10/17/2012 11:51 am ET

'ChristIsKing': NYC Judge Rules Couple Cannot Change Their Last Name

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge has told a Staten Island pastor and his wife that they cannot take the Lord's name in vain.

Civil Court Judge Philip Straniere has ruled that the couple could not change their last name to ChristIsKing.

Michael and Angela Nwadiuko expressed disappointment in the ruling.

The judge cited the separation of church and state in his ruling earlier this month.

The couple's request six years ago to change their son Jeremy's first name to JesusIsLord also was denied by the same judge.

Their daughter's name is Rejoice.

Nwadiuko is a pastor of Christ the Lord Evangelistic Association. He told the Daily News he holds no grudge against the judge despite the ruling. He said he prays "that God will bless his life."