Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated the wedding of his son Tim Schaefer to another man. Several years later, a complaint was made against Rev. Schaefer by Mr. Boger following his mother being fired as music director of the church. Read the entire complaint process here. Rev. Schaefer was charged with “officiating a same-sex union and breaking the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church.”
The trial court (jury), composed of clergy members from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, found Rev. Schaefer guilty on both counts. The jury suspended Rev. Schaefer from his pastoral duties for 30 days while also requiring him to report to his Board of Ordained Ministry and District Superintendent as to whether or not he will be able to uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety. If, at the conclusion of his 30 day suspension, Rev. Schaefer does not agree to uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety, the penalty stipulates that he must surrender his orders.
There are opportunities for appeal and various options for Rev. Schaefer. Rev. Schaefer has clearly stated he will not renounce his support for LGBTQ persons or marriage equality. (Aired Nov. 29, 2013)