Bishop Mike Coyner announces that the Rev. Dr. Doug Anderson, currently part-time interim superintendent of the Michiana District of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, has been hired as a part-time Associate Director of Church Development for the Indiana Conference, effective Jan. 1 when his term expires as a superintendent.

Anderson also serves as executive director of the Bishop Rueben Job Center for Leadership Development at Dakota Wesleyan University. He has led a variety of practical church seminars and consultations for over 20 years. He is a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Upper Room and is co-author with Bishop Mike Coyner of The Race to Reach Out, published by Abingdon Press in 2004.

The Rev. Mark Gough, conference director of Church Development, recently accepted the resignation of the Rev. Stephen R. Seitz of Jasper, Ind., as a half-time associate director of church development. Seitz expressed his desire to return to pastoral ministry.