About Cathedral of Hope
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you’re welcome here.
We are a spiritual community for all of God’s people.
No matter what your faith background you are welcome.
We believe that this diversity is one of our strengths.
Strengthen your faith and meet others who are on a similar faith journey.
We have a variety of services, each one with its own character and format.
Starting at 9:00am and 11:00am are more traditional. They are filled with wonderful music and follow a more traditional format. These popular services feature more pageantry and structure than other services yet carry the same progressive message.
Starting at 10:00am Sunday is much less formal. Contemporary music and a more relaxed atmosphere characterize these more intimate services held in the Interfaith Peace Chapel across the entrance plaza from the main sanctuary.
Starting at 7:15pm are filled with contemporary music and energy. They are held in the main sanctuary and are a great mid-week way to become familiar with our church.
A la 1:00pm, nuestra congregación de habla española, Catedral de la Esperanza.
What We Believe
The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.
Our beliefs are based upon our Core Values. The Core Values of Cathedral of Hope are Compassion, Inclusion, Liberation, Hope and Faith in Jesus.
On July 30, 1970, a group of twelve people gather at 4612 Victor Street in Dallas to discuss establishing a Metropolitan Community Church. In May 1971, Rev. Richard Vincent is elected the first pastor of MCC-Dallas.
MCC-Dallas moves into its first church home, located at 3834 Ross Avenue, on December 17, 1972. The building was built as a private hospital in the 1920s. In 1974, Rev. James Harris is elected as the church’s 2nd Senior Pastor.
On October 4, 1976, MCC-Dallas purchases building at 2701 Reagan, which once housed a congregation of the Church of Christ. In November 1977, Rev. Don Eastman is elected as the church’s third Senior Pastor. The membership grows to almost 400.
The Rev. Michael Piazza is elected Senior Pastor in November 1987. Membership grows to 600. In late 1990, MCC-Dallas becomes the Cathedral of Hope to reflect a new and broader mission to reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in small towns everywhere with a message of hope. The church begins its quest to build a larger church to accommodate a growing congregation.
The Cathedral of Hope conducts its first worship service in its current home in December 1992. The Christmas Eve service is broadcast around the world on CNN. The congregation approaches 1,000 members. During 1993, the Cathedral grows by a record 300 members.
In July 1995, the Cathedral of Hope commissions renowned architect Philip Johnson to design a new cathedral campus. By 1998 the membership grows to more than 2,300 and the Cathedral serves a rapidly-growing congregation of more than 3,000. In 1999, CoH-TV begins hosting live Internet worship services via the Cathedral’s webpage.
In the year 2000, the Cathedral of Hope begins a “Century of Compassion,” by donating more than one million dollars in direct assistance and volunteer community support annually. On July 30, 2000 the John Thomas Bell Wall, a national AIDS memorial, is dedicated. Nearly 100 people attend the inaugural worship service at Cathedral of Hope-Oklahoma City on August 6, 2000.
On Sunday evening July 28, 2002, the newly-completed 22,000 square-foot Congregational Life Center is dedicated. The building features new classrooms for children and youth, space for Christian Education classes and other meetings, and expanded office space for Cathedral staff. The close of 2002 sees a local and national membership of nearly 4,000. On July 27, 2003 the members of the Cathedral of Hope vote to become an independent congregation by disaffiliating from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
On February 6, 2005 Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson is elected Senior Pastor. The Cathedral of Hope celebrates 35 years of ministry, service and activism by beginning a capital campaign to build the next phase of Philip Johnson’s campus design—an Interfaith Peace Chapel—and by giving birth to a new non-profit organization,Hope for Peace & Justice. Rev. Michael Piazza becomes Dean of the Cathedral and President of Hope for Peace & Justice. On October 30, the congregation votes to seek affiliation with the United Church of Christ.
The Cathedral of Hope, known as the “world’s largest gay church,” is accepted into the United Church of Christ (UCC). In a vote taken on October 28, 2006 by the denomination’s North Texas Association, the church was overwhelmingly accepted as a member, becoming the fourth-largest church in the denomination.
On April 12, 2015, Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas was elected Senior Pastor. He began serving on June 3.