Religion: Call

The biggest Presbyterian church in the world (First Church, Seattle, 6,920 members) last week ended a 17-month battle over who should succeed the late, beloved, arch-Fundamentalist Dr. Mark A. Matthews (6 ft. 5 in. "Tall Cedar of the Sierras") as its pastor. Called by a vote of 349-to-83 (one-sixteenth of the congregation) was eloquent, diplomatic, athletic Dr. F. Paul McConkey of Detroit. During the 17-month squabble, the parish lost seven of its 26 branch churches, 1,100 members.


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