The Faces Around Union

We believe that the people around Union make it what it is. This ranges from baristas to staff to the guests that walk through the door everyday. So, we wanted to introduce you to some of the people you may see around Union when you come in our doors.


michael baughman, Community curator

Rev. Mike Baughman is the Community Curator and founding pastor for Union. The editor for Flipping Church (2016), Mike is eager to encounter and support those on the innovative edge of church, non-profit and civic engagement. He has served as author, editor and developer for a long list of curricula through Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. Mike learned a lot about basketball while attending Duke University and then earned a couple of pretentious diplomas from Princeton Theological Seminary (they’re both in Latin and hang in his garage). A third generation Methodist minister and church planter, Mike married a sixth generation Methodist minister, Rachel.                                          

Josh Runnels, Director of Operations

Josh is a native Texan and has lived in the Dallas area his entire life. He joined Union in April of 2018 as our Director of Operations and brings with him a decade of business operations experience. In 2013, Josh obtained his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and as most folks do, went into non profit management. He's eager to engage with the Union community and join in on cultivating the Divine spark in our city.

Josh has been married to his wife, Mindie, since 2005 and together they have 4 kids. When not wrangling children, Josh can be found attempting to crossfit, playing video games, rewatching The Office or nerding out on Game of Thrones.                                                                               



Kat kendrick, manager

Kat graduated from SMU in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in World Languages and has been working at Union since 2015. She served on Kuneo Planning Team for 2 years and has played a vital part in establishing Union's role in Dallas. Kat has extensive coffee and culinary experience which she is using to help Union explore new territories and innovations.  In her free time, Kat loves to go camping and play the ukulele.


MATT BELL, resident

Matt is from the Lubbock area of west Texas. He went to college at McMurry University where he played football and majored in religion. There he befriended and later married Paige his wife of now four years. Together they just bought a house in Oak Cliff and a blue heeler puppy named Luna. Matt recently graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU where he concentrated in biblical languages/studies. Before Union he was the youth director and associate pastor at Kessler Park UMC and coached a few Crossfit classes at Oak Cliff Athletics. His primary musical home is Christian metalcore but dips into hip-hop and folk. In his spare time he likes to run, read, mountain bike, Netflix, and hike/camp.


Jay Smith, Assistant Manager

Jay is passionate about coffee and music. He's originally from Jacksonville, FL. When Union is in full swing, you can find him making sure that we have coffee that meets all of our standards, helpings baristas learn new things, and scheduling. While Union is in transition he spends time rewriting the training manual and researching best practices for making the best coffee. He plays music with his fiancé in our their duo Brothers and Brides. He likes to read, watch movies, and create.


lizbet Palmer, design and communications coordinator

Lizbet is a wanderer currently settled in Dallas. She and her husband are musicians and so when she's not creating a design or making a video, she's recording or performing for their band, The Last City. She loves to explore faith and what it looks like for different people from different places, and loves Union's mission to bring people together through Coffee, Community and Cause. She's also been involved in Union through Studio and FLOW. Her hobbies include the aerial hoop, exploring new places with her bicycle and camera, and reading.