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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David Freedman
VP Finance

David started working for the Adventist Church 1982 as a pastor for the New Jersey Conference and then the Nevada/Utah Conference through 1988. He transitioned to Treasury work in the New Jersey Conference in 1988 as an Accountant and Assistant Treasurer until 1991. He accepted a call to the Alaska Conference where he served as Secretary Treasurer from 1991 - 1997. From 1997 - 2002 he was the VP of Finance for the Illinois Conference. Then from 2002 - 2011 he was the VP of Finance for the Texaco Conference. He joined the Oregon Conference in 2011 as our VP of Finance.

David received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Rutgers University and his MDiv from Andrews University. He has been married to his wife Anne for over 30 years. Together they have three children and two grandchildren.

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.


Debby Delaney
Executive Assistant-Administration