Pa. pastor defrocked over gay wedding offered job
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son’s gay wedding was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region in yet another sign of a split in the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination.
Frank Schaefer said he is deciding whether to accept the offer from Bishop Minerva G. Carcano to join the California-Pacific Annual Conference. The region includes California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.
“I’m actually leaning toward it right now, but I can’t make that decision myself because it involves my entire family. We are considering it very, very seriously,” he said.
Carcano does not have the authority to restore Schaefer’s ministerial credentials but he said he would have the same rights and responsibilities as an ordained minister. Schaefer said he would not be guaranteed an appointment and he would be paid less.