The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the United States on Monday (12) elected Reverend Megan Rohrer to serve as bishop of a region occupying Northern California and the state of Nevada. This is the first time a non-binary transgender leader has been elected to a major American Christian denomination.
“Lutherans have once again declared that transgender people are beautiful daughters of God,” Rohr said in a statement after the election.
Roher, 41, made history in 2006 when he was appointed the first transgender Lutheran pastor in the United States. He also served as a chaplain in the San Francisco Police Department. He is notable for his work with the street people, and became famous when he appeared on the TV series Choir Eye.
On social media, U.S. Rohrer said the election to lead a senior position in the Lutheran Church is encouraging. “If my election confuses you, that confusion may prompt you to look at all the other wonderful things God has done that you may have missed,” he said.
“God’s call spreads to more people than you expect, in more places than you expect and more often than you expect,” he said.
The Sierra Pacific Bishop – Episcopal Region, which includes Northern California and Northern Nevada – has more than 180 congregations with 36,000 members. About 13,000 of them attend services every Sunday.
Rohrer, who will preside over the synod for the next six years, is the pastor of the University of California. Jeff R. He received 209 votes against 207 from Johnson.