Pastor Staneck Biography


Born and raised on Long Island, Pastor Matthew Staneck was born to Michael and Tricia Staneck.  He has two younger brothers, Alec and Caleb, and their home church is Trinity Lutheran in Islip on Long Island. In December 2011, Michael Staneck was ordained a pastor at their home church and is serving there as pastor.  Pastor Staneck is a 2005 graduate of Islip High School, a 2009 graduate of Valparaiso University, and a 2013 graduate of Concordia Seminary–St. Louis, where he earned a Masters in Divinity degree.  

Pastor Staneck has been serving True Light as pastor since July of 2013. Previously, he served a one-year internship at True Light Lutheran between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012.  After the internship, Pastor Staneck returned to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to complete his Masters of Divinity studies.  

On October 11, 2014, Pastor Staneck married Stephanie Hanlin of Millington, MI. Pastor Staneck and Stephanie reside in Lower Manhattan and are excited for the opportunities God has in store for them at True Light.

If you wish to contact Pastor Staneck, feel free to call True Light (212-962-1482), or by emailing him at





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