A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jimmy Creech was an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1999. He served as a pastor in churches of The North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1990. Mr. Creech served as the Program Associate with the North Carolina Council of Churches from 1991 to 1996. Creech was appointed senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, in July of 1996. Charges were brought against him for violating the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church after he celebrated a covenant ceremony for two women in September of 1997. He was acquitted during the church trial but charges were again filed against him by the Methodist Church in 1999 after he celebrated the holy union of two men in Chapel Hill, N.C.. The jury in that trial declared Creech guilty of “disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church” and withdrew his credentials of ordination. Since the summer of 1998, Creech has traveled around the country preaching in churches and speaking on college and university campuses, as well as to various community and national gay rights organizations. He recently completed writing a book, entitled Adam’s Gift, about his experiences of the Church’s struggle to welcome and accept lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Creech is co-founder of Faith In America, Inc.+ More details
Faith In America recently sat down with David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, to discuss his personal spiritual reflections on his decision to support marriage equality for gay and lesbian individuals. Read more: http://faithandequality.com/david-blankenhorns-powerful-new-voice/+ More details
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