Meet the Administration Department

Dan Linrud

Pastor Dan Linrud was born and raised in Northwest Washington State.  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 college sweetheart, Verlaine Corkum. Upon completion of his Bachelor degree, Pastor Dan was hired by the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference in Canada and sponsored to Seminary to 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, Pastor Dan 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. In 2005 Pastor Dan earned a Doctor of Ministry in with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009 Pastor Dan was called to serve as Executive Secretary (VP for Administration) for the Ontario Conference. And in 2013 Pastor Dan accepted the invitation to return to the Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference.

Family is dear to Pastor Dan and he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food and fellowship.

Pastor Dan's personal mission statement is:  "To engage in 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."

Dave Allen
VP Administration

Dave served as the Senior Pastor at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland before accepting the position at the Oregon Conference headquarters. Prior to his ministry with Sunnyside, Dave served as President of Helderberg College, an Adventist institution in Somerset West, South Africa. Before his academic leadership, Dave served as President of the Cape Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for three years, and held a number of leadership roles within that conference.

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Brian  Gosney
VP Finance

Gale Crosby
VP of Education

Dick Duerksen
Assistant to the President

Erin Brunese
Executive Assistant-Administration

Erin was born in Hawaii and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1976. She has an older brother and parents who live in Vancouver. She's been a member at Sunnyside Church since 1992. In her spare time, she enjoys quality retail therapy.


Executive Assistant-Administration