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The Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church at large is a vast collection of denominations with various beliefs.

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) credentials and rosters qualified candidates of all sexual orientations and gender identities for ministry; supports these pastors by connecting them with congregations who are committed to the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Lutheran life and ministry; provides mission grants to support the ministry of its roster members; and provides a network of support to congregations and pastors. Seventeen Lutheran congregations are served by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries pastors. (ELM website)

Jay Wilson, a genderqueer transman,  was ordained by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries in December 2008 to serve First United Lutheran Church, an independent parish. Rev Wilson will be part of the Welcome Ministry, especially working with homeless in the area.