Denny Hecker's pastor, Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren, defends phoned-in wedding

Worthy of marriage, pastor says.
Worthy of marriage, pastor says.

What would Jesus have done with Denny Hecker and Christi Rowan?

Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren figures he would have let the bankrupt and jailed former auto magnate get married to his girlfriend, who is also facing time behind bars.

On Sunday, he used his pulpit at Lord of Life Church in Maple Grove to defend officiating the unusual wedding, which took place Feb. 22.

Hecker phoned in his vows from the Sherburne County jail as Rowan stood with Geisendorfer-Lindgren at the church, and her child's nanny acted as witness.

"Much to my dismay, I received my 15 minutes of fame" for that performance, he told his flock. "I did it because I don't think Jesus wants us to eat only with those who are worthy of our invitation."

Hecker will get no legal advantage from the marriage, Geisendorfer-Lindgren said, as a KARE-11 church member recorded the sermon.

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