WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest Baptist Church has hired a second lesbian pastor to join its clergy.

Dr. Angela Yarber comes to the Tar Heel state from a spot as associate pastor of San Francisco’s Shell Ridge Community Church of Walnut Creek.

Yarber is an Atlanta, Ga., native and has served the denomination’s churches since 1999. She was ordained in 2004. She is also a professional dancer and artist. She combines all the disciplines in her ministerial work.

Rev. Dr. Susan Parker was the first lesbian pastor hired at this progressive Baptist church. She was at the center of controversy in 1998 when she and her partner requested permission to hold their covenant ceremony at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel, the home to the church. It became a welcoming congregation in 1993 and the only one in the South to have two openly lesbian pastors.

Lainey Millen

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