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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has resigned his post Monday, citing a difference in philosophy over which issues the conservative Christian organization should embrace.

Rev. Joel C. Hunter, currently the senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Florida, was to assume the presidency in January. But Hunter said CCA leaders resisted his calls to expand their issue base.

“I wanted to expand the issues from only moral ones — such as opposing abortion and redefining marriage — to include compassion issues such as poverty, justice, and creation care,” Hunter said in a statement. ‘We need to care as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb.”

Hunter also said he wanted to focus on rebuilding the CCA’s once powerful grassroots network — an appeal he says board members rejected.

“After initial willingness to consider these changes, the board of the CCA decided, ‘that is fine, but that is not who we are,'” Hunter said.

— CNN’s Alexander Mooney and Scott Anderson

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