The Evangelical Covenant Church states that the church believes in “celibacy, in singleness and faithfulness, and in heterosexual marriage.” Taking into account its policy, the church decided to remove a pastor and his church from denomination for allowing same sex-marriage. The head pastor, Rev. Dan Collison was voted out of his position by a 77 percent vote in a meeting.
“I feel grounded in the path we have chosen. I feel grateful for the pastors and churches that stood up for us. I feel compassion to those caught in the middle.” Collison told reporters.
The ECC says the church can keep operating in its building, but it will not be under the ECC umbrella.
According to ABC News, the church said that members of the LGBTQ community were welcome to participate and to serve at the church. The church had also said that it offered wedding services “to all in our congregation without regard for ability, race, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.”
This case was not the only one put on table, there another case of a Michigan pastor who had officiated his son’s same-sex wedding in Minneapolis in 2017. Therefore, during the meeting, the ECC also voted to remove this retired pastor.
John Wenrich, ECC president said “I hope this historic church changes its mind and then returns to our family.”