Dan Linrud joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on December 19, 2016.
Linrud was born and raised in Northwest Washington State. 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, Linrud 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, Linrud 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 Linrud earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009 Lindrud was called to serve as Executive Secretary (VP for Administration) for the Ontario Conference. And in 2013 Linrud accepted the invitation to return to the Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference.
Family is dear to Linrud and he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food and fellowship.
Linrud'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."