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
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.
Loretta provides administrative support, particularly in the area of congregation communications, to the staff and congregation of Union. Using her banking and marketing background, she also provides strategic thinking on the ministry and mission of Union Church and is responsible for all financial reporting. Loretta enjoys cheering on the Sounders with her husband Dick, exploring her new neighborhood in West Seattle, trying new recipies, long weekends in Sonoma, and reading mysteries (especially by Louise Penny or Elizabeth George).
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.
Stephanie Templin Ashford
Stephanie Templin Ashford serves as a Parish Associate at Union Church. In this role, she assists with worship, special projects and opportunities for upper elementary and middle school students. Stephanie was ordained to Christian ministry in 2004 and has served various congregations as pastor and Associate Pastor in Pennsylvania and now in Seattle. She is married and has two children, two cats, two fish and a bearded dragon. She lives in Queen Anne with her family and enjoys running, hiking, coffee and travel.
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.
Union Steward Lead
Kakāo Cafe Lead
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.
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