Renée Notkin

Worship & Nurture Lead

Renée received her undergraduate degree from the UW in biology and her MDiv from Regent College. Renee's passion is to Biblically and theologically encourage people that the God on High delights in them and invites them into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ through the equipping of the Spirit. She is thrilled to be a part of a worshipping community that is committed to investing in families, neighborhoods, the workplace and the world. She is refreshed by time with her family, knitting with friends and long walks with her dog.


James B Notkin

Vision Lead

As Union’s Vision Lead, James B. seeks to work with the community to live into our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with Jesus. Before Union, James B had seasons (ok, make that years) in college, youth, adult, and new ministries with Ann Arbor First Presbyterian Church and University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. James B. continually is being schooled by his three kids adding to the education he received at Princeton Theological Seminary. A native of Seattle he loves the rain but increasingly appreciates how sunshine makes biking and tennis more enjoyable.


Lena Garcia

Young Family Lead

Lena has enjoyed working with babies and kids since she can remember. Cuddling babies in the nursery and teaching VBS became part of her understanding of being a part of the church. As a mom of two young kids, Lena brings firsthand experience of what it is like to be a parent at Union. Lena has served on staff at a variety of churches since college and now enjoys working with the family ministry studio team, serving and equipping our families to love the kids God brings to us.

Jeff Fisher

Music Worship Lead

Jeff provides leadership for Union’s worship band, and assists in developing the music and liturgy for our Sunday morning gatherings. He loves exploring the intersection of art and faith, and is passionate about drawing out the gifts and talents of those who worship at Union Church to help tell the unique story of what God is doing in our community. Jeff enjoys going for long walks in his adopted city of Tacoma with his wife Amy, and two children Everett and Cora. He also loves discussing his favorite movies and spending late evenings with Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor. Jeff graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in history, and earned his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.


Theo Helt

Union Steward Lead


Jeanette Harney

Venue Lead

Studio 3

Studio 3 is Union's team of rotating lay leaders. The current leaders are Lori Cress, Craig Downey, Mary Ehrlich, Kevin McCullough, Jordan Robinson-Stark, Melissa Sanchez, Mark Spranger, Ted Thwing, Jen Wroblewski, Kathleen Brown, Selasi Dankwa and Brook Wessel.

Photos by John Keatley. See his iPhone Portrait series.