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Tennessee lawyer elected to head Presbyterian body

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The Presbyterian Church in America, a staunchly conservative denomination based in Atlanta, has elected as its new moderator the president of a Tennessee law firm that specializes in aquisitions of businesses.

Elected Monday by delegates to the denomination's General Assembly in Columbia, S.C., was G. Richard Hostetter, a ruling elder of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

Hostetter, who was the only candidate, has organized new churches and done public evangelism work in the Ukraine and plans to take up that work again during a two-week period in August. He is president and general counsel of Whitfield, Mills, Ragland & Hostetter, Inc., in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Presbyterian Church in America, with a membership of 190,000, is the nation's second-largest Presbyterian body, after the more liberal, 2.9- million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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