If you thought you would never see the day a pastor became transgender, think again. Pastor Rose Beeson of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, recently changed from female-to-male.
The pastor now calls herself “Peter” and has been named so in the renaming ceremony by Lutheran Bishop Tracie Bartholomew to mark the gender transition.
“I feel embraced by a cloud of saints,” Beeson told ABC 7.
According to the 31yr-old, the church has been very supportive of the transition.
Mark Singleton, 21, is a congregant of the church and said the renaming ceremony was “a wonderful day in the life of this radically inclusive community,” according to NJ.com.
“It’s an opportunity for us to live out our mission to accept everyone, not just talk the talk,” said congregant Jen Meusel, 20.
“I support Pastor Beeson coming to the realization of who he really is,” said Bishop Bartholomew.
Beeson announced she was actually a he last summer, stating it was “even more important” ever since Donald Trump was elected president.
“Both I and this congregation thought it was even more important because of that; to be a bold voice that says, Christians also believe transgender people are good and created in the image of God,” said the pastor.
Beeson chose the name Peter because Biblical “Peter’s persistence resonated,” she said to ABC 7.
“I am grateful to be in a congregation in part to be a bold witness to God’s mercy and grace,” said Beeson.