New Jersey ELCA ‘Church’ Holds ‘Renaming’ Ceremony for Female Leader Who Wants to Be Called Peter

Photo Credit: St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page

HOBOKEN, N.J. — An assembly that is a part of the apostate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held a “renaming” ceremony on Sunday for their female pastor, who wishes to present herself as a man and now go by the name Peter—after one of Jesus’ disciples.

St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, whose motto is “Where tradition and inclusivity meet,” held the ceremony during the Sunday morning service on a day that is known to Lutherans as Transfiguration Sunday.

“Today, we are creating sacred space that allows our pastor to live more fully into who God is calling [her] to be,” it said in an online announcement. “We take a bold step in witnessing to the inclusiveness of God’s love for those within our church and society. Bless Peter with grace as [she] takes this new name!”

The ritual was led by Tracie Bartholomew, the “bishop” of the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA, who “blessed” leader Rose Beeson with water from the baptismal fountain to commemorate the changing of Beeson’s name to Peter.

“I support Pastor Beeson coming to the realization who [she] really is,” Bartholomew told reporters. “St. Matthew Trinity is a welcoming place and showing leadership to respond to gender identity and sexuality.”

Beeson said she chose the name Peter because the disciple’s persistence “resonated” with her. She explained that she has struggled with her identity from her youth, and felt “queer.”

“I wrestled with sex and gender from my teens into my early 20s,” Beeson told, claiming that her life has now taken her on a “journey toward greater integrity to be the most fully present for the congregation and more honest and authentic and live what God is calling me to be.”

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In its Facebook post announcing the ceremony, St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran attempted to apply Galatians 3 to the occasion, which reads, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

While many congratulated Beeson online, some have expressed sorrow over the continuing apostasy among professing Christians.

“Ignoring the fact that God has called her to be a woman by virtue of having created her as a woman, Rose is using words like ‘honest’ and ‘authentic’ in dishonest and inauthentic ways. Sadly, with her dishonest and inauthentic sinful lifestyle, Rose has misled her congregation,” wrote John Ellis for PJ Media.

“St. Matthew Trinity prides itself on being gay-friendly, and Bishop Bartholomew is hoping that this renaming ceremony will open the door for other churches to allow confused and sick people to openly deny the identity that God gave them. Sadly, she’ll probably get her wish,” he lamented.

As previously reported, Scripture states that those who turn God’s creation “upside down” are like the clay telling the potter that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Romans 9:20 says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

Isaiah 29:16 also declares, “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay, for shall the work say of Him that made it, ‘He made me not?’ Or shall the thing framed say of Him that framed it, ‘He had no understanding?’”

Deuteronomy 22:5 further outlines, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

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  • bowie1

    Who is the “man” in this photo since all of them look like women? There are some names that both men and women use such as Jordan but usually there are some differences between the two such as Peta vs Peter.

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      If you look closely there is a fourth person.Look to the right of the women. You can barely see the man. But he’s there.

      • bowie1

        That man looks like he’s clapping his hands as if to congratulate whoever is being renamed.

        • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

          That’s what I thought as well.

      • Trilemma

        Look again. I see five people.

        • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

          Sorry, I only see four. Perhaps you see a demon.

          • Trilemma

            There’s one with dark hair, a second with reddish hair, a third with blond hair, a fourth with gray hair, and a fifth with no hair.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I’ll look again. No harm in that.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            He was hiding behind the blond.lady. WOW.

    • The General

      Don’t trust your own eyes. If someone identifies as male, that settles it.

      So they say.

      • LynnRH


    • Amos Moses – He>i

      a “MEOW” man ……….. and the “women” are trying to look mannish ….. as if that helps …..

  • Greg Paley

    Two things:
    1. These people are not Christians (obviously).
    2. According to the ELCA website, this congregation has an average Sunday attendance of 65. So, not exactly in the “megachurch” category there. Sounds like it’s just a Sunday morning club for Rose’s pals, not a gathering of the children of God.

    When it comes to keeping bodies in the pews, the religious left is a total and utter failure.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Hoboken ….. should have guessed …………

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    The shape of theological disaster: A denomination speaks with two minds and two moralities

  • LynnRH

    Apostasy among professing Christians is right! There seems to be a LOT of that going around these days. Like I’ve said before……Satan and his angels are on a rampage cause they know the end is near.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Bigoted Olympics Separates Events Into Men’s, Women’s
    February 12, 2018

    • ??

    • Quincher Glock

      Because we were created Men and Women!!!! Gen 1:27 Accept Jesus in your heart and kick the devil out of your mind!!

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        it is a satire article …… but it is funny because it is true …… but these are real ……….

        Australian Football League allows trans man to play with women

        Trans female jacked on testosterone dominates girl’s high school wrestling

        Elementary school principal comes out as trans, announces he will begin dressing as woman

        SMH …… the world continues to fall at an ever faster rate …………….

  • Elca

    I have no doubt that soon these Churches( including Churches that Ordained women as Pastors) will Rip out those Scriptures in the Bible that speaks against her desires to be and do what she is forbidden from doing and would ban the mention of the Apostle Paul and his teachings.
    Coming soon to a Church near you…

    • LynnRH

      “Coming soon to a Church near you….”

      Ain’t that the truth! Well I know it’s heartbreaking to us true Christians to see all of these things happening around us BUT we have to get a grip and remember God tells us these things are going to happen in the end times. So it shouldn’t surprise us any. Just remember that God is in control and He WILL have His way. He WILL have the final say-so.

  • WesTexan

    This is the Great Whore mentioned in Revelations.

  • CervvantesEsq

    When we allow culture to be our guide instead of the plain Word of Scripture the devil always has a foot in the door.

    • LynnRH

      Absolutely! Culture (especially these days) WILL NEVER be my guide. God’s Holy Word will forever be my guide.

  • Romans 1:28-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

  • Lydia Church

    The so called ‘church’ has fallen down the bottomless pit of depravity…. and is in freefall mode!
    O ye sinners; repent!

  • Chet

    My, how utterly stupid and a waste of congregational time. Why not go all the way and change one’s name to Mary Magdalene or one of the OT prophets or better yet, Queen of Sheba, even……

  • Scott Peters

    1 Tim.2:11,12. 1 Cor.5:5.

    • robert boe

      Paul is judging no one in 1 Tim 2:11:12 he is instructing people about worship . That pastor should be a man. Hes not going around pointing fingers at other church’s women pastors.

  • robert boe

    I belong to a wels Lutheran church . Tell me what Business of mine is it to be Judging people outside the church’s that are not in fellowship with us.. St Paul tells me its not my business. God knows how many chromosomes he gave these people . I honestly don’t. For all I know. They may be even unbelievers . And if so Paul warns me they are not my business to Judge. 1 Corinthians 5 :12

  • robert boe

    Its a slippery slope and a very heavy yoke to be Judging people who are not members of your very own church bodies. For many reasons here is a few. How are you going to do what God says if you Judge them guilty how exactly do you plan to x communicate them from that church body that’s not yours ? Exactly why didn’t you x communicate Billy Graham for dumb things he said and never repented of ? It a very light yoke because Jesus carries it for us if you let him judge those out side your church fellowship. 1 Corinthians 5:12