Cathedral of Hope UCC in Dallas, Texas, Hires a Married Homosexual as New Pastor

Neil G. Cazares-Thomas
Neil G. Cazares-Thomas

Largest Historically LGBTQ Church in the World Calls Prominent MCC Los Angeles Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has a presence in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The long-awaited announcement of a new senior pastor for an historic mega-church in Dallas, Texas, came on April 12, 2015, after morning church services. Members of the Cathedral of Hope, which has a primary ministry with the LGBTQ community, celebrated after a year-long search culminating in the election of the Rev. Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas, who will begin serving as senior pastor on May 24.

“We congratulate both Cathedral of Hope and the Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator of the global Metropolitan Community Churches. “Cathedral of Hope has long been a church where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people could worship God freely. Today, Dallas families worship together at the Cathedral in glorious diversity. Dr. Cazares-Thomas, a member of MCC since he was fifteen, will continue to hold MCC credentials and to provide leadership in MCC as he becomes senior pastor of the Cathedral of Hope. We know it will be a blessing to the whole congregation and the community.”

“I am grateful for the ministry opportunities that I have had in my 25 years of active service in Metropolitan Community Churches — first in Bournemouth, England, and for the past 13 years at Founders MCC Los Angeles,” said Rev. Dr. Cazares-Thomas. “Now I have the gift of being called to serve as the new senior pastor of the Cathedral of Hope, a United Church of Christ congregation. Together, we will embody the partnership between MCC and UCC as we make real God’s love for all people. I will be forever grateful to the people of Founders MCC Los Angeles, who for the past thirteen years have taught me, nurtured me and allowed me to be their Pastor. The future of congregations who welcome everyone is bright.”

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Source: Metropolitan Community Churches

One comment

  1. Rev. Neil is truly a blessing. I’ve been going to #cohdallas for years. I became a member about a year & a half ago. I love that our church has such a huge diversity. This is not the ” Dallas gay church ” as society with their narrow minds have labeled it.
    I’ve seen our church grow in so many ways over the years. And now it seems that since Rev. Neil’s arrival. Our ministries are growing stronger, reaching out to more people. And our membership classes are in excess of 60+ new members every time we have one.
    But I also have to say that Rev. Neil couldn’t do it by himself.
    In my opinion Rev. Toddler Scogins & other’s are a huge asset to reaching the churches goals.

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