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Our Founders


Pastor Keith Hileman grew up among the rolling mountains of central Pennsylvania in the small town of Hollidaysburgh.  He graduated from Penn State University with a BS degree in electrical engineering.  Keith and his wife Beth moved to Dallas in 1995 to study at Dallas Theological Seminary where he graduated with his Th.M. in May 2000, and began his DMin studies in pastoral leadership in 2009.  After serving as the Youth Pastor for four years, Keith assumed the role of Associate Pastor in June 2000.  He was named Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church in April 2012.

Pastor, Trinity Fellowship Church



Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter was called to serve as Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas in 2003 and as Senior Minister in 2009.  He has a M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry/GTU, a D. Min from Perkins School of Theology/SMU.  And is the author of Faith for the Unbeliever published by Skinner House Books in 2017.  He was the Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in the Fall of 2017.  He lives in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas, has two children and a yellow Labrador.  He and his wife Marianne enjoy travel, theatre, art, athletic endeavors and friends.

Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas



Imam Shpendim Nadzaku was born in Ohrid, Macedonia.  He lived there until the age of one, when his parents moved to New Jersey.  Shpendim’s love of Islam was ignited during college.  In 1995, he was accepted to the Islamic University of Al-Medinah in Saudi Arabia.  Shpendim returned to the U.S. in 2004, leading as the Imam and Religious Director in Rockford, Illinois.  In 2014, he moved with his wife and four daughters to Dallas, accepting the role of Imam and Resident Scholar at the Islamic Association of North Texas.

Imam, Islamic Association of North Texas



Rabbi Andrew Paley is the Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Shalom.  Ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1995, Rabbi Paley holds a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from H.U.C. – J.I.R. and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University, as well as a certificate in marital and premarital counseling.  He is married to Deborah Niederman and has two children, Molly and Samuel.

Senior Rabbi, Temple Shalom


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