The mission of the Outdoor Church of Cambridge is to bring church to the chronically homeless people of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who, because of rejection, fear, shame, mental illness, substance abuse, or other reasons, cannot or will not enter conventional churches.
Founded in 2003, the Outdoor Church is an ecumenical Christian church for homeless and street-involved men and women in Cambridge, MA. Each week, through worship services held outdoors and extensive programs of street outreach and pastoral visiting, we share a message of hope and unconditional love with those who need to hear it most.
Staffed by clergy from different denominations and supported by over 40 local churches and organizations, the Outdoor Church has become a Cambridge institution. The hallmark of our ministry is consistency: our worship services and street outreach take place year round, in all seasons and all weather.
The Outdoor Church 501(c)(3) Non-Profit EIN: 20-1734080
"We were bringing our church members food, comfort, prayer and hope. Their homes just happened to be outside."
— Pastor Zach Kerzee, former Outdoor Church intern
The Outdoor Church of Cambridge has been a consistent support for the spiritual, emotional, and material needs of those living in extreme poverty and severe homelessness in the city of Cambridge, MA. Through worship, street outreach, pastoral care, hospital and prison visits, support in homeless court, and our revolving bail fund, we impact our parishioners’ lives in a holistic and transformational way.
Thousand Sandwiches Donated
And over 6,000 socks given to parishioners every year.
Years serving Cambridge
Beginning in 2003, we serve over 200 people who are chronically homeless.
Thousand Dollars Raised
To provide material and spiritual support for our parishioners.
From 2003 to now, meet our ministers and director.
The Rev. Jedediah Mannis, co-founder & Minister
Jedediah Mannis is one of the founders of The Outdoor Church, starting in 2003. He is also an attorney and author of Joseph Tuckerman and The Outdoor Church.
the rev. pat zifcak, co-founder & minister
Pat is also one of the founders of The Outdoor Church. She is a deacon in the Episcopal Church and serves the Diocese of Massachusetts.
The Rev. Tom Hathaway,
Tom has been with The Outdoor Church since 2013 and leads Hillside Community Church in Medford.
the rev. jean chapman,
Jean joined The Outdoor Church in 2010. She provides pastoral care and assistance with Sunday worship.
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