South Church (Parish)

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South Parish Church is the oldest church in Andover. It was organized as "Church of Andover," on October 24, 1645.

Oldest Tombstone Inscription The oldest gravestone inscription is that of Mrs. Ann Blanchard, wife of Jonathan Blanchard, who died on February 29, 1710.

Rev. John Zehring became the 17th pastor at South Church in 2009, replacing Rev. Cal Mutti who served for 18 years.

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  • "After 5-year process, South Church vote allows same-sex marriages," Andover Townsman, February 12, 2004.
  • "New parking plan may pave way for approval," Andover Townsman, June 24, 2004.
  • "Expanding in faith: South addition latest for town," Andover Townsman, July 15, 2004, p. 1.
  • "New Parish Center dedication this Sunday at South Church," Andover Townsman, October 13, 2005.
  • "New life for old burial ground," Eagle Tribune, February 10, 2006.
  • "Farmer turned pastor on his way to retirement," Eagle Tribune, September 1, 2007, p. 5.
  • "South Church senior pastor retires," Andover Townsman, September 13, 2007, p.1.
  • "Groundbreaking interim leader for South Church: Stedman church's first female and openly gay senior pastor," Andover Townsman, October 11, 2007, p. 12.
  • "Zehring becomes 17th Pastor at South Church," Eagle Tribune, August 1, 2009, p. 5.
  • "South Church holds its 10th annual Day of Service Nov. 7," Andover Townsman, October 15, 2009.
  • "Andover's South Church Celebrates 300th Year: Reverend Will Dress in 1711 Clothing Sunday, Some Will Arrive in Horse-Drawn Carriage," Eagle Tribune, October 7, 2011, p.3.
  • "Praying Like It's 1711: South Church to Celebrate its 300th with Historic Service," Andover Townsman, October 13, 2011, p.1, 5.
  • "Andover, Methuen UCC Churches Welcome Female Leaders," Eagle Tribune, October 29, 2011, p.5.

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