Sarah McKenzie

Q & A with Rodney E. Wilmoth

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Rodney E. Wilmoth, the senior pastor at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Loring Park, will retire this month after 10 years of service. Wilmoth, 67, a native of Nebraska, has plans to move to Tucson after delivering a final sermon Sunday, Feb. 22. Wilmoth said he was drawn to the church because of its progressive reputation and commitment to social justice. Hennepin Avenue United was the first Methodist Church in the country to become racially integrated when it opened its doors in 1957 to black members. In 1993, the church reached out to the gay and lesbian community.

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