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 NM Mennonite Church Becomes First in Denomination to Appoint Openly Lesbian Head Pastor

A Mennonite church in New Mexico became the first church in its denomination to select an openly LGBT person as head pastor.

The Albuquerque Mennonite Church announced Monday that it selected Erica Lea, an open lesbian, to be its new lead pastor.

Lea is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University, where she was introduced to Anabaptist theology, and has served in a missionary and pastoral capacity for over 10 years.

According to Mennonite World Review, the church stated that it stands behinds Lea's "strong call to connect with and serve people affected by current immigration policies and racial, social and economic discrimination — as well as a call to provide a beacon and safe haven for the LGBTQ community."

Lea's hiring at Albuquerque Mennonite comes as she was in her third year of residency at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. She served at Baptist churches in states like North Carolina, Texas and Wyoming. She also served as the interim pastor of Houston Mennonite Church while the church's pastor, Marty Troyer, was on sabbatical, Mennonite World Review reports.

from: http://www.christianpost.com/news/nm-mennonite-church-becomes-first-in-denomination-to-appoint-openly-lesbian-head-pastor-200073/


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