We are shepherds of the church by leading, feeding, and caring for the souls of the people. Our Pastor, ministry staff and leaders strives to lead the church to fulfill our mission.
Rev. Dr. Ouida F. Lee
Rev. Dr. Ouida F. Lee is the Senior Pastor of the Church of the Disciple located in the suburban city of DeSoto, Texas. She has a real passion for reaching the community for Christ and is committed to leading her congregation in seeing all of the people and developing ministries to meet the needs of the community. She is the former Senior Associate of the St. Luke Community UMC with more than 5,000 members and the Hamilton Park United Methodist Church with more than 2500 in membership.
Through her community focused leadership, the Church has sponsored a Summer Enrichment Program for Children to prepare students for the State of Texas evaluative exams, hiring a Principal and Certified Teachers. The congregation hosts an annual Community Health Fair and Back to School Festival, in collaboration with the Methodist Health Systems and many community business leaders. The annual the Trunk R Treat provides a safe alternative for the children. Annual Women and Men’s Day Celebrations, highlighting the progressive work done by the Men and Women in community. Purity Abstinence Programs for the Youth, and Domestic Violence Awareness community workshops in collaboration with the DeSoto Police Department. She is an involved member of the community where she is a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee of the DeSoto Independent School District, speaks on a regular basis to the students through Career Days and other campus events throughout the District. She regularly opens the meetings of the DeSoto City Council and the Dallas County Commissioners Court with prayer.
She is a visionary with the belief that through the power of the Holy Spirit, “nothing is impossible.” It is her belief that the Great Commission, “go and make disciples,” is the motivation for the formation of the ministry plan for the local church. In her earliest Pastoral leadership, Dr. Lee formed the North Town Community Development Corporation. The formation of the organization became a front-paged news story for Denison, TX and she was featured on the evening news. Through her collaboration with the Denison City Leaders, the Business Community and local Banks, the Church built a community playground for the children in this impoverished neighborhood and offered minor home repairs to homeowners.
Her name became a household name in the Sherman/Denison area as she hosted a one-hour TV show weekly talk show, Talk of the Town. The show focused upon the local issues of the community, and was shown to classroom students across the Sherman and Denison cities.
Dr. Lee’s leadership became recognized nationally as she brought to prominence the 700 member Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church, serving 5 years as President. She was invited by the General Board of Discipleship to serve as a Coach for the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, program. She serves as Coach in the Rio Texas Conference. During her tenure, she represented the organization internationally when she was guest preacher for the African Clergy Women’s Consultation in 2012, in Zimbabwe, Africa. She consulted with the African Clergy Women in the formation of their organization. And has served an Intern Mentor for five Pastors.
Her ministry experiences are extensive: she preached and led a Prayer Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; led a devotion in Thyatira at the place of the Baptism of Lydia; preached for the South Central Jurisdictional Gathering of Women Clergy, New Orleans, LA, and the National organization of Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. And preached Revivals in Nassau, Bahamas and Oklahoma and Women’s Days in Kansas City, MO, Houston, TX and across the Dallas area. She is ecumenical in her outreach and has preached for the National body of the Cumberland Presbyterians, National body of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Baptist, Non-denominational, Pentecostals, and Christian Methodist Episcopal. She has conducted numerous women’s conferences and has taught many years in the United Methodist Schools of Christian Mission for the North Texas, Central Texas and the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Her Conference past Conference related activities include, Vice Chair of the Conference Leadership Team, Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Trustees, Chair of the Sending Servants Team, Chair of the Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee, Chair of North Texas Conference Clergywomen, Committee on Nominations, and Pastoral Mentor.
She is the Vice-President of Communications for the African American Pastor Coalition, Her Past community related activities include President of the Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church, Chair of Nominations for the Board of Directors for the Methodist Children’s Home, Board Member of the Dallas Area American Red Cross, Keep DeSoto Beautiful Board and Chaplain for the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She has authored two books, “Sip from the Well,” and “Simply Pray,” published by Authorhouse. And has written School to Prison Pipeline for a publication with Black Clergy Women UMC.
Ouida is a graduate of the Dallas County Community Colleges, Dallas Baptist University, Bachelor ofBusiness Management, Southern Methodist University – Perkins School of Theology with both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.
She is married to Mr. John Lee and they are the parents of three adults, one who preceded them in death and grandparents of six.
Evangelist Ocie Hogan was born and raised in Paris, TX and is a graduate of Paris High School. Currently Evangelist Hogan lives in DeSoto, TX and has been a member of the United Methodist Church of the Disciple in DeSoto, TX since 2005. Evangelist Hogan was first ordination in 1991, and has served as Assistant Pastor in several churches. She has also been blessed to help plant four churches and had the opportunity to train across the denominational lines. As Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:4-5, There is one body and one spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of All. Evangelist Hogan’s message is one of love and compassion while restoring hope through God's word to all.
I am Regina Lee and the mother of two wonderful adult children (Shanel and Genauld). I have a Master’s degree Business Mgmt. and Bachelors in Business Adm. As an Alumni of Booker T Washington for the Performing Arts, I joined Music Ministry at COD over 18 years ago finally to be the Minister of Music. This journey has been awesome and I am not tired yet!!
Psalms 98:4 (ESV) tells us to: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” We honor this by giving God the praise He deserves. Church of the Disciple has three (3) choirs: Unity, Youth, and Unlimited Praise. The members not only worship God through song, but they minister to the hearts and souls of the congregants. Rehearsal times are either Tuesday or Wednesday nights at 7:00 P.M. This varies according to which group will be providing worship that week.
I have additional duties which consist of supporting the Dance Ministry, Media Ministry, and Youth Ministry. But working for the Lord is a job of the heart.
Our ministry just wants to bless God for all He has done and continues to do in the life of our church. If music is your passion, and you also want to give God “Awesome Praise”, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your voice in song!!!
My name is Terri James and I serve and Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chairperson at Church of the Disciple. As SPRC Chairperson, I work with a committee of committed members who strive to build strong positive relationships between the pastor and staff and the congregation. I have served in this position since 2015. I am originally from the beautiful state of Arkansas. I was born in Marianna and attended college in Conway. I received my BBA from the University of Central Arkansas with a major in Marketing in 1990. Upon graduating from college, I started my career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. I have been with this company since 1990 and has been afforded the opportunity to work on five military installations prior to moving to Desoto, TX in 2005. I am currently a Retail Buyer for The Exchange serving the best customers in the world! I have been married to Edward since 1991 and we have two beautiful daughters, Alexundria and Brianna. God has truly blessed us to raise wonderful young women who know and love the Lord. I get so much joy out of spending time with my family. I am also excited about serving in the Church of the Disciple. I joined the COD family in 2005. I currently serve as Treasurer of the United Methodist Women, sing in the Mass Choir and Unlimited Praise, serve as Director of Vacation Bible School, and as a member of The Family Ministry and Outreach Ministry. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27: 1… The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? So, I look forward to welcoming you to our congregation. We would love to see you and if you have any questions for me, please email me at email@example.com. God Bless You