In 1970, twelve Christians gathered at a Dallas home to form a new church. Forty-three years later, that church, now known as the Cathedral of Hope, has about 4,400 members and around a thousand weekly attendees. The church, with about 85-90 percent of its congregation being part of the LGBTQ community, is the country's largest LGBTQ-inclusive church.
The 11 a.m. on July 21, the service, like all their Sunday services, featured a full orchestra, which, other than the three full-time paid staff members, consists of all volunteers. The choir, mostly middle-aged and older, was wearing white and red robes. While he plays a huge role in planning, David Moldenhauer, CoH's director of music and worship, blended in with the rest of the orchestra as he played the organ. Moldenhauer, the son of a Lutheran pastor, has training in singing, the organ and the piano. His background and his love for music led him to his current position, after he joined the church in 2001.