Former Mennonite pastor Chester Wenger dies

Former Mennonite pastor Chester Wenger, who made national headlines eight years ago when he was stripped of his credentials for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, has died.Wenger died Thursday at age 102 at his home in Lancaster County.”My father was a person who gave his life to his family and his church,” said his son, Phil Wenger.Chester Wenger lived in Lancaster County for the past 60 years. He spent a decade serving as the pastor at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, but his son said his father’s greatest work came later in life. “When marriage became legal, I went to my father, my friend, my mentor and asked him whether he would sign a marriage certificate,” Phil Wenger said.A retired Chester Wenger officiated his son’s wedding in June 2014.After the ceremony, he published a letter explaining why he did it. He wrote, “We believe this is an opportune moment for the … Read More

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