Retired pastor loses credentials over gay wedding |

Retired pastor loses credentials over gay wedding

The Associated Press

LANCASTER, Pa. — A retired Mennonite pastor who lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son’s wedding last summer says he prays that the church will become more accepting of gays and lesbians.

LNP reports that 96-year-old Chester Wenger of East Lampeter Township has written in a Mennonite Church USA publication that he happily agreed to officiate at the June 21 wedding.

Wenger, former pastor at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, said in the online commentary in “The Mennonite” that “my act of love was done on behalf of the church I love, and my conscience is clear.”

L. Keith Weaver, moderator for the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, said Wenger’s retired ministerial credential was terminated Sept. 10 after a review process that he said “was experienced as mutually gracious and respectful.”

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