First United Methodist Church Orange will welcome a new pastor appointment, the Rev. John E. Warren, at services on June 12, according to an announcement from Sarah Boehme, Chairperson of the Church Council.

Rev. John Warren will lead the service and deliver the sermon at all three Sunday services at 8:15, 8:55 and 11 a.m. He comes to FUMC Orange from Rockdale, Texas. He has served in Rockdale for the past nine years.

John grew up as a Methodist and is a graduate of Galena Park High School in the Houston area. He attended San Jacinto Jr. College and the University of Houston. For two and a half years he worked in advertising art for a department store chain. After receiving the call to enter the ministry he returned to college and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and went on the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia graduating in 1986.

The Rev. James Thompson, a past Pastor of FUMC Orange, was his first District Superintendent. Rev. Warren previously served churches in Caldwell, Carthage, Houston, and Jewett.

John and the churches he has served have been honored over the years. In 1988 he was nominated by the Progressive Farmer Magazine as Pastor of the Year. His church was awarded The Church and Society Award by the Annual conference. Among many other awards he has received was the Small Membership Church of the Year by the Annual Conference.

John has many interesting hobbies including tubing, kayaking and sports car rallies, but most recently he enjoys spending time with his bride of five months, Sandra Valverde Warren. Sandra grew up in Houston and is a 1987 graduate of the University of Houston. She has been a legal assistant for the law firm of Simmons and Fletcher for the past twelve years. John and Sandra were married in Houston at Fair Haven United Methodist Church this past December.

“John brings a wealth of experience to the church and the membership looks forward to having him and Sandra as a part of the church family,” said Sarah Boehme.

First United Methodist is one of Orange’s oldest churches located on North Sixth Street in down town Orange. The church has properties in addition to the main sanctuary constructed in 1921 that include an educational building, the Slade Memorial Chapel, Malloy Spiritual Enrichment Center, and the newest property, the Praise Center. Three services are held each Sunday as well as many other programs and ministries.

For more information call 409-886-7466 or check the church’s web site at