Sally Azar has become the first female Palestinian pastor in the Holy Land after she was ordained in a Lutheran Church ceremony in Jerusalem.

Azar will head the English-speaking congregation at the Church of the Redeemer, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) said.

Her ordination on Sunday was held before a packed crowd inside the church in occupied east Jerusalem’s Old City.

In 2018, Azar graduated from the Near East School of Theology in Lebanon before heading to Germany where she studied Intercultural Theology at the University of Gottingen.

“The rite of ordination is an honour. The chance to be ordained as a woman in my church is an added honour.

I am happy to be a part of history and gender equity in my church. It is exciting, but there is some uncertainty, as well.

I do not expect this to be an easy road,” Azar told The Lutheran World Federation last week ahead of her ordination.