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Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing before the Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals. The hearing took place in Linthicum Heights, Md. At left is Dorothee Benz of Methodists in New Directions, an unofficial group in the New York Annual (regional) Conference. She is serving as a consultant for Schaefer.

Coverage Summary: Frank Schaefer Case


The United Methodist pastor was reinstated after being defrocked in November 2013 for officiating at his son's same-gender nuptials. Read what The United Methodist Church teaches about human sexuality and follow continuing coverage of this high-profile case.

United Methodist Bishop Deborah Kiesey.

Same-sex marriage complaint against Michigan pastors resolved

Two United Methodist pastors will not go to trial for officiating at same-sex unions. Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer speaks about his book, “Defrocked,” at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, one day after his Judicial Council hearing in Memphis, Tenn.

Update: Decision won’t end United Methodist same-sex debate

The United Methodist Church's top court has upheld an appellate committee's earlier ruling to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer's clergy credentials. Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer (third from right) stands with family and supporters during a prayer service for unity at Court Square Park in Memphis, Tennessee, prior to the Oct. 22 oral hearing on his case by the United Methodist Judicial Council. Schaefer was found guilty in a November 2013 church trial of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son but regained his clergy credentials upon appeal. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Top court affirms Schaefer’s reinstatement as clergy

United Methodist Judicial Council says committee on appeals made no errors in its decision to restore Pennsylvania pastor’s credentials. Read More

The Rev. Christopher Fisher (right) addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council which will decide whether to uphold the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (left), who lost his credentials after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. An oral hearing on the matter opened the council’s Oct. 22-25 fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Fisher serves as counsel for the church.

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

United Methodist top court is considering whether pastor who performed same-sex wedding will retain ministerial credentials. Read More

Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

Update: Frank Schaefer reinstated as United Methodist pastor

Appeals committee finds penalty trial court erred in its imposition of penalties after Schaefer was found guilty of performing same-sex wedding. Read More

Frank Schaefer talks to press after hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference

Schaefer awaiting decision in appeal of credentials

Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor, seeking to regain ministerial credentials after 2013 church trial. Read More

Rev. Frank Schaefer serves Communion to his supporters at the end of his two-day church trial held Nov. 18-19, 2013 in Spring City, Penn.

Appeal hearing set this week in Schaefer case

The Committee on Appeals of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will convene June 20 at Baltimore-Washington Airport Marriott to hear appeal from pastor on loss of ministerial credentials. Read More

Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS

Panel to hear Frank Schaefer’s appeal

Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals can sustain the findings, reverse the penalty in whole or in part or remand the case to a new trial. Read More

Frank Schaefer packs books as he leaves Zion Iona United Methodist Church after members of the congregation feted him at a farewell celebration on Jan. 5. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Scars and hope emerging from Schaefer trial

Before he lost his ministry credentials in a church trial, Frank Schaefer was a country preacher leading a small United Methodist church in rural eastern Pennsylvania. Read More

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