Vicki helps visitors and members alike connect with opportunities for growth and service—before they become overwhelmed with all that goes on in our church! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did you grow up and how did you make your way to Austin?
I am a native Texan spending my youth in Paris, Texas (second largest Paris) in the northeast corner of the state. My husband and I were both journalists and made our way to Austin in the early ’80s for him to take a position as a writer with the Austin American-Statesman.
What is your former work experience?
The majority of my career has been spent in educational public information, spending the last 20 years of my work within the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin promoting stories about student achievements and faculty research. This was quite a challenge for someone who took “science for non-majors” while in college, but it taught me that I can be stretched.
When did you start at Oak Hill UMC?
We began attending Oak Hill UMC regularly in the mid-80’s about the time that our first child was born.
What are your primary duties?
I love my job because I get paid to talk to people, helping them identify their interests and thus opportunities to plug in to the life of this vibrant faith community.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I get to talk to people.
How does your position help minister to others?
I joined my adult Sunday school (small group) more than 15 years ago and went on my first mission trip shortly after. Neither were engagement opportunities that I knew I needed, but both have enriched my life in ways I could not have imagined. I love the opportunity to help others find this same joy by connecting them to the programs within Oak Hill UMC that meet their skills and interests.
What is one thing that few people know about you?
When I was a child, I used to write and produce a summer play for all of the kids in the neighborhood to have roles. We would talk our mothers into baking cookies and making lemonade, then charge them to come to the production and buy snacks.
Describe Oak Hill UMC in one word.