Gladstone, Oregon - December 19, 2016 – The Oregon Conference Nominating Committee, under the spiritual leadership of North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) President John Freedman, after spending time in prayer and thoughtful consideration, voted to invite Dan Linrud to serve as President of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Pastor Dan Linrud was born and raised in northwest Washington. At a young age, he sensed God's call to pastoral ministry. He attended Canadian Union College (now Burman University) where he earned a Bachelor of Theology. During this time, he met and married his sweetheart, Verlaine Corkum. Upon completion of his bachelor degree, Pastor Dan was hired by Canada’s Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference which sponsored him to attend seminary and earn his Master of Divinity at Andrews University. While at seminary, Pastor Dan transferred to the Washington Conference where he served as a pastor from 1988-1998 in the greater Seattle area. In 1998, he accepted a call to serve in the Ontario Conference in Canada, first as lead pastor of a large church, and then as founding pastor of a new church-plant based on small groups, that God blessed with growth from 16 to nearly 200 members. In 2005, Pastor Dan earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009, he was called to serve as Executive Secretary (VP for Administration) for the Ontario Conference, and in 2013, he accepted the invitation to return to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference.
Family is dear to Pastor Dan; he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food, and fellowship.
His personal mission statement is, "To engage in an authentic relationship with God and others, that I may know, love, and serve Him and them, helping others reach their highest potential in Christ for His glory."
Linrud will transition, effective immediately, from his current position as Assistant to the President to Oregon Conference President.
He thanked the committee for their invitation with the following statement.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve. It is truly humbling and sobering. No human deserves to lead in God's Church. We have one Leader—Jesus Christ—and we all are blessed to be called to our respective roles as Members in Ministry.
It's a great joy to serve with our exceptional Oregon Conference team of administrators, directors, staff, pastors, educators, committee members, and members.
This is a very special conference that God has blessed with remarkably gifted and committed people.
Just as God has faithfully led this conference throughout its history, I'm confident in God's leading as we go forward to advance His kingdom, preparing for Jesus' coming. The presence and power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit can accomplish more than we can imagine.
As we join our prayers, gifts, and efforts Together as One, Jesus is lifted up and God is glorified!
And that is what matters most. Because this thing called ‘Church’—It's All About Jesus!”