LGBT-welcoming Lutheran church installs
QSanAntonio.com, May 10, 2012
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, the only Lutheran congregation
in San Antonio to openly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
believers, will celebrate the installation of it's new pastor, the Rev.
Charles A. Fredrickson, on Saturday, May 12.
The installation worship service will confirm and celebrate the relationship
among the local church, its pastor, the Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America.
The ELCA is the largest Lutheran denomination in the US with over 10,000
member congregations and 4.2 million members across the nation, Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Rev. Fredrickson is an experienced pastor having served congregations
in Wisconsin and as a missionary in Japan. His installation at the Lutheran
Church of the Good Shepherd is for a two-year term.
Pastors from the community have been invited to attend the
installation and members of the congregation will play significant roles
in this service. The Rev. Sandra Leifeste, pastor of House of Prayer Lutheran,
and Alamo Conference dean of the Southwest Texas Synod of the ELCA will
preach and preside.
This fall, the church proudly celebrates its 60th year of ministry on
the southeast side of San Antonio. It worships weekly at 10:30 am. with
Sunday School available. Local LGBT activist Dan Graney is a member of
The church's sanctuary, educational facilities and air conditioned gym
are well known for providing rental space to the community. A long standing
ministry of the congregation is Good Shepherd's state certified day school
for newborns to 5 year olds. The church is also home to Premier Leadership
Academy, a charter public school.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd invites the community to
celebrate the installation of the Rev. Charles A. Fredrickson at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, May 12 at the church which is located at 1630 Goliad Road.
The installation service will be followed by a light reception hosted
by the congregation. For information, visit GoodShepherdSA.org
or call the church office at 210-333-0460.