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.


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.


VIctoria sun esparza, mission strategist

Victoria Sun Esparza is the Mission Strategist at Union and a second year student at SMU, pursing a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Design and Innovation. Her role at Union involves building relationships with donors and community partners andmanaging on other non-profit happenings around the coffee shop. She is passionate about innovative spaces that explore the boundaries of church and community transformation and spends her time working on Union's future development as an organization. Victoria has previously worked at CitySquare and is currently a candidate for ordination in the Methodist church. She is a local East Dallas resident and loves exploring the city’s latest and greatest restaurants with her husband and high school sweetheart, Josh Esparza, and walking around White Rock with her fox-like dog, Leila.


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.