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Rev. Todd Scoggins
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Rev. Todd Scoggins

Rev. Todd Scoggins serves as the Associate Pastor for Congregational Life at the 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 they naturally become missionaries of goodwill” 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 is attending college in Oklahoma and two sons and a 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. Shelley Hamilton
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Rev. Shelley Hamilton

The Reverend Shelley Hamilton serves the Cathedral of Hope as its Director of Social Services. She previously served for seven years as Congregational Care pastor. Though her ordination is with the Metropolitan Community Churches and she pastored MCC churches in several American cities – including New Orleans – where she ministered seven years in the midst of the aids pandemic. Shelley retired from MCC in 2002 and has served COH since 2005.

She graduated from Empire State College – a division of the University of New York with a B.S. in Human and Community Services. Received her seminary training @ Union Theological Seminary, NYC, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Tx, and Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK where she received her Master of Divinity degree and completed all course work for a Doctorate of Ministry integrating Pastoral Counseling and the Bible and Theology.

She has been a parish pastor for forty years. Her areas of expertise are – reconciling spirituality and sexuality, healing sexual trauma and abuse, grief and loss, pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Currently Hamilton also works at Resource Center Dallas coordinating social and educational programming for aging GLBT people.