Married pastors set firsts for Lafayette church


A northern Indiana couple has brought a series of firsts to the Lafayette church where they're now serving as pastors.

Mark and Ashley Bonnes are the first husband and wife pastor team for the Lafayette Christian Reformed Church and also the church's first lead pastor duo.

On top of that, Ashley is also the church's first female pastor and the first woman ordained a pastor within the Illiana Classis. That's the denomination's local governing body.

The Journal & Courier reports that the couple met while studying at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich. They married in April.

Out of 60 prospective pastors, the newlywed couple where the ones who won over the congregation.

Information from: Journal and Courier 

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