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The Rev. Brad Braxton
updated 7/1/2009 1:59:32 PM ET 2009-07-01T17:59:32

The pastor of New York City's Riverside Church is resigning after only two months in the job.

The Rev. Brad Braxton notified the church's board of his decision Monday night.

He had been criticized for his $457,000-plus salary package, which included a $250,000 annual salary and $11,500 living allowance. The package was approved by church members.

Earlier reports indicated that it totaled $600,000, but the president of the church's council told the New York Times that the actual figure was $457,000.

Dissidents unsuccessfully tried to block his installation by going to court. They charged the package strained the church's budget.

The cathedral on Manhattan's Upper West Side was built by John D. Rockefeller.

A church spokeswoman said Braxton's "end date will be determined after further discussion with church leadership."

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