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Our History

There were people in Oklahoma City who wanted a church different from the others they had experienced in the past. For years, some of them had occasionally attended the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas. CoH-Dallas met this need for a new congregation in Oklahoma City. It all began with a small group bible study and a few big services at Christmas and Easter. Nearly 100 people attend the inaugural worship service at Cathedral of Hope Oklahoma City on August 6, 2000. Now, over 15 years later, we are still reclaiming a Christianity of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion.

Cathedral of Hope History

  • Fall 1999 Alpha Circle begins
  • August 5, 2000 First regular Sunday service held at First Unitarian Church
  • September 1, 2000 Rev. Kevin McLemore installed as 1st pastor
  • December 2000 Annual Christmas baskets project begins
  • Winter 2001 First Sexuality & Scripture Conference held
  • August 2001 Annual Crayola Crusade school supplies project begins
  • March 2002 Women’s Circle is formed
  • April 2002 Church paints the Northwinds facility for those living with HIV/AIDS
  • September 2002 Rev. Tessie Mandeville comes as 2nd settled pastor
  • July 2003 Church disaffiliates with the Metropolitan Community Churches
  • December 2003 Men’s Circle formed from merger of previous groups
  • February 2004 First Habitat for Humanity project
  • February 2004 Rev. Bob Wilcox begins service as interim pastor
  • Summer 2004 Vision and Mission statements developed
  • July 2004 Wilson Elementary School adopted for various projects
  • January 2005 Scarf Sewing Bee for Wilson School kids becomes an annual event
  • May 15, 2005 Rev. Dr. Scott Jones installed as 3rd settled pastor
  • September 14, 2005 We were a Community Partner for the Holocaust Remembrance Exhibition
  • September 2005 Circle of Hope formed in Norman, OK
  • October 30, 2005 Voted to affiliate with the United Church of Christ
  • July 30, 2006 Honored Rev. Bruce Lowe as 1st recipient of the Hero of Hope Award
  • 2007 Honored Jim Roth as our 2nd Hero of Hope
  • January 3, 2007 CoH-OKC incorporated, now independent from founding church
  • May 19, 2007 CoH welcomed into Oklahoma Association of the United Church of Christ
  • June 17, 2007 Hosts lecture on the LGBT history of Oklahoma, which later airs on KGOU
  • January 20, 2008 Community Care Ministries launched
  • March 2008 CoH joins community in responding to anti-gay speech by Rep. Sally Kern
  • August 21, 2008 Received grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation to fund our Health & Wellness Ministries
  • October 28, 2008 Joins nationwide UCC action to support marriage equality by holding a calling party to lobby California voters to vote “no” on Proposition 8
  • February 11, 2009 Pastor Scott Jones is Chaplain for the Day at Oklahoma State House of Representatives
  • Spring 2009 Begin recording our worship and posting it on our website and YouTube
  • September 13, 2009 Honored Kay Holliday as our 3rd Hero of Hope
  • March 14, 2010 Began worshipping at the building of the Mayflower Congregational Church after 9 1/2 years at the First Unitarian Church. 
  • April 18, 2010 Monthly collections of supplies for The Winds House, HIV treatment facility
  • May 30, 2010 Held our farewell service for Rev. Dr. Scott Jones.
  • October 3, 2010 Rev. Dr. Joe Meinhart begins service as interim pastor
  • November 6, 2011 Honored Bob Lemon as our 4th Hero of Hope.
  • November 2011 Unanimously voted for Rev. Matthew Perkins to be our pastor.
  • January 22, 2012 Ben Files, member of Cathedral of Hope, is ordained in the UCC
  • June 17, 2012 Rev. Matthew Perkins is installed as 4th settled pastor.
  • November 11, 2012 Honored Dr. Ed Shadid as our 5th Hero of Hope.
  • December 16, 2012 Revived a tradition and had a Christmas Potluck with Centerpiece Auction.
  • February 3, 2013 The new Singles Ministry met for the first time to plan events.
  • August 11, 2013 We celebrated our 13th Anniversary by making communion gluten free.
  • September 8, 2013 The Singles Ministry becomes Out & About Ministry.
  • September 28, 2013 Held our first Coffee House Night.
  • November 17, 2013 Honored Ginger Lamar as our 6th Hero of Hope.
  • December 8, 2013 Held a Scarf Making Event for Wilson Elementary.
  • May 16 & 17, 2014 Held first annual Garage Sale Fundraiser.
  • June 2-8, 2014 Partnered w/Cimarron Alliance to bring Shower of Stoles to OKC
  • November 2014 Honored Rev. Scott J. Hamilton as our 7th Hero of Hope
  • July 2015 Farewell service for Rev. Matt Perkins
  • August 30, 2015 Last Service at Mayflower Congregational Church
  • September 6, 2015 Relocated our worship services to Church of the Open Arms
  • Fall 2015 Lighting Project installed
  • December 2015 Voted to call Rev. Kayla Bonewell as next pastor
  • January 2016 Honored Mary Arbuckle as our 8th Hero of Hope
  • April 24, 2016 Rev. Kayla Bonewell installed as 5th settled pastor.
  • May 27, 2016 Joint COH/COA 6th-12th Youth Group began
  • July 2016 Youth attend National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida.
  • August 2016 Donated 14,994 items to Wilson Elementary for school supply drive.
  • September 2016 Volunteered at the Regional Food Bank for the first time
  • November 2016 Pastor Kayla honored as Gazette’s “Forty under 40” OKC leaders
  • February 2017 Honored Paula Sophia Schonauer as our 9th Hero of Hope
  • June 2017 Spanish for Beginners class begins
  • August 2017 4 new members joined the church
  • September 2017 Attended All Church Retreat in Guthrie with COA
  • Oct 2017-May 2018 Seminarian Michael Bentley interning at COH & COA
  • October 2017 Monday Meditation Class begins
  • February 2018 Honored Sara Cunningham as our 10th Hero of Hope