That minister, James DeLange, became the pastor at St Francis in 1981.
Soon after Pr.
...James DeLange, Senior Pastor 1981-1999
To everyone's surprise, particularly Pastor DeLange's
, the book also became a money-maker for the church.
Most importantly in the years from 1990 to 1999, St. Francis
gained a surge of new members, including more lesbians, and more straight people.At one point, there were four newborn babies and their moms in the church, perhaps more infants than the church had seen since the 1950s.In 1982, Pastor DeLange had urged the congregation to establish The St. Francis Foundation, a separate endowment fund to receive bequests and other gifts.
By 1999, the endowment had grown to over $750,000 and the annual income was providing $20,000 in annual support to the mission and ministry of St. Francis
and a like amount in grants to community, national and international projects.Financially and personally, commitment to the mission and ministry of St. Francis Lutheran Church