INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced April 19 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 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.
In the meantime, the Indiana Conference is in the process of interviewing candidates for the permanent position of Director of Church Development and plans to have that person in place by July 1.