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Pastor of NH city's oldest church resigns

November 4, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—The pastor at the oldest church in Concord, N.H., is resigning, less than six months after surviving a vote on whether to remove him.

The Rev. David Keller has led the First Congregational Church since 2000. His last day is Dec. 8.

Keller told the Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/uhSN0s) that some people feel very strongly that the church will not thrive as long as he's there. He said his resignation letter was mailed to the congregation Thursday. He has started looking for another parish ministry.

Louise Parenteau, president of the church's cabinet, says temporary pastors will be provided by the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ as the church forms a committee to search for an interim pastor.

Keller started the church's cold-weather shelter in 2004.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.cmonitor.com