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Susan Wolfe-Devol, voice of LGBT inclusion and first female Lutheran pastor in Orange County, dies at 61

Susan Wolfe-Devol, voice of LGBT inclusion and first female Lutheran pastor in Orange County, dies at 61

Susan Wolfe-Devol, the first woman to become a Lutheran pastor in Orange County and a hard-driving advocate for inclusion and social justice in the church and its ministry, has died at the age of 61.

Wolfe-Devol died Dec. 16 in Ventura after a brief illness, her husband said.

For years, Wolfe-Devol was among those in the Lutheran church who reached out to the LGBT community and helped clear the way for the 2009 vote by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that permitted gay and lesbian clergy to openly marry and continue to serve in the church.

Wolfe-Devol served as an associate pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Santa Ana from 1985 to 1990, becoming...

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