MEET OUR TEAM

We exist to know Jesus, declare Jesus, and make disciples in Jesus, all for the Glory of Jesus.

 
RYAN MENARD  Worship/Creative   Ryan serves on the Advisory Team for UC, overseeing worship and creative design. Ryan grew up in Southern California, and was saved after high school at age 18. Ryan was also part of the planting team for The Mission Church. Ryan has served and led in a variety of roles over the years, including: teaching, worship, leading teams, and creative design. Ryan recently married his wife Lauren, who serves in Union Kids and Hospitality.

RYAN MENARD
Worship/Creative

Ryan serves on the Advisory Team for UC, overseeing worship and creative design. Ryan grew up in Southern California, and was saved after high school at age 18. Ryan was also part of the planting team for The Mission Church. Ryan has served and led in a variety of roles over the years, including: teaching, worship, leading teams, and creative design. Ryan recently married his wife Lauren, who serves in Union Kids and Hospitality.

AARON NEWMAN  Lead Pastor   Aaron serves on the Advisory Team for UC, as the lead and planting pastor of Union Church. Aaron grew up in San Clemente, and was saved during college at age 19. From the earliest years as a Christian, Aaron began to sense a call to pastoral ministry, and church planting in particular. In 2011 Aaron was part of the planting team for The Mission Church in Encinitas, led by pastor David Menard, where he served for six years as the college & young adult pastor. In 2016 Aaron and his wife Madeline were sent to begin the process of planting Union Church back home in San Clemente. Aaron and Madeline live in the North Beach area with their two young children.

AARON NEWMAN
Lead Pastor

Aaron serves on the Advisory Team for UC, as the lead and planting pastor of Union Church. Aaron grew up in San Clemente, and was saved during college at age 19. From the earliest years as a Christian, Aaron began to sense a call to pastoral ministry, and church planting in particular. In 2011 Aaron was part of the planting team for The Mission Church in Encinitas, led by pastor David Menard, where he served for six years as the college & young adult pastor. In 2016 Aaron and his wife Madeline were sent to begin the process of planting Union Church back home in San Clemente. Aaron and Madeline live in the North Beach area with their two young children.

BRIAN HOWARD  Advisory Team   Brian serves on the Advisory Team for UC for outside oversight and counsel. Brian has 25+ years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, nonprofit executive, church planter, lead pastor, and business owner. Brian has coached hundreds of leaders around the world. Brian is the executive director of Context Coaching Inc. the network director of Acts 29 US West, and the Multiplication Director at Pacific Church Network (PCN). Brian lives in Southern California with his with wife of 24 years, Chandra, and four children.

BRIAN HOWARD
Advisory Team

Brian serves on the Advisory Team for UC for outside oversight and counsel. Brian has 25+ years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, nonprofit executive, church planter, lead pastor, and business owner. Brian has coached hundreds of leaders around the world. Brian is the executive director of Context Coaching Inc. the network director of Acts 29 US West, and the Multiplication Director at Pacific Church Network (PCN). Brian lives in Southern California with his with wife of 24 years, Chandra, and four children.

 

GIL ROEBUCK
Advisory Team
Gil serves on the Advisory Team for UC for outside oversight and counsel. Originally from Virginia, Gil relocated to Southern California in 2011 after tenure in Washington while enlisted in the Army. Gil has years of experience in ministry, leadership, and business. He currently owns a construction company and lives with his wife Camilla and young son Clifton.

CRAIG TISCARENO  Advisory Team   Craig serves on the Advisory Team for UC for outside oversight and counsel. In his forty six years in Christ Craig has served in a variety of roles including: Men's Ministry, Community Group Overseer, Grief Counselor and as part of the church plant team for The Mission Church where he was on the Board of Elders and Treasurer. In his position at The Mission Church he got to know Aaron Newman and witness the call that God has on this young leader. Craig lives with his wife Cheryl in Castle Rock Colorado.

CRAIG TISCARENO
Advisory Team

Craig serves on the Advisory Team for UC for outside oversight and counsel. In his forty six years in Christ Craig has served in a variety of roles including: Men's Ministry, Community Group Overseer, Grief Counselor and as part of the church plant team for The Mission Church where he was on the Board of Elders and Treasurer. In his position at The Mission Church he got to know Aaron Newman and witness the call that God has on this young leader. Craig lives with his wife Cheryl in Castle Rock Colorado.

LAURA KNOOP  Women’s Leadership, Oversight / Discipleship

LAURA KNOOP
Women’s Leadership, Oversight / Discipleship

 
NOAH & KATE IllIG  Jr. & Sr. High

NOAH & KATE IllIG
Jr. & Sr. High

ADVISORY TEAM

* As a church plant, Union Church has an interim advisory board that provides leadership, oversight, and accountability until a formal church elder counsel is established.