The Reverend Megan Rohrer will lead one of many church’s 65 synods, overseeing almost 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.
“My name is … to be as much as the identical messy, loving issues I used to be as much as earlier than,” Reverend Rohrer advised worshippers.
“However principally, if you happen to’ll let me, and I feel you’ll, my hope is to like you and past that, to like what you like.”
Reverend Rohrer, who makes use of the pronoun “they,” beforehand served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco and a chaplain coordinator for the town’s police division, and in addition helped minister to the town’s homeless and LGTBQ group.
They studied faith at Augustana College of their hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, earlier than transferring to California to pursue grasp and doctoral levels on the Pacific Faculty of Faith in Berkeley.
Reverend Rohrer was elected in Might to serve a six-year time period as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod after its present bishop introduced his retirement.
“I step into this function as a result of a various group of Lutherans in Northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic factor,” they stated in a press release.
“My set up will rejoice all that’s doable once we belief God to shepherd us ahead.”
Reverend Rohrer turned considered one of seven LGBTQ pastors accepted by the progressive Evangelical Lutheran church in 2010 after it allowed ordination of pastors in same-sex relationships.
They’re married and has two kids.
The church is without doubt one of the largest Christian denominations within the US with about 3.3 million members.