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More and More Extraordinary
Abstract: Two more ELCA churches call pastors from the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries roster.
On April 27, Grace Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas voted to call Lura Groen to serve as pastor. Founded in 1922, Grace is an ELCA congregation in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Lura Groen holds a MDiv degee from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. The ELCA refused to accept Groen’s application for candidacy because of her sexual orientation. She was approved for call and admitted to the roster of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM).
Pr. Groen will be ordained extra ordinem in late July.
On April 20, University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Philadelphia voted to call Pr. Jay Wiesner to serve as pastor. University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation is an ELCA congregation that also serves as campus ministry for Penn, Drexel, Temple, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Pr. Wiesner was ordained in 2004 and is rostered with ELM. He has served Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.