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Church welcomes interim minister

February 2, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The Austintown Community Evangelical Covenant Church welcomes the

Rev. Walter Coy and his family as its new intentional interim minister. Rev. Coy was voted in on Dec. 11, 2011 and began serving the congregation on Dec. 16, and comes to ACC with 27 years in the ministry and many valuable life experiences.

Rev. Coy graduated from Youngstown State University with an associate degree in police science and a bachelor's degree in religious studies. He earned a master of divinity degree with specifications in pastoral psychology and counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. He was ordained in 1989 and has served at many churches in eastern Ohio and northeastern Indiana.

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The elders and deacons of Austintown Communty Evangelical Covenant Church, along with the congregation, pray for the Rev. Walter Coy with the Laying of Hands to welcome him to the church. Pictured are Brad Bloomster, director of ministries; Michell Corll, John Palmer, David Millne, Bo Watson, and Ron Borngessner along with the Rev. Coy.

Rev. Coy has conflict management training and clinical pastoral education having one unit at the Akron General Hospital. He received his interim training in Baltimore and has served as assistant chaplain at the Trumbull Correctional Institute in Leavittsburg, and helped set up and open the Religious Department and programming at the Lake Erie Correctional Institute in Conneaut, while serving as their head chaplain.

Rev. Coy has served on the executive board of the Ohio conference and the Western Reserve Association of the United Church of Christ and has served as a mental health therapist for five years in Mahoning County.

Rev. Coy and his wife Joyce, reside in Poland, = and have two sons and one

daughter and two grandsons. Their son Bryan and his wife, Heather along with their son Kayden live in Macedonia, and were expecting their second son at the end of January. Their daughter Amanda and her husband Brian, along with their son Colin, reside in Austintown. Their youngest son Alan is in his third year at Youngstown State University and resides with his parents. Joyce Coy is employed by the Roholt Vision Institute.

The Rev. Coy said, "My family and I are excited about being here at Austintown Community Church and looking forward to celebrating the love and joy that being a part of this church offers."



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