Minn. Ordains First Openly Gay Presbyterian Minister

daniel-vigilanteOn Sunday, Daniel Vigilante became the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Minnesota, though he began his journey over a decade ago.

Vigilante had attempted to get ordained 13 years ago, but he was forced to remove himself from the process since the church didn’t accept homosexuals. Then last year, when the Presbyterian Church decided to accept all clergy — regardless of sexual orientation — Vigilante decided to give it another shot. Now, he’s the minister of outreach at Trinity Community Church.

“This is just an enormous step for the Presbyterian Church and such a statement that the church is a place for everyone,” he told KARE11. “It’s inclusive. It’s for young and old and gay and straight. Men and women can be a part of it and be in full leadership.”

Photo: St. Mark Presbyterian