About UPSA

As an inclusive spiritual community, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts seeks to cultivate compassion, wisdom, and peace through spiritual practices born of the great wisdom traditions, sacred service, and joyous connection to spirit through music, arts, and entertainment. Join us for Sunday service at 12pm EST at 4140 Broadway in NYC or on live stream here.


Rev. Heather Shea

Spiritual Director

Rev. Heather Shea is the Spiritual Director and Chief Executive Officer of the United Palace. She is a published author and served as a teacher and speaker across the globe. Heather has a business and performing arts background, and been on the Board of numerous prominent nonprofit organizations. She was ordained by One Spirit Seminary in New York.


Rev. Rob Way

Chief Operations Officer

Rob worked for many years as director of operations and facilities at Agape International Spiritual Center in LA, where he also served as the Production Manager and Director of Live Streaming and digital broadcasting. Rev. Way was ordained in 2013.


Rev. Barbara Tilley

Head of Administration and Education

Rev. Tilley worked in the areas of Christian Education, church administration, fundraising and development, prayer ministry and special events for more than 40 years. Her preparation and training includes her work in many interfaith, intercultural and ecumenical settings in leadership roles, New Thought schools, and as Director of Church Administration.


Anwar Robinson

Artistic Music Director

Most renowned as a Top-Ten Finalist of Season Four of American Idol, Anwar Robinson has served as Artistic Music Director of United Palace since 2016. Anwar brings over 20 years of experience as a director, performer, arranger, musician, school administrator, and educator and remains passionate about using his gifts to serve others and build community through the arts.


Rev. Dr. José Miguel Román

Spiritual Counsel

Rev. José was ordained as an Interfaith/ Interspiritual minister by One Spirit and received his Doctorate in Ministry at the New York Theological Seminary. He is a Board of Trustees of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, where he serves as Dean and teaches classes in Buddhism, Interspirituality, and Integral Theory.


Rev. Arda Itez

Spiritual Arts Program Designer

Reverend Arda Itez was ordained as an Interfaith / Interspiritual minister by One Spirit Seminary in NYC. Before transitioning to a career in holistic spirituality, Arda was the Director of Education for an international cosmetics company and facilitated workshops to cultivate personal and professional empowerment. She is an award-winning educator, published writer and inspirational speaker.


Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter


Rev. Ike was a minister and televangelist who preached "Prosperity NOW!" — long before it became popular to do so. In 1969, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (formerly known as the United Christian Evangelistic Association) purchased the Loew’s 175th St. Theatre to house its congregation. Together with the Eikerenkoetter family, he led the congregation until transitioning in July 2009; however, his spirit and his teachings are alive and well on the internet.