An Illinois pastor is breaking new theological ground with an unorthodox baptism - one that few will never forget.
After a four month delay, Rev. Derek Rogers of the Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora finally baptized 7-month-old Jackson Walters last Sunday during a socially-distant ceremony held in the parking lot of the Aurora Christian School, while surrounded by family.
To remain socially distant, Rev. Rogers applied the holy water with a squirt gun.
Rev. Rogers said the squirt gun baptism has been an ongoing joke in religious circles.
"The dad wanted to go with a Super Soaker, but I think mom made him compromise. So it was just a little two or three inch squirt gun. A baby toy from the bathtub," Rev. Rogers said.
Rev. Rogers said he was glad he was able to provide a fun memory during a tough time, but he is not sure if he will be known as the "squirt gun pastor."
"I guess I hadn't thought about it that way. We'll just have to see. But I would say that anyone who wants to get baptized by squirt gun, they can come to me," Rev. Rogers said.