EDMOND — A local eye surgeon has opened a coffee shop where visitors are offered a blend of physical and spiritual sustenance.
Dr. Scott Sigler said he envisioned Coffee Commission as a place where people could buy a cup of java while relaxing alone or with friends. Amid faith-inspired wall decor and faith-full baristas and visitors, conversations about God's love may spring up naturally, he said.
“We really wanted a place where you could meet people and talk about God,” he said.
Sigler said he and Barry Bryant opened the coffeehouse at 309 S Bryant, Suite 230, in February. He said it is sort of a “modern-day water well” based on the water wells of biblical times, which were community gathering spots.
“Our modern-day water wells are movie theaters, coffeehouses and restaurants,” he said. “Here we are sharing God's love over a cup of coffee.”
‘Coffee with a cause'
Sigler said the new establishment is similar to Ebenezer's Coffee House, operated by National Community Church in Washington, D.C. The church opened the coffeehouse in an old building that had been empty for many years, with the idea of fostering community relations. Live music and free Wi-Fi are offered, along with coffee drinks and baked goods.
Like Ebenezer's, Sigler said, Coffee Commission's goal is to provide a safe setting where people can talk about and share the love of Christ with others. He said the idea was bounced around by leaders at his former church before they decided to go in a different direction.
Sigler, now a member of Vintage Church, said he felt that the Lord was still urging him to open the coffeehouse, so with Bryant, he took the shop from dream to reality.
Sigler, an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon busy with his private practice and volunteer work for a local mission, said he wasn't sure how he would work the coffeehouse into his schedule, but he felt compelled to try.
“I never expected to do any of this,” he said, smiling. “I know that God wanted me to do it, and I did it.”
He said the coffeehouse's motto — “Coffee with a cause” — can be seen in many ways:
Baristas are placed in a six-week mentoring program pairing them with people from the local faith community who can help them learn how to share the Gospel effectively.