New pastor takes over church

WARREN — The Rev. Eugene A. Koene has been named the new pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Warren.

A Mass of installation was held June 2 with the Rev. Julianne Smith, director of Evangelical Mission Northeastern Ohio Snyod, presiding.

Koene graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., with a year of parish internship served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Tremont, Bronx, New York. He was ordained in 1971 at his home church in Wisconsin.

Koene served congregations of Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Holy Comforter in St. Louis, St. Philip in Toledo and Risen Christ in Brooklyn, New York, before serving from 2002 to 2006 as house chaplain at Seaferers and International House, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America agency in New York.

Koene was approved for clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by Metropolitan New York Synod and served as pastor of St, Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bronx, New York.

When the ministry was brought to a close, he received a call from Northeastern Ohio Synod. In 2012, Koene became associate pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, in a team ministry serving four congregations on a rotating basis of Emmanuel in Warren, Messiah Lutheran in Newton Falls, St. Mark Lutheran in Warren and Trinity Lutheran in Niles.

When the ministry partnership dissolved in 2014, Koene remained with Messiah and St. Mark as a reconstituted Hope Lutheran Parish.