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First openly transgender Lutheran bishop to visit Nevada congregations


Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, the first openly transgender Bishop ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is visiting six Nevada congregations through Aug. 4 on their first visit as Bishop to Nevada.

Rohrer is a pastor, author and advocate for marginalized communities. They will be connecting with faith leaders and congregation members during their time in Nevada to learn more about the lives and mission history of Lutherans in the area.

Rohrer is the Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, which includes a community of churches spanning across northern California and into Nevada.

Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer gives a sermon. Image: Makayla Rohrer.

“At the beginning of my service as Bishop, I am visiting the first major cities West of Utah in order to celebrate the rich history of Lutherans in Nevada,” Rohrer said. “While my professional ministry has primarily been in urban areas, growing up in South Dakota, I care very deeply about congregations in rural and remote spaces. I hope that my time with congregations from Reno to Elko will help me be a better advocate for these important ministries.” 

Rohrer was ordained in 2006. In 2010, they were one of the first seven pastors received into the ELCA after the church changed its policies concerning LGBTQ+ pastors to serve openly. On May 8, 2021, they were elected as the first openly transgender Bishop in a mainline Christian denomination.

Rohrer is a filmmaker, musician and historian and has been featured on the show Queer Eye and in Cosmo and People magazine. They were also in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Listed in the Trans100, Rohrer’s exhibit on transgender mentoring from 1976-2009 in San Francisco was displayed at the GLBT Historical Society and won OutHistory’s Since Stonewall Local History Competition. They also won international awards for the Trans themed documentary Zanderology and was a finalist in transgender non-fiction for the Lambda Literary Award.

Rohrer lives near Golden Gate Park with their wife Laurel, two children and two cats.

Jeri Chadwell
Jeri Chadwellhttp://thisisreno.com
Jeri Chadwell came to Reno from rural Nevada in 2004 to study anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2012, she returned to the university for a master’s degree in journalism. She is the former associate and news editor of the Reno News & Review and is a recipient of first-place Nevada Press Association awards for investigative and business reporting. Jeri is passionate about Nevada’s history, politics and communities.