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Nadia Bolz-Weber Steps Down from Pastorate: Replaced by Gay Man Married to Drag Queen


Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber retired from her pastorate at the House for All Sinners and Saints (ELCA) and was replaced by a gay Episcopal man who is married to a drag queen who goes by the name “Fruit Bomb.” This is not satire.

Reagan Humber, the new ‘pastor’ of HFASS

Bolz-Weber is the giant Amazon-esque, tattoo-graffiti’d, potty-mouthed impastor who has referred to herself as a “dyke” (she is married to a man, however). She is growing in popularity among the pagan world (who she refers to as a “secular” audience) and has successfully used her ordination credentials with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to bolster herself as a spokesman for a new kind of Christianity that is more or less divorced from any concept of Christian holiness.

Bolz-Weber announced recently that she is leaving House for All Sinners and Saints (they use the acronym HFASS and pronounce it “half-a$$”) to become a “theologian at large.” Her speaking engagements throughout the country are simply too numerous to allow her time to ‘pastor’ the church. She had previously become part-time and has now stepped away from the pastorate altogether in order to pursue her speaking engagements. Pulpit & Pen has reported on the impastor most recently for saying that she wanted to melt down purity rings and use the gold to make a vagina statue for women’s rights, and have also covered her other various antics over the years.

Religion News Service first covered her departure from the pastorate. They wrote:

In mid-June, Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran and now one of the best-known mainline Protestant preachers in the country, announced she would be leaving to explore life as a full-time “public theologian.”

“This church is the great love of my life, and always will be,” she said in a farewell speech during the service.

Bolz-Weber said she had decided to step away only recently and still can’t entirely explain what made her feel like it was the right time. She reached a point, she said, where “the church still loves me, but I don’t think the church still needs me.”

However, it’s not been widely reported as to who is replacing Bolz-Weber at HFASS. Her replacement is the Rev. Reagan Humber, who is not Lutheran, but Episcopal. Apparently doctrine doesn’t matter much at HFASS, but we think you already knew that. Humber came to HFASS from St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. He is “married” to a man who pretends to be a woman and is a “drag queen.” His partner’s drag name is “Fruit Bomb.” You can see a video of his act below (or don’t, because you might need eye bleach and **warning** there’s a dude in tights that are kinda…tight).


The basic appeal of HFASS seems essentially to be attracting as many gratuitously lost people into the building as possible, particularly those with such overt signs of reprobation that they would never be accepted by a Biblical church without clear penitence, who still like the thought of religion and community.

The new ‘pastor’ said:

 Sure, we’re going to screw some things up. But when we screw things up and then still come back the next week, that’s where the grace happens. That’s when church gets real and the dead are raised.

One wonders how, if the Gospel preached at House for All Sinners and Saints can’t make a gay man straight and keep him out of a dress, it can really have the power to “raise the dead.”

Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9b-11).