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Minister Stripped of Credential for Officiating Gay Son’s Wedding Dies

The Mennonite minister whose church stripped him of his credentials for officiating the wedding of his gay son has died. Chester Wenger passed away Friday, October 2, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with his family caring for him. He made history in 2014 when he officiated the wedding of his son Phil, who had been ex-communicated from the Mennonite church for being gay, and his partner Steve Dinnocenti. Wenger was 102.

“My father was a person who gave his life to his family and his church,” his son, Phil Wenger, told WGAL.

The elder Wenger officiated the ceremony of his son and Dinnocenti after marriage equality became legal. Phil had been excommunicated by a single leader in the Mennonite church decades before, but Chester was adamant he wanted to preside over the ceremony. He published an open letter afterwards explaining why doing so was in accordance with his interpretation of the

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2 arrested in connection with attack on woman in Daytona Beach for son’s wedding

Two men have been arrested in connection to an assault that critically injured a Tampa woman visiting Daytona Beach last month for her son’s wedding.

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Daniel Leonard, 19, of Palm Coast was arrested on a warrant and charged with principal to aggravated battery.

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Police say the other suspect, 23-year-old Kyle Oliver of Ormond Beach, punched the victim so hard she suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed.

Barry Burich spoke with WESH 2 News Monday from Shands Hospital, where his wife Pamela has been in ICU since the unprovoked attack.

Pamela, her husband and members of the wedding party were walking back to their hotel from a bar on Seabreeze Boulevard Sept. 12 when they passed a fight.

Authorities said Pamela Burich was hit so hard in the head, she’s been in intensive care though her husband says there are signs of improvement.

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Pastor Who Led Maine Superspreader Wedding Must Wear Mask at Son’s Nuptials, N.H. Church Says

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The pastor who officiated the Maine wedding that turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event linked to at least eight deaths will be required to wear a mask when he is at his son’s nuptials at a New Hampshire church later this month, a church official said.

Rev. Todd Bell, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, led the Aug. 7 wedding ceremony at a nearby church, and the 65 attendees were in violation of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size and its mask mandate. The ceremony, along with the subsequent reception at Big Moose Inn, has now been linked to at least 180 infections and eight deaths, primarily in people at a nearby nursing home who did not attend the wedding.

Bell has ignored social distancing practices and Maine’s mask mandate at his church and encouraged his congregation to trust God rather than the

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Pastor linked to superspreader wedding in Maine told to wear mask at son’s marriage

A Maine pastor who presided over a wedding-turned-superspreader event that has been linked to at least eight Covid-19 deaths and over a hundred more infections will be taking part in another wedding next month — his son’s.

The Rev. Todd Bell’s son is tying the knot on Oct. 17 across the state line at the South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the church confirmed.

And if Bell refuses to wear a mask at this ceremony, he could get the boot.

“I hope Pastor Bell will wear a mask,” church official Jennifer Leyden told The Maine Monitor. “To ask another person of faith to leave is an incredibly hard thing. But unfortunately, I have to be a hard-ass. If you’re not wearing a mask, you’re not coming in.”

Pastor Todd Bell, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, is shown in Alfred, Maine on Jan. 19, 2017.Tammy Wells /
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