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Rev. Proulx to leave post.

Byline: Maggie Whitney

ASHBURNHAM - Pastor Dale Proulx has decided to leave his Ashburnham Community Church congregation to pursue a master's degree in counseling at Fitchburg State College.

Rev. Proulx said it was ironic the Montachusett T&G interview was occurring on the same date he was hired 13 years ago. The church search committee vote was 57 - 0 in favor of his hire.

"Sort of my favorite part of being a pastor is the loving and caring for people. So I will be doing that more exclusively as a counselor," said Rev. Proulx. He explained that when he became a pastor at age 25, counseling was a close second to the profession and now he would experience both of his career choices.

He stated that it was a big decision to make the change because he was committed to the church as a long-term pastor but he had been toying with the idea to leave a year ago. Although he did not want to leave, he realized it was time to finish and move on.

"It has been long and good, but it had become obvious to me that the height and level of energy that I put into it full time was diminishing," he explained.

Rev. Proulx is the second-longest serving pastor in the history of the church. The longest was Rev. John Cushing who served for 54-1/2 years from 1768 to 1823.

"People in the church and community have been very gracious and that is the greatest gift anyone could give me," he said.

Rev. Proulx and his wife, Christine, and their three children, Elizabeth, Joshua and Aurora, now reside in Westminster.

On June 22 at 5 p.m. at the Ashburnham Community Church,, a potluck cookout will be held to honor the Proulx family.
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Date:Jun 17, 2007
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