The Rev. Vanessa Stickler Glass grew up in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills. After graduating from high school, Vanessa spent a year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange Student. She returned to California and earned a degree in Organizational Communication from California State University Sacramento and a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
A lifelong Episcopalian, Vanessa was ordained at Grace Cathedral on the thirtieth anniversary of her baptism. Since then, she has served parishes in San Francisco and Marin. Prior to her call as rector of St. Francis, Vanessa served as the Senior Associate Pastor at Grace Cathedral.
In addition to ministry at St. Francis, Vanessa is engaged in church-wide ministries as a deputy to General Convention and co-chair of the Diocese of California’s deputation to General Convention. She is also a conference leader for CREDO, a wellness benefit of the Church Pension Fund.
Vanessa's greatest source of joy is her two daughters. She enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, traveling and walking the labyrinth.