The statement released by the Evangelical Covenant Church earlier today mentioned another pastor who was suspended for officiating at a same-sex marriage – that of his son. Below is a statement from Rev. Steve Armfield. We ask for your continued prayers for the ECC to find a way and a place for such a faithful, loving servant in this denomination to continue to use his gifts for the glory of God’s kingdom.
In September of 2017 I officiated at the wedding of my son and his partner. As a result I was suspended by the Board of Ordered Ministry. I met with the Board this past Friday and Saturday. The first day was to hear one another and seek shared understanding. The second day was for the Board to offer a decision on my current suspension. The decision of the Board was to uphold and extend my suspension. I am to meet with them again in June of this year at which time further consideration will be given. I am saddened by this decision and will seek to remain in meaningful dialogue over these months. I hope that this will continue a conversation that will be restorative and not punitive. I will attempt to live my life as a husband, father, pastor and follower of Christ in a manner that is faithful to my calling. I will continue to preach and lead in the name of Jesus. I covet your prayers for me and my family, as well as for my colleagues seeking inclusion and reconciliation. I am grateful for my 47 years of ministry in the ECC and look forward to more years of service to come.