Eugene was born in Greenville, Ohio, February 24, 1923 to Gerald and Ruth DeWeese Lenker. He married Hannah Withersgrew, December, 21, 1944. After graduating from Manchester College and Bethany Seminary, he was licensed and ordained at the Pleasant Valley Church in Southern Ohio. He received his Eldership from the Snow Creek Church in the Virginia District where he served as District Moderator. He was the first Pastor in starting the Rocky Mt. Virginia Church. Eugene and Hannah served Pleasant View from 1979-1983. They are the parents of six sons and 17 grandchildren.