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Frank Schaefer is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He is married to Brigitte and has four children. He was educated at Princeton Theological Seminary and also earned a CPE degree at Hershey Medical Center’s residency program for chaplains. In 2013, Frank Schaefer was tried by a United Methodist court for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage and was defrocked over his refusal to uphold the Book of Discipline, which meant virtually to denounce gay marriage rights. In June 2014, the defrocking was overturned on appeal, and a hearing is scheduled for the fall of 2014. Now leading a United Methodist campus ministry in California, he is a speaker and human-rights activist.


Books by Frank Schaefer
Defrocked: How a Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church