There’s a new pastor in St. Paul Park, and he’s gay. Community United Church of Christ in the southeast suburb of the Twin Cities has hired Obadiah Ballinger, a 27 year old Yale Divinity School graduate.
Ballinger married his partner in Connecticut last year.
The Pioneer Press has more on Ballinger and Community United Church in Christ.
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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.