Our Elders

  • Joey Kotarek

    Joey Kotarek moved to DC from South Carolina in 2010 and found his home in the city. Joey did his undergrad at the University of Arkansas and his PhD at the University of South Carolina Columbia in Chemical Engineering. He hopes that Union can be a place where all who come can find a home.  In 2014 he fell in love with Emily Alianello and convinced her to marry him two years later.  When not at the church, Joey spends his days working for the FDA, hanging out with his family, and wishing it snowed more here.

  • Shaun Cross

    Rev. Shaun Cross lives in Northeast D.C. with his wife, Melissa, and their three kids. 


    Shaun studied at Campbell University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He loves connecting the deeper realities of faith and Christ-centered spirituality to the practical facets of life. He is passionate about the intersection of faith, theology, justice, and the Church and longs to see Union Church be a place where people far from Jesus and people on the margins of society can be welcomed into the family of God.