Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Jim Mitulski
Jim brings thirty years of pastoral, liturgical and spiritual leadership experience, as well as passions for non-profit development and community organizing to our congregation. He is a friend of CoH and has been a past guest speaker. He has served churches in Berkeley, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. He was a Merrill Fellow of the Harvard Divinity School, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, a master’s from Pacific School of Religion and an honorary doctorate degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry. Jim has dual standing with the United Church of Christ, and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Metropolitan Community Churches.
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. Dr. Katherine Godby
Rev. Dr. Katherine Godby serves as Associate Pastor for Spiritual Life. Before coming to Cathedral of Hope, she served as the Interim Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Worth and occasionally as adjunct faculty at Brite Divinity School. She also has a small private practice in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Ministry is a second career for Katherine, following 14 years in the corporate world as an administrative manager.
Katherine holds a PhD in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling and a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School; she received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Texas; and she is a graduate of the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation (UpperRoom). Holding dual standing as ordained clergy in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and in the United Church of Christ, Katherine’s ministry has included providing spiritual formation opportunities (small groups, retreats and workshops), grief support and education, creative worship services (Taizé, healing, emerging-church), spiritual development programs for children, and organizing and participating in actions for social justice. She has been published in a variety of settings, including Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Life, The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Pastoral Psychology and a chapter in the book Brief Pastoral Counseling. Her prayer practices include journaling, lectio divina, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Rev. Dr. Godby lives with her husband David Grebel in Arlington; has three grown stepchildren and two grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, movies, writing, and keeping up with friends.
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.