Edgerton Congregational United Church of Christ has called the Rev. Lora Whitten as its pastor. A lifelong Christian, Whitten came out as a lesbian in 1998 and graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri in 2008, according to the Janesville Gazette.
United Church of Christ congregations have a long history of accepting LGBT people as candidates for ministry. As early as 1973, the denomination's executive council encouraged congregations not to disqualify ministerial candidates solely on the basis of sexual orientation.