a cliffside where he proposed to her.[4] He then took her to a clearing where he and a friend had set up a table to eat a special meal he had prepared for. Joy said that she didn't expect that proposal at that moment because she didn't see any TV cameras there to film, but they were hiding in nearby trees and bushes to help make the moment more special. This proposal is featured on the Counting On episode "Joy Gets Engaged".


Austin at his wedding to Joy-Anna Duggar


On May 26, 2017, Austin married Joy-Anna Duggar.[5] The wedding took place at Cross Church in Rogers, AR and had around 1,000 guests.[6] The couple shared their first kiss at the altar. Austin had 13 groomsmen, including Joy's older brother, John-David Duggar. His sister Meagan was among the bridesmaids and his niece Alove Tunstill was the flower girl. The wedding was featured on Counting On episode "Joy's Wedding".

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Austin with his wife, Joy, in Israel in June of 2017

The couple went to Switzerland for their honeymoon, starting in Geneva and later traveling to Interlaken and Zurmatt. They chose Switzerland becauase they thought it was beautiful.[7] They then spent time in Israel, reportedly on a misison trip, before returning back to Arkansas.[8]

Although they have not publicly stated where they are living, it is assumed that they have moved back to Austin's home town of Combs, AR, to work at Fort Rock Family Camp.

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Austin and Joy with their son, Gideon


On August 30, 2017, Austin and Joy announced that they were expecting their first child.[9]


Austin and Joy's pregnancy announcement

On February 26, 2018, Austin and Joy announced that their son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth, had been born at 3:39 pm on February 23, 2018. He weighed 10 pounds and 3 ounces.[10]

On May 1, 2019, Austin and Joy announced that they were expecting their second child. This child was due November 2019.[11] On July 3, 2019, Austin and Joy announced that at their 20-week ultrasound the week prior, they discovered that their daughter had no heartbeat. She was named Annabell Elise.[12]

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