Presbyterians will ordain gay Wisconsin leader

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2011 - 5:32 PM

A Wisconsin man is expected to become the first openly gay candidate ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since the church opened ordination to gay candidates earlier this year.

Scott Anderson, who serves as executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will be ordained to the Ministry of Teaching Elder.

An estimated 400 people from around the country are expected to attend the service, Oct. 8 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis.

"It's hard to believe it's finally happening," Anderson said in a statement released Friday.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officially began allowing the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates on July 10.

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