Minnesota Pastor Likely to Keep Job Despite Gay Report

June 23, 2010 - 5:38 PM
A Lutheran pastor ardently critical of allowing gays into the clergy is on leave from his Minneapolis church after a gay magazine reported he attended a support group for men struggling with same-sex attraction.

Lavender Magazine president Stephen Rocheford displays a copy of the magazine's latest issue, featuring a photo of The Rev. Tom Brock on the cover Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minneapolis (AP) - A Lutheran pastor ardently critical of allowing gays into the clergy is on leave from his Minneapolis church after a gay magazine reported he attended a support group for men struggling with same-sex attraction.
 
But Hope Lutheran Church officials said Wednesday that the Rev. Tom Brock acted in accordance with his faith by attending the group and likely will keep his job.
 
Lavender Magazine last week published a story by a writer who went undercover at the support group. The article never explicitly says Brock confessed to homosexual activity but says he discussed his attraction to men.
 
Hope Lutheran officials say Brock was put on leave from the job of senior pastor at Hope Lutheran when the article came out but likely will return after an internal investigation.