A Minnesota pastor who lost much of his congregation when he expressed support for same-sex marriage has been asking the public for donations to help pay off a $200,000 loan in hopes of keeping the United Church of Christ church open.
The Rev. Oliver White of Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul reportedly needs to raise the funds by June 30 and, as of Monday, had gathered $20,000.
... This is not the first time the Grace Community pastor has been challenged over his support for same-sex marriage. White, who spent seven years as president of the St. Paul Black Ministerial Alliance, cast a vote in support of gay marriage during the 2005 United Church of Christ's National Synod. As a result, he had fewer members attending his church the following week.
Since then, White has stood firm in his belief that marriage should include same-sex couples, and has seen nearly three-fourths of his congregation leave.