First Lutheran Church

"Jesus is first at First."


Worship Services are Temporarily Online due to COVID-19.

Bible Study: 9:00 am  

Worship: 10:45 am


Interim Worship Location:

Episcopal Student Center

1712 S. 10th St., Waco, TX, 76706

Those Serving at FLC

Pastor: Austin Nickel



Phone: 254- 752- 4583

Administrative Assistant: Fallon Bain



Phone: 254- 752- 4583

Organist: Melissa Loudermilk



Phone: 254- 752- 4583


Austin Nickel is the Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Waco, TX. He is originally from Sioux Falls, SD, and worked at Minerva’s Restaurant in Sioux Falls for 12 years (if you ever go, their Honey Pepper Salmon is to die for).


Austin received his GED in 2004, and later attended The University of Sioux Falls; he graduated in 2011 with his Bachelor of Arts. While at USF he studied Theology and was a Youth Ministry major, was heavily involved with the music programs at USF and served 3 years as the Concert Choir Chaplain.


In 2011, Austin started his graduate studies at Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX. It was during this time that he walked through the front door of First Lutheran in Waco, and because of their incredible welcome and love he stayed with them as their Choir Director and Administrative Assistant. He graduated with his Master of Arts in Christian Ministries in 2014. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to serve First Lutheran Church in Waco as their SAWL. He was ordained in November 2019 and is now the called pastor.


He is thrilled and delighted to be serving the wonderful people of First Lutheran Church in Waco!

Rev Austin Nickel