A lesbian couple will next month take on leadership at a 155-year-old Baptist church in Washington, amidst outrage from the faith community. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were ordained in 2015 and have just been announced as the new co-pastors of Calvary Baptist Church, reports Christian Today.
"We have found it so easy to fall in love with Calvary and its longstanding commitment to be a voice of justice and compassion for those who perpetually find the wholeness of their humanity disregarded and maligned," said Sarratt and
"It's a dream that's been in the works for quite a while, and we are thrilled to take part in the wild and wondrous work of community together," they said. "What gratitude we have for so many who have continued to walk with us and bless our journey together. Thanks be to God for all that lies ahead..."
"Calvary has benefitted from the leadership of women at all levels of church life," a statement added.