The North Texas Church of Freethought (NTCOF) was founded by Tim Gorski and Mike and Marilyn Sullivan in 1994 to serve the psychosocial needs of atheists, agnostics, and other non-religious people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The first service was held at what was then the Wilson World hotel in Irving, Texas; currently they are held at the Sheraton Grand DFW Airport North in Irving, Texas. Sunday School classes are provided for children.
It was joined in March 2000 by the Houston Church of Freethought. A Northern California Church of Freethought was founded in 1999, but has since disbanded.
On May 18, 2006, the Texas State Comptroller's office granted tax-exempt status to the NTCOF as a result of actions taken by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who had previously secured tax-exempt status for the Ethical Society of Austin. This status had been previously denied to the NTCOF and other non-traditional churches because they did not profess "a belief in God, or gods, or a higher... Read More