The Rev. Joseph Congemi is the new pastor of Paradise Lutheran Church, 3689 W. Western Reserve Road.
The Rev. Mr. Congemi earned a master of divinity degree with a minor in counseling at Grace Theological Seminary, Gary, N.C. He has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, an associate degree in religious arts in Biblical studies and associate of pastoral theology.
He previously served as a pastor/ counselor at St. Paul’s Church in Huntington, Ind.; Heartland Christian School and the Way Station, both in Columbiana; and Trinity Fellowship in Boardman.
Pastor Congemi also is a ministry chaplain for MVI Hospice.
His wife, Jennifer Congemi, is a teacher at Heartland Christian School and they have three children. They live in Columbiana, where he provides ministry at New Creation Fellowship.
He is involved in coaching Little League soccer, basketball and football, flag football, high school football and girl’s basketball.
Paradise Lutheran Church is an independent ministry with 9:30 a.m. Sunday services.