|Pastor Vanicek joined our staff in May 2013. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. While in college, he worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center and following college worked in Austin in engineering and high energy physics.
In 2009, Pastor Vanicek graduated Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Pastor Vanicek interned at St. Luke Lutheran in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Faith Lutheran in Booneville, Arkansas. His first call was with Zion and St. Paul Lutheran churches in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Pastor Vanicek serves the larger church on our Cross Trails Camping Ministry Programming Committee which helps work on summer camp curriculum, is active in the Highland Lakes Ministerial Alliance of pastors, is an active volunteer with SYSTEMSGO – a high school engineering and rocket building program, and is the chair of the Climate Response / Just Transition Team for Lutherans Restoring Creation.
Pastor Vanicek is married to Deborah, who teaches piano and voice lessons in Marble Falls. They have two children, Virginia and Henry. Pastor Vanicek likes to hang out with family and friends, do woodworking, build model rockets, play pickleball, stargaze, watch movies, minimize his carbon footprint, watch college football, and is still hoping to be selected as the first pastro-naut!