UK: Church Appoints Nonbinary Transgender Man as Associate Pastor

A church in Britain has appointed a transgender man, who says he is neither exclusively male nor female, as a new associate pastor.

The Rev. Peta Evans, who identifies as a non-binary, has been named as an associate pastor by the Village Metropolitan Community Church in Brighton, according to Premier.

"Returning to Brighton, I am excited to serve again in the community which first welcomed me and supported me in both my ministry journey and my gender transition," Evans was quoted as saying. "I would love to see the sincere passion and integrity of The Village MCC reach out even more widely to people of all ages, gender identities and walks of life."

He added, "I am also enthusiastic about reclaiming the Bible from those who have tried to make it a weapon against those who are different, and I'm starting a group for trans people to do just that, ReTranslation, to look at the text for themselves without past interpretations getting in the way."

The Village MCC describes itself as "a Christ inspired community that celebrates diversity and embraces relational faith," which it defines as a "faith that relates to the world around us with love, acceptance and openness. Respecting all people, animals and nature as part of God's diverse creation." Read more via Christian Post