Gay pastor who resigned amid marriage admission starts new church
Last month, we broke news that Bishop Allyson Abrams had resigned as pastor of Zion Progressive Baptist Church. The news came after Abrams informed her congregation that she was in fact married to a woman, and cited negative attention on the church as a reason for her departure.
Now, the Detroit minister is starting a new church.
Abrams recently decided to build her own church in Detroit that will address topics and issues she believes most traditional churches and their sermons fail to deliver. While the name of the church has not been released, it is expected to launch in the next 30-45 days. “A lot of churches still have to deal with old doctrines and the old mindset,” she said. “You have to do lots of teaching and some digesting of scripture and understand it on another level.”
Abrams says her new church will be built on a foundation concentrated on welcoming, transforming and liberating all those who attend. Meanwhile, her orations and activities will focus more on social justice and civil rights issues.
Abrams says the house of worship will “be God’s church” and welcome people from all walks of life.
So far, she has received mostly positive feedback from members of her former congregation.
Currently, Abrams presides as bishop of Pneuma Christian Fellowship, an organization that trains and teaches pastors.
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