The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago announced Tuesday that the Rev. Bradley Schmeling and the Rev. Darin Easler, removed in 2007 for having a same-relationship, will be reinstated to their congregations
Rev. Bradley Schmeling was the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Atlanta before he was removed in 2007. The congregation voted to have Schmeling remain at the church as a pastor without portfolio.
The Lutheran denomination recently made modifications to its ministry policy. It allows individuals such as Schmeling and Easler eligible to serve as clergy in the church.