DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ A choir member who shot his pastor to death in church after a Bible class on the afterlife was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

``You killed the messenger, but the message will go on,'' the Rev. Andrew Lofton's daughter, Candace Henry, told Kenneth Nance. ``The devil did not win this round.''

Nance, 59, pleaded guilty to murdering Lofton, 65, at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church in suburban Trotwood last September.

Nance sat quietly during the Bible class while Lofton explained the Book of Revelation and urged his students to prepare for the afterlife. After class, Nance pulled a gun and shot the pastor several times.

Police have said the shooting may have been prompted by unspecified religious differences between the two men.