Who we are

FAITH FUELS EVERYTHING that falls under the LIDE umbrella

In 2006, the Dallas media announced that Deep Ellum was dead. We disagreed. After doing a survey of the historic neighborhood, we looked at the data and came up with four basic strengths that we think embody the community. These became the pillars for our Cultural Center and the heart behind our conviction that there was still Life in Deep Ellum.

1

ART

Deep Ellum has long been a creative center, with a strong attraction for cultural innovators. It’s home to several important, well-known art galleries and countless art studios. We support this rich tradition through our art pillar and our very own Umbrella Gallery.

2

Music

With its roots in jazz and the blues, Deep Ellum has always been a place where people gather around music and the performing arts. We make it a priority to host innovative performing arts events and promote up-and-coming local musicians.

3

commerce

Entrepreneurship has always existed in Deep Ellum. It’s a big reason for the neighborhood’s current revitalization. We partner with other organizations to help support economic growth.

4

community

Deep Ellum may be eclectic and diverse, but it’s also a neighborhood proud of its deep connections. Mokah Coffee & Tea strategically serves as a place for people to gather and continue building community.

  • Gina Morreale
    Gina Morreale
    Kids and Family Pastor
  • Amaris Salazar
    Amaris Salazar
    Assistant to Kid's Pastor
  • Liz Trosper
    Liz Trosper
    Gallery Curator
  • Rachel Triska
    Rachel Triska
    Executive Director/Co-Pastor
  • Joel Triska
    Joel Triska
    Executive Director/Co-Pastor

LIDE Staff

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  • Amy Nickell
    Amy Nickell
    Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea
  • Tiffany Nelson
    Tiffany Nelson
    Book Keeper / Event Designer
  • Mimo Morreale
    Mimo Morreale
    Community Engagement Director

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  • Amy Nickell
    Amy Nickell
    Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea
  • Tiffany Nelson
    Tiffany Nelson
    Book Keeper / Event Designer
  • Mimo Morreale
    Mimo Morreale
    Community Engagement Director
  • Gina Morreale
    Gina Morreale
    Kids and Family Pastor
  • Amaris Salazar
    Amaris Salazar
    Assistant to Kid's Pastor
  • Liz Trosper
    Liz Trosper
    Gallery Curator

Community partnerships

Building from our values of respect and relationships, LIDE strategically partners with organizations who share our missional principles. It’s a win-win: the Cultural Center and its partners receive mutual encouragement and support and the community gets new services and programs.

Say “Hi”

If you have any questions about Life in Deep Ellum, or would just like to say, “Hi,” feel free to email us below. We’d love to hear from you!

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Rachel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Serving at a place like LIDE has been something of a dream come true for Rachel. She leads the faith community, while making sure we’re connected every day of the week with the rest of the neighborhood. On her days off you’ll most likely find her hiking with her kids, working on her Sci-Fi Fantasy novel or rereading a Tolstoy classic.

Joel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Joel likes to call himself the Resident Philosopher, but really he’s just a pastor who tends to think differently about how church can be expressed. He loves playing guitar for his daughters, obsessing about the Dallas Cowboys and is almost always in the mood for Tex-Mex. You can check out some of his ruminations at residentphilosopher.com

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Rachel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Serving at a place like LIDE has been something of a dream come true for Rachel. She leads the faith community, while making sure we’re connected every day of the week with the rest of the neighborhood. On her days off you’ll most likely find her hiking with her kids, working on her Sci-Fi Fantasy novel or rereading a Tolstoy classic.

Joel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Joel likes to call himself the Resident Philosopher, but really he’s just a pastor who tends to think differently about how church can be expressed. He loves playing guitar for his daughters, obsessing about the Dallas Cowboys and is almost always in the mood for Tex-Mex. You can check out some of his ruminations at residentphilosopher.com

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Rachel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Serving at a place like LIDE has been something of a dream come true for Rachel. She leads the faith community, while making sure we’re connected every day of the week with the rest of the neighborhood. On her days off you’ll most likely find her hiking with her kids, working on her Sci-Fi Fantasy novel or rereading a Tolstoy classic.

Joel Triska
Executive Director/Co-Pastor

Joel likes to call himself the Resident Philosopher, but really he’s just a pastor who tends to think differently about how church can be expressed. He loves playing guitar for his daughters, obsessing about the Dallas Cowboys and is almost always in the mood for Tex-Mex. You can check out some of his ruminations at residentphilosopher.com

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Amy Nickell
Operations Director / Manager, Mokah Coffee and Tea

Whether you come to LIDE for a cappuccino during the week or to attend a service on Sunday morning, you’ll feel Amy’s impact. And while she works in the background, taking care of a busy two year old and planning the next big camping adventure means she’s front and center when she comes home.

Tiffany Nelson
Book Keeper / Event Designer

Probably more than anyone on staff, Tiffany gets to equally exercise the right and left parts of her brain. Those traits carry over into her days off too, where she gets a kick out of being a mom, styling her own home, reading a good book, camping out and listening to true crime podcasts.

Mimo Morreale
Community Engagement Director

Mimo’s pretty excited about his role at LIDE. After all, he’s a people person who gets to be connected to lots of impactful things happening around Dallas – things that tie in with what we’re all about at LIDE. When he’s not working, he’s probably hanging out with his wife and new baby, cycling for a cause or playing gigs around town.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

Gina Morreale
Kids and Family Pastor

Gina loves being the welcoming face kids and parents first meet when they come to LIDE. Being goofy with the kids and getting to know parents over a meal are some of her favorite things about her role. Gina’s an explorer and makes the most of any kind of cultural experience – whether it’s travel, music, reading or thrifting. She spends her off hours with her new baby and writing music.

Amaris Salazar
Assistant to Kid's Pastor

Being in community is a pretty big deal to Amaris – whether it’s with the volunteers and Littles she works with every Sunday or the close friends she hangs out with when she’s got some time off. When she’s not sleeping, this busy lady recharges her batteries watching a good comedy on Netflix and sketching for her own pleasure.

Liz Trosper
Gallery Curator

Sit down with Liz and you’ll soon pick up on her passion for nonprofit, experimental art spaces. When she’s not cultivating a cool environment for art lovers, she’s most likely making art of her own, working out at the gym or hanging out with her new baby – all of which she views as intensely spiritual experiences.

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