CBN – Last week, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) voted to defrock a Minneapolis, Minn., pastor and expell his church from the denomination for their stance on gay marriage.
The Star Tribune reports the church’s vote ended a five-year conflict with Rev. Dan Collison and his First Covenant Church over allowing same-sex marriage.
First Covenant, an historic church located in downtown Minneapolis, was a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination.
Collison was voted out of his position by a 77 percent vote at the ECC’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. It was the first time a pastor and a church have been involuntarily removed in the denomination’s history, according to the newspaper.