Timeline




Given the amount of work that went into researching this history, please do not replicate it without attribution.  Compiled by Pastor Megan Rohrer the author of Queerly Lutheran.




Before to the Policy:
·         1959 - Ordination of Pastor Jim Lokken
·         1963 - Lutheran Board of American Missions calls Pastor Chuck Lewis to serve the North Beach Mission and gay men in San Francisco
·         June 12, 1966 - Ordination of Pastor Paul Brenner
·         1968 - Ordination of Pastor Donn Rosenauer
·         1970 - Lutheran Church in America releases a statement naming homosexuality as a sin, but calling the church to work for justice for "homosexual persons.
·         1972 - Ordination of Pastor Nate Gruel
·         1974 - Lutherans Concerned (now ReconcilingWorks) is founded
·         1974 - Ordination of Pastor Jonathon Abernethy-Deppe
·         1971 - Ordination of Pastor Arlo Peterson
·         1974 - Ordination of Pastor Daniel Hooper
·         1975 - Ordination of Pastor Robert Goldstein
·         1975 - American Lutheran Church gave Lutherans Concerned a $2,000 grant for their work.
·         1976 - Ordination of Pastor Jim Bischoff
·         1977 - Ordination of Pastor Vince Lavieri
·         1977- Ordination of  Seminex graduate, Pastor Michael Lohmann
·         1978 - Ordination of Pastor Pieter Oberholzer
·         1978 - Ordination of Seminex graduate, Pastor Lyle Beckmen
·         1978 - Ordination of Pastor Ross Merkel
·         1979 - Pastor Dan Harms is elected Bishop three times before bullied into withdrawing his name.
·         1979 - the American Lutheran Church affirms celibate gay people.
·         March 18, 1979 Ordination of Pastor Ernie Varga
·         June 10, 1979 - Ordination of Pastor Steve Robertson
·         October, 1981 - A poster was placed in the window of a pharmacy at the corner of Castro at 18th with the words "Gay Cancer. This began the first communal conversation about what would later be called HIV/AIDS.
·         1983 - Greg Egertson enrolls as an openly gay student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS)
·         1985 - Ordination of Pastor Steve Sabin
·         1985 - Ordination of Pastor Cindy Witt
·         1986 - Ordination of Pastor Richard Andersen
·         1986 - the Lutheran Church in America encourages congregations to welcome gays and lesbians
·         1987 - Ordination of Pastor Sharon Janot
·         January 1, 1988- the ELCA is formed through merger
·         1988 - Ordination of Pastor Cindy Crane
·         March 23, 1988 - PLTS seminarians Joel Workin, Jim Lancaster and Jeff Johnson come out to their candidacy committees.
·         1989 - Ordination of Pastor Bradley Schmeling
·         June, 1989 - a policy requiring gay pastors to be celibate is created.


During the Policy:
·         1989 - Pastor John Frickman of First United Lutheran and Pastor Jim Delange of St. Francis create a plan to defy the policy by calling openly gay pastors.
·         January 22, 1990 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastors Jeff Johnson, Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zillhart
·         1990 – Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries (LLGM) is formed to support ministry by gay and lesbian pastors
·         July 14, 1991 – Ordination of Pastor Dale Poland
·         January 19, 1991 - Ordination of Pastor Jenny Mason
·         1992- Ordination of Pastor Allyn Itterly
·         April 26, 1992 – Ordination of Pastor Jane Ralph
·         January 5, 1992 – Ordination of Beth Ann Doerring
·         June 20, 1992- Ordination of Pastor Terry Hagensen
·         June 27, 1992 – Ordination of Nancy Haupert
·         August 8, 1992 – Ordination of Pastor Bill Beyer
·         August 16, 1992 – Ordination of Pastor Steven Rosebrock
·         1993 – The Extraordinary Candidacy Project (ECP) is formed to provide a candidacy process for pastors in principled non-compliance to the policy. Margaret Moreland and Mari Irvin serve as two of the founding board members.
·         1993 - Ordination of Pastor Ned O’Donnell
·         1994 – Ordination of Pastor Michael Meyer
·         1994- Ordination of Pastor Rachel Young Binter
·         1995 - Ordination of Pastor Kelli Shepard
·         1997 – Ordination of Pastor Stephen Feichter
·         1998- Ordination of Pastor Shauna Hannan
·         1999 - Ordination of Pastor Robyn Hartwig
·         October 28, 2000 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Donna Simon
·         2001 – Ordination of Pastor David Coffman
·         2001 – Ordination of Pastor Michael L. Reed
·         February 18, 2001 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Craig Minich
·         February 29, 2008 – Pastor Teresita “Tita” Valeriano was appointed regional officer for the Lutheran World Federation in North America.
·         April 28, 2001 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Anita Hill
·         2002 – Ordination of Pastor Libby Howe
·         2002 – Ordination of Pastor Lori PIlatzke
·         May 12, 2002 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Sharon Stalkfleet
·         2003 –Ordination of Pastor Shawn Brandon
·         2003 – Ordination of Pastor John Syvertson
·         June 23, 2003 – Pastor Beth Jarrett is featured in The Spokesman-Review as a pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran in Spokane
·         July 25, 2004 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Jay Wiesner      
·         August 12, 2005 – 100 protesters, including Amalia Vagts and Pastor Barbara Lundblad,  stood in silent protest of the policy at the Churchwide Assembly in Orlando.
·         October 21, 2006 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Erik Christensen 
·         November 18, 2006 – Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Megan Rohrer (first openly transgender pastor)
·         2007 – LLGM and ECP merge to form Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

·         June 16, 2007 – Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Dawn Roginski

·         2007 – 80 pastors and candidates for ministry came out publicly at the Churchwide Assembly in Chicago, including Candidates for Ministry Jean Hay and Lisa Stenmark, Pastors Jim Boline, Daphne Burt, Darin Easler, Brad Froslee, Dawn Gregg, Susan Halvor, Margaret Kelly, William Knott, Gary LeCroy, Vicki Pedersen and Jeffrey Ziegler.
·         November 17, 2007 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Jen Rude
·         January 19, 2008 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Jen Nagel
·         May 16, 2008 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Lionel Ketola 
·         June 14, 2008 – Ordination of Pastor Kevin Strickland 
·         July 26, 2008 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Lura Groen
·         October 25, 2008 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Jodi Barry 

·         December 6, 2008 – Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Jay Wilson.  Pastor Jay was called by First United Lutheran Church (FULC) to serve at the Welcome Ministry.  At the time, First United’s pastor, Susan Strouse, was the only straight person included on the historical roster because of her loss of ELCA benefits while serving at FULC.

 ·         January 5, 2009 - Extraordinary Ordination of Pastor Steve Keiser
·         August 17, 2009 – LGBTQ pastors were featured in a devotional given to the members of the Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis, including: Candidate for ministry Nicole Garcia, Diaconal Minister Lauren Morse-Wendt , and Pastors Christian Jennert, Kevin O’Hara
·         April 24, 2009 – Ordination of Pastor Mark Erson
·         June 20, 2009 – After the Pennsylvania Synod passes a resolution urging the Churchwide Assembly, Pastor Richard Krug voices support for policy change in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After the Policy:          
·         October 2009 – Ordination of Jason Bense
·         December 7, 2009 – Proclaim members, including Pastor Cindy Coleman, met with Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson to share their story and to welcome members of the historical roster into the ELCA
·         February 7, 2010 – Ordination of Peggy Yingst
·         2010 – Ordination of Pastor Aaron Decker
July 25, 2010:The first worship service to reinstate and roster extraordinarily ordained pastors and those removed from the Lutheran church through trial.

·         2011 – Ordination of James Goodyear
·         2011 – Pastor Robyn Provis is received onto the ELCA roster (she was ordained by MCC)
·         January 2011 – Pastor Austin Newberry is accepted by transfer to the Florida-Bahamas Synod roster of ministers
·         February 5, 2011 - Ordination of Pastor Steven Wilco
·         April 30, 2011 - Ordination of Pastor Manda Truchinski
·         July 10, 2011 – Ordination of Mark Allred
·         September 17, 2011 - Ordination of Pastor Timothy Weisman
·         July 23, 2011- Pastor Jennifer Marlor celebrates the ELCIC’s support of Same-Sex Marriage in the Winnipeg Free Press
·         October 2011 – ELCA leaders, including Pastor Joanne Engquist publically endorsed a call for marriage equality.
·         January 14, 2012 - Ordination of Pastor Julie Boleyn
·         September 1, 2012 - Ordination of Pastor Caleb Crainer
·         August 26, 2012 – Ordination of Pastor Tyler Rasmussen
·         January 7, 2013 ELCA Pastors in Illinois, including Pastors Michael Fick, Thad Fisher, Keith Fry and John Roberts, publically supported same-sex marriage.
·         September 17, 2012 – Proclaim celebrated having over 100 members, including Pastors Darryl Kozak, and Bruce Thorsen
·         April 6, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Jeanine Reardon
·         April 7, 2013 – Ordination of Pastor Kari Lipke
·         April 26, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Matthew James
·         July 19, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Bryan Penman
·         September 20, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Janice Heidlberger
·         September 21, 2013 – Installation of Bishop Guy Erwin
·         November 9, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Leslie Welton
·         November 24, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Erik Haaland
·         December 7, 2013 - Ordination of Pastor Sara Cogsil
·         2014 – Installation of Pastor Brenda Peconage at The Lutheran Church of Our Saviours in Toledo, OH
·         January 20, 2014 – Pastor David Eck is featured in the Citizen-Times in a story about how his legal marriage in Washington was not recognized in his home state of North Carolina
·         February 12, 2014 – Installation of Pastor Paul Clark to the Lutheran Campus Ministry of Fresno
·         February 23, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Jason Glombicki
·         March 1, 2014 – Installation of Pastor Bea Chun at St. Francis Lutheran Church
·         March 29, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Andrew Tobias Nelson
·         April 5, 2014 – Ordination of Matthew Bode
·         May 4, 2014 – Proclaim members, including Pastor Kelly Heide, gathered in retreat in Wisconsin
·         June 7, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Laura Kuntz
·         August 10, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Javen Swanson
·         August 16, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Paul Gibson
·         August 17, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Brenda Bos
·         August 23, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Emily Ewing
·         September 27, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Julie Recher
·         November 12, 2014 – Pastor Julie Winklepleck is featured in the Muskegon Chronicle after her marriage to wife Kathy Griffin survives marriage equality court rulings in Michigan
·         November 15, 2015 – The Upstate NY Synod Approves the call of Pastor A.J. Stifler to First English Syracuse
·         December 13, 2014 - Ordination of Pastor Rose Beeson
·         December 14, 2014 – Installation of Pastor Noah Hepler at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Philadelphia
·         February 21, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Jill Rode
·         February 26, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Scott Douglas Richards
·         February 28, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Rachel Knoke
·         March 1, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Julie Wright
·         April 25, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Steven Renner
·         April 26, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Angel Marrero-Roe
·         May 31, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Amanda Nelson
·         June 2015 – Over 200 Lutherans participated in the Seattle Pride Parade, thanks in part to the leadership of Pastor David DeBlock
·         June 29, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Alex Raabe
·         July 2, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Asher O'Callaghan
·         July 18, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Carolina Glauster
·         July 18, 2015 – Bishop Kevin Kanouse comes out at the Detroit Youth Gathering
·         August 8, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Rebecca Seely
·         August 9, 2015 – Pastor Bill Kenezovich comes out in the Fresno Bee
·         August 14, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Jared Lee
·         August 15, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Fritz Fowler
·         August 20, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Jeffrey C Johnson
·         August 24, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Kyle Severson
·         August 28, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Douglas Barclay
·         August 30, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Cary Bass-Deschenes
·         September 19, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Gretchen Rode
·         September 26, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Jason Clifton
·         November 24, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Rob Bork
·         November 20, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Jay Berry
·         December, 2015 – Ordination of Josh Buzbee
·         December 4, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Mark David Johnson
·         December 6, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Cara Knutson
·         December 13, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Tim Feiertag
·         December, 2015 - Ordination of Pastor Edwin Weber
·         January 31, 2016 - Ordination of Pastor Anna Tew
·         February 8, 2016 – Pastor Marvin Harvard began his interim at Grace Lutheran in Carrollton, TX


Future:
·         April 30, 2016 - Consecration of Diaconal Ministers Abby Ferjak and Ross Murray
·         Our church may be led by first call candidates, including: Rachel Anderson, Joel Bergeland, Lauren Blatt, Joseph Graumann, Jr., Scott Grossman, Amy Kumm-Hanson, Paul Andrew Johnson, Emmy Kegler, Joe Larson, Diana Linden-Johnson, Meagan McLaughlin, Marissa Sotos, Crystal Solie, Amy Westpha, Brian Whitton and Chris Wogaman 
·         Our church may be led by seminarians and Individuals in Candidacy, including: Chelsea (Marsh) Achterberg, Mandy Achterberg, Claire Ackley, Evan Albright, Alex Aivars, Gus Barnes, Jr., Ryan Birkman John Brett, Jason Churchill, Matthew DeLoera, Fred Demien, Lewis Eggleston, Paul Eldred, Josh Evans, Justin Ferko, Robin Fero, Laura Ferree, Preston Fields, Megan Filer, Andrew Flatt, Christephor Gilbert, Gregory Gillum, Becky Goche, Char Guiliani, Kyle Hanson, Brian Henning, Ben Hogue, Brian Hornbecker, Brach Jennings, Joseph Klinger, Kristian Kohler, Terris Krueger, Finn Lambourn, Kyle Johnson, Korla Masters, Jeff McGuire, Samantha Melton,  Ashley Wai’olu Moore, Joshua Moss, Jess Olson, Hierald Osorto, Mack Patrick, Jason Poole, Levi Powers, Angela Remmers, Leslie Rohde, Miriam Samuelson, Chris Schaefer, Peter Schattauer, Timothy Schroeder, Adam Schultz, Lindsey Skakum, Liesl Spitz, Douglas Swank, Catherine Swanson, Kelsie Theiss, Analyse Triolo, Katy Wallace, Nancy Wichmann,* Charles Wilson, and David Young.
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