Gay pastor in peril of being defrocked

ATLANTA — A gay pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America could be defrocked after revealing he was in a long-term relationship with another man.

Rev. Bradley Schmeling of St. John’s Lutheran Church in America, had revealed he was gay when he became pastor six years ago, but he was single at the time.

The church bans sexually active gays and lesbians from becoming ministers.

Schmeling said he had promised Bishop Ronald Warren that he would come forward if he entered into a relationship, which he did after spending two years with his boyfriend, whom Schmeling now considers his life partner.

Warren asked the pastor to resign, which he refused, so the bishop asked a disciplinary committee to decide whether they should revoke Schmeling’s clergy credentials.

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Chicago Tribune, USA
Aug. 18, 2006

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