Saddleback Church Ordains First Three Female Pastors

Saddleback Church ordains its first three female pastors: Liz Puffer, Cynthia Petty, and Katie Edwards, on Thursday, May 6, 2021. This even though their denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, restricts the pastorate to men. | Facebook/Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church, the California-based megachurch headed by Pastor Rick Warren, announced that they ordained their first three female pastors, despite being affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination, which prohibits female ordination.

In an announcement posted to their Facebook page on Friday, Saddleback said that they had a “historic night” on Thursday when they ordained their first three female pastors.

“We ordained our first three women pastors, Liz Puffer, Cynthia Petty, and Katie Edwards,” Saddleback Chuch said in the post. “We commissioned three new elders, Anthony Miller, Jeremiah Goley, and Jason Williams! And we appointed Pastor Johnny Baker as the new global leader of Celebrate Recovery!”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski