Exodus MCC began as a dream of founders Tricia Harvey and Scottie Shelton when they begin leading a Bible Study group in their home. In 1980 the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches recognized Exodus MCC. Exodus grew out of members’ home and moved into its first building at Carpenter’s Hall on South 7th Street. Exodus was ousted from this location when the local media became involved. They temporarily met at the Walnut Street Pub before moving into a small house on Collins Street. During their history they have been led by Rev. Ed Paul (1980-1985) Rev. George Allen, Rev. Sherry Hillard, and Rev. Beverly Bennett. Rev. Ed Paul was instrumental in relocating the church to 904 Walnut.
In the fall of 1998, Rev. Margaret Walker began filling the pulpit and was soon called and remains as their full-time Senior Pastor.
Exodus stunned West Texas and other MCC congregations with a billboard campaign and scriptural TV ads geared to spread the message of a welcoming Christ during 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the church raised $12,000 in three weeks which it used as a down payment to purchase its own property at 1933 South 27th Street holding its first service in the new building on Easter morning 2000. A children’s wing was purchased and moved onto the property later that year to provide more space for the ever-growing children’s ministry.
In 2004 the church was blessed to increase the size of it’s building by 50% to provide a small fellowship hall, classroom and worship overflow.
Exodus is a teaching church and has served as a training ground for four ordained and credentialed clergy: Rev. Cindi Love (2003) who is the former Executive Director of Soulforce International, Rev. Connie Mangin (2004) who is now the part-time Executive Pastor of Exodus, Rev. Wesley Mullins (2005), who is now the Pastor of Pike’s Peak MCC, and Rev. Melanie Martinez (2010) who is the Director of MCC Online Ministries & Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries.
Our outreach has included: mission support in Kenya, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Thailand, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Latin America and scholarship funding for Asian Pacific clergy students. Locally the church is a Partner in Education with AISD, supports the Noah Project, BCAR, fills and distributes “Snack Sacks” for the homeless to name a few. We have raised money to fund and build a Habitat House, as well as, help fund medical and dental expenses for a Muslim Brother in Atlanta.