Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Todd Scoggins
The Reverend Todd Scoggins serves as Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ (UCC) in Dallas, Texas. Todd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business (BSB) from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Before moving to Dallas, Todd served as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. He enjoys meeting new people, caring for those who are hurting and helping everyone become familiar with the various ministries at Cathedral of Hope. “One of the goals we have at Cathedral of Hope is to have every member in ministry and every ministry in mission. I believe when people become active participants in their community of faith they naturally become missionaries of goodwill by serving others” says Scoggins.
Todd served as the Director of Development for Cathedral of Hope prior to joining the ministerial staff and was ordained as a clergy in full standing within the United Church of Christ here at Cathedral of Hope on May 4, 2013. Todd has four children; One daughter and one son are attending colleges in Oklahom and Nebraska while his other son and daughter reside near Frisco, TX. Todd and his partner, Paul Rumsey, reside in Dallas and share their passion for God, for others and for the inclusive message of God’s love at Cathedral of Hope.
Rev. Mike Wright-Chapman
Rev. Mike Wright-Chapman serves as Associate Pastor for Benevolence, Education and Religious Services. In addition, leads the team that includes our Ministers for Children and Youth and manages projects for the Advancement Committee. Mike earned a B. A. in Humanities-Religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and an M. A. in Christian Education at Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee. His work at Scarritt offered him the opportunity to study at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he first met United Church of Christ clergy, and developed an interest in the denomination’s progressive theology and ministry.
Mike is a native of Fort Worth and grew up in Crowley, Texas. He served The United Methodist Church from 1988 to 2012 in youth and children’s ministries and as an Executive Pastor for six UMC congregations, and on the staffs of the Central Texas UMC Conference and the North Texas UMC Conference. He directed the Youth Ministry Certification program at Perkins School of Theology for four years.
Mike has a long history of advocacy for the least, the lost and the marginalized. He has done grassroots work in the areas of antiracism, ending sexism and homophobia, and been an advocate for marriage and ordination equality for 25 years. He’s dreamed for years of serving a church like the Cathedral of Hope where all people are welcome, included and truly celebrated.
Mike is married to Kathy, a Director at Education Service Center Region 11 in Fort Worth and their son, Matt, is a junior at Texas Tech University. They reside in Arlington.
Rev. Dr. Alberto Magana
A former Roman Catholic Priest, Rev. Dr. Alberto Magana leads our Spanish-language service at 1 p.m.
A native of Guadalajara Mexico, Alberto is a passionate advocate for multicultural diversity, the elderly and infirm and the poor.
Alberto began is career in 1987 as an elementary school teacher, but a year later felt a calling to join the Roman Catholic priesthood, and he was assigned to a parish in Washington D.C.
Alberto made the painful decision to leave the priesthood when the Catholic church would not accept him as the person God made him to be.
In 2001, Alberto graduated from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif., with a Master of Divinity Degree. In 2014, he earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
In 2014, Alberto also gained his U.S. citizenship and his company, VITAS Healthcare, recognized him with the company’s highest honor for his work as a hospice chaplain.
Alberto leads a virbrant, active and growing congregation at La Catedral de la Esperanza.
“We can all be one,” Alberto says—a rich, diverse community of individuals, couples and families, united by love of God and love for one another.
Alberto resides in Dallas, with his dog Harvey.