Minneapolis church expelled over support of gay marriage
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church have voted to defrock a Minneapolis pastor and expel his church for permitting gay marriage.
The Rev. Dan Collison had his credentials removed by a 77% vote at the Evangelical Covenant Church’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday night.
Leaders also voted to expel Collison’s First Covenant Church in downtown Minneapolis. First Covenant was a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination. A Michigan pastor also was defrocked for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage.
Collison told the Star Tribune he was “not surprised” but “saddened” after he was voted out.
The ECC says First Covenant is free to keep operating as a church. First Covenant says Collison will continue serving as lead pastor.
In 2014, a First Covenant staff member officiated at an off-site wedding of two women from the church worship band.
This story corrects that Evangelical Covenant Church is 134 years old instead of 135 years old.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com