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 small, private hospital in the 1920s. In 1974, Rev. James Harris is elected as the church’s second Senior Pastor.
On October 4, 1976, MCC-Dallas purchases building at 2701 Reagan, which one 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, renovated office space for HopeCounselingCenter 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. Cazares-Thomas was elected Senior Pastor. He began serving on June 3.