Reverend R. Guy Erwin, a North Hollywood theology professor, became the first openly gay bishop to be ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church on Friday.
Only two years after the church lifted its ban on gay ministers, Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod after a three-day assembly held in Woodland Hills. The historic descision is a landmark for the congregation’s LGBTQ followers.
For the past thirteen years, Erwin has taught theology and Christian History at Cal Lutheran University. He and his partner, Rob Flynn, belong to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.