The World-Herald in Omaha, Neb., is reporting on North Carolina activist Jimmy Creech’s appearance at his old church. A former United Methodist pastor, Creech was defrocked in 1999 for his support of LGBT equality and same-sex marriage.

The paper reports:

Creech’s planned appearance and the event itself have drawn protest from members of a congregation that split from First United Methodist over Creech’s 1990s activism. Two lay leaders from west Omaha’s Living Faith United Methodist Church asked Nebraska Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson to stop Creech from speaking at Tuesday’s event — or on any other occasion on any United Methodist Church property.

Among other points Diane West and Linda Zimmerman made in their letter to the bishop, they said allowing Creech to speak at First United Methodist would violate the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, its book of church law. They said Creech does not meet the qualifications to be hired as a speaker at a Methodist church. Furthermore, they said, allowing him to attack the church’s rules regarding homosexuality would cause confusion in the church.

Zimmerman and West also asked the bishop to assure them that no church funds were being used for the event.

Sherer-Simpson declined to halt Creech’s appearance.

Read the full report from writer Christopher Burbach…

Update (4:42 p.m.): Be sure to check out this special reprint of a Nov. 18, 1999 article following the removal Creech’s pastoral credentials, courtesy The World-Herald.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.