"Everybody there was not on the same page on this issue," the new pastor, Lowell Michelson, said in an interview.
wife was in the sanctuary where Pastor Michelson
, beating a darbuka drum, was midway through an African song called "Celebrate the Journey!"
heard a sharp noise but thought it was probably a child dropping a hymnal.
heard someone say a gunman - later identified by the police as Mr. Roeder - had fled.
Outside, Pastor Michelson
greeted families with hugs.
"There was no way I was going to hide inside," he
sermon, Pastor Michelson
openly acknowledged his
"Our sanctuary has been violated," he
congregation to rise above fear and anger, and took note of the supportive letters and e-mail messages from churches all over the country.
Only later, during an interview, did he
mention all the hate mail.