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Controversial Cleric Fired From SF’s Oldest Black Church

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A reverend who transferred last year from a Los Angeles church to San Francisco’s oldest black church during a controversy involving a federal tax investigation and other issues has been fired.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Rev. John Hunter was fired Friday from San Francisco’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The newspaper says Bishop Larry Kirkland wrote a letter to Hunter dated Friday telling him, in part, to “have no further contact with that congregation in an official capacity.”

The firing of the 55-year-old Hunter comes after he had been transferred in October to San Francisco after eight years at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Los Angeles.

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