INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Doug Anderson to serve as the Transitional Senior Pastor of Sonrise United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, effective July 1. The title “Transitional Senior Pastor” reflects a unique design for providing senior leadership for the Sonrise UMC in its three campuses for the next two to three years, following the death this past November of founding pastor, the Rev. Dr. Stan Buck.
Anderson, who will officially retire June 30 from serving as the Interim Director of Church Development for the Indiana Conference. He previously served congregations in Plymouth, Wakarusa, Elkhart and Auburn, as well as serving as Superintendent of the Muncie District and later as interim Superintendent of the Michiana District. He has served as an interim pastor in transitional situations and is a well-known church consultant from his work as Director of the Bishop Rueben Job Center for Leadership Development at Dakota Wesleyan University. Anderson was the District Superintendent who guided Pastor Scott Greene, campus pastor for the main campus of Sonrise, into ministry.
This decision, reached after lengthy consultation with the lay leadership and staff of Sonrise, means that Anderson will help the church transition toward its next Senior Pastor, while maintaining and directing the current staff including the “campus pastors” at the church’s three sites.
In announcing this appointment, Coyner stated, “It became clear that God was guiding our process and bringing together the right transitional leader with a congregation which is ready to transition to its next steps of ministry. I believe that Doug Anderson, who was a close friend of Stan Buck, also will help Sonrise Church to fulfill Stan’s dreams and plans for future staffing configurations. I am grateful to Doug for his willingness and enthusiasm to help us try this innovative model, and I am delighted that the current staff will continue to work with him as a team of leaders for one of most vital congregations in Indiana.”