Pastor Conducts Socially Distant Baptism With Squirt Gun

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

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.

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