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The staff at Church of One Love is dedicated to your spiritual well being. Our goal is to provide you with practical tools and skills to live an effective and joy-filled life of love, acceptance, wisdom and kindness. All our classes, events, and services are created with your highest and greatest good in mind.

Thank you for your interest in Church of One Love.

Blessings,
Rev. Melinda Wood Allen
Minister

STAFF

Rev. Melinda Wood Allen, Senior Minister

Rev. Melinda Wood Allen is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister, sought-after spiritual speaker, teacher, workshop facilitator and award-winning singer/songwriter with over 30 years in leadership in New Thought ministries.

She is a regular contributor at the PositiveChristianity.org, Big Sky, and Posi-Fest annual spiritual retreats, shares the message of unconditional love in prisons and to addiction recovery groups, and serves on the advisory board for Empower Music & Arts.

Letter from Rev. Melinda

Blessings, Dear Ones!!

It is my honor and privilege to be the spiritual leader of Church of One Love. I love to share how living from spiritual principles has transformed my life, and how it can transform others. I love to teach and talk, write and  sing about Spirit…and I love to love people.

A little history:

A student of  New Thought since 1987, I served as music minister, teacher, retreat facilitator & conference organizer before answering the call to congregational ministry, completing seminary training in 2016.

Raised in the Church of Christ, I experienced both the beauty and the painful limitations of  Christian fundamentalism (feel free to ask me about that).

My true Spiritual awakening began in my 20s, when, although I’d always strived to do “right”  (as taught), I found myself exhausted, broke, unhappy, in an abusive marriage (I stayed because I believed divorce was a “sin”), feeling abandoned by God and betrayed by the religion of my childhood.

The turning point was when I became pregnant with my daughter.  From the day I knew of her existence, I loved her completely and KNEW that as a parent I could never limit or withdraw that love, condemn or abandon her.

Therefore a True God MUST love us at least as much as I loved my child. I understood then, in the depths of my soul, that within the love of God there could be no eternal condemnation.  I made a choice in that moment to serve the God of love—always and only LOVE.

I began to study—Unity principles, 12 steps, 4 Agreements, Science of Mind, Zen meditation, Mindfulness practice, Centering Prayer,  Sufi Poetry, A Course in Miracles, The Work of Bryron Katy, and many other  spiritual teachings, always seeking the teachings of love.  I explored the Bible metaphysically rather than literally, and began to appreciate the universal truth I found in many sacred texts.

For more than 30 years I’ve strived to live from these truths: schooling my thoughts to transform my experience of the world, opening my heart to compassion and understanding for others, praying to align my thoughts with Divine Mind, and holding Love—always, only Love– as my guiding principle.

Do I do these things perfectly? Ha! Spend an afternoon with me and find out! (or just ask my husband). BUT—I live a life of self-responsibility and reliance on a Higher Energy and Power which I choose to call God or simply Love, connecting to the Spirit within; finding joy—even in the face of loss, abundance—even when I don’t know from where my good is coming, peace—even in chaos, trusting grace and knowing my purpose: Love is why I’m here. I’m called to love, nurture, challenge, & support all who walk this path with me.

And…I want to know you! I’d love to hear your life and journey. Please email me or stop and talk after church or class. Let’s make an appointment, have a cup of coffee, spend some time together.

Many blessings and much love,

Rev. Melinda

Jordan Weeks, Administrator

Jordan is overjoyed to work for and alongside such a genuinely supportive, understanding community dedicated to making the world a little brighter!

She is passionate about human rights (especially those of the impoverished or oppressed) and improving society through politics. Her background with legal work encompassed these things, as she primarily assisted families of children with special needs with various legal matters. She loves art and tattoos, which is quite obvious when you meet her! Nature, meditation, and health and wellness are some of her other interests.

Drop her a line at admin@churchofonelove.org or through any of our social media pages – she’d love to meet you!

MUSIC TEAM

Kay Ellingson, Music Coordinator

Kay Ellingson’s singing style and selection of material is diverse, ranging from jazz, blues, and pop, to rock, country, and classical. “I started singing when I was three. That’s all I ever wanted to do. Growing up, I couldn’t decide whether to be Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, or Maria Callas, so I sing it all.

“Here at COOL I have the opportunity to also share it all with the most amazing musicians and congregation – who are also my beloved friends and family. Melinda Allen has introduced me to a whole new world of songs, songwriters, thoughts, and ideas. I can’t wait to see where next we will travel together on this spiritual musical journey.” Kay also performs regularly with her own bands, The K. Ellingson Group and Wives and Lovers.

Kent Ellingson

Kent Ellingson has served as pianist and keyboardist here for since 1991. He recently retired from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in Dallas, where he taught jazz piano, music theory, composition, and vocal jazz, and is a recipient of the Sammons D’Jam Jazz Educator Award. Kent currently teaches applied jazz piano and other music classes at Collin College, Plano, as well as Eastfield College in Mesquite. In 2016

Kent performs locally with his own group (including wife Kay as vocalist) and freelances as a pianist/keyboardist throughout the Metroplex. He has truly enjoyed his involvement with the COOL music team, and looks forward each Sunday to performing the wonderful music of the church

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Pam Porter is a wonderful Prayer Partner and the Hospitality Director as well as President of the Board.

She has been with COL/COOL 33+ years! COOL is her heart, her love, her inspiration. The beautiful messages, the caring, the love, the hugs and the fellowship keep her coming back.

She has been a caretaker all of her life. Her love of people has been instrumental in her personal life as well as her business life. She has had several careers and wonderful opportunities available to me. She has managed people for 30+ years. Her goal and heart’s desire has always been to serve her fellow man.

She considers her main spiritual gifts to be praying, encouraging, compassionate care, hospitality, financial wisdom, community building, leadership, listening, welcoming, and being with children and the elderly.

Her heart is calling her to serve her church, her community and her fellow man. She wants to serve her fellow congregants and to assist them in every possible way. She wants to support her minister and fellow board members and always maintain our one heart, our one love and continued transformation.

Bronwyn Brock is a long-time member of Church of One Love and has served on both the board of trustees and the prayer ministry.

Susan Sims is Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and has been a member of the Church of One Love for over 10 years.  She says: “I’m so thankful I found this church and the loving members to help me get back on my spiritual path and now as a Board member, I truly get to serve.”

She was born in Denton, Texas but relocated to Galveston mainland at the age of 10 and remained for the next 14 years until Hurricane Alicia in 1983 helped her decide to move more inland.  She lived and cared for her grandmother while also attending the University of North Texas (UNT) and majored in Business.  She started working at UNT, graduated and retired after working in Finance for 29 years.

“I am enjoying retirement and ready to serve my church to the fullest.  I say again I am thankful for finding my church and the loving acceptance by all.”

Melissa Pollock, Board Secretary and head of our Marketing Team, has been a member of the Church of One Love for nearly two years.

Melissa didn’t grow up with church, and says that her early experiences with a few churches were conflicting and confusing.  But friends who are members of the Church of One Love (COOL), convinced Melissa and her Wife to come with them one Sunday – and were so positively impacted that they talked about it for hours, and kept coming back – and a few months later, they became members.

Reverend Melinda’s New Thought ministry was new to them, but in it Melissa found real inclusivity, and universal one-ness and love.  Rev’s very real, and humbly-human approach to storytelling, along with her magnificent lyrics and singing, were all food for what Melissa refers to as her previously “starving soul”!

As a corporate leader in her work life, Melissa joined the Board of Trustees in 2024 to further support COOL, with service in participation, collaboration, and leadership.

Larry Deborde is one of our newest Board Members.

Larry was raised with different church groups growing up – organized religion worked for a while but then it didn’t. He went hesitantly to Church of One Love with a friend of his who was a member – Larry liked what he had so he thought he’d try it! That was over 3 years ago.
Larry kept returning because he felt a home, a place of friendship, a comfortable space to believe what he wants and have doubts – and was still welcomed.
He says, “I do not do commitment well, but last year I decided to give back to the fellowship that has given me so much – so I joined the church. Major differences in my life have occurred by hearing the message.”
That message is LOVE – that we are all connected, and how to navigate life in the Oneness that we are.

Jay Stephenson, Volunteer & Board Member

Jay has been here since July, 95, 26 years! He says :”Many Paths One Spirit, pretty much says it all. We are all one, living the love that we are. And the Spiritual growth and education taught at COOL, we are all an extension of God’s Love, basically, the message that keeps me coming to COOL.”

The Board is made up of individuals working together as a team. Jay worked in sales, learning and practicing listening and working together as a team.

Individually, Jay feels like a member of COOL working with others in any capacity is a service to COOL. His contribution to COOL as a Board member would be to help everyone feel they, individually are a part of COOL and have something to contribute to the church. Basically, get everyone to feel the warmth and be included in activities other than Sunday service.

Serving on the board helps his desire spreading the COOL message of Love.