Rev. Harry Schenkel grew up on the south shore of Long Island and graduated from Long Island Lutheran High School in 1987. While at LuHi, Pastor Schenkel first felt God’s call towards the Holy Ministry. Upon graduation, Pastor Schenkel attended Concordia College, Bronxville, NY (’91) and then Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (’95). His internship and first call to the Ministry of the Lutheran Church was on the north fork of Long Island at Our Redeemer, Aquebogue. In late 1996, Pastor Schenkel was called to St John’s, Sayville, NY where he served as pastor and director of the preschool for nearly 12 years. In 2009, Pastor Schenkel began making the transition from the LC-MS to the ELCA. He served for three years at Our Saviour, Jamaica, NY. In January 2012, he served as the term-call pastor at Transfiguration in Harlem, NY. After six months serving at Transfiguration, Pastor Schenkel was once again led in a different direction. With God’s grace and in a turn of events that only our Creator could work, on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, Pastor Schenkel was called to be the pastor of St Paul’s, East Northport, NY and assist with the ministry of Long Island Lutheran Day School (LuDay).
Pastor Schenkel sits on the Executive Committee of the Synod Council of the Metro New York Synod of the ELCA. In his free time, Harry enjoys spending time with his family, reading, camping, traveling, and exercising. He is married to Lisa, who manages a group home for the mentally disabled at FREE (Family Residences and Essential Enterprises). The Schenkel’s now reside in Commack, NY. Together, Pastor and Lisa have four adult children – Harrison, Samantha, Mackenzie, and Hunter – and their German Shepherd, Luke (named after Star Wars, not the Gospel).