INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner announced Jan. 22 the appointment of the Rev. Brian Durand, Indiana Conference Associate Director of Leadership Development, to lead pastor of Clay United Methodist Church in South Bend effective July 1.
He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri (1994) and Masters of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (2005). He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis teaching classes in Christian vocation. Brian and his wife, Cheryl, will be relocating to the Michiana area from Indianapolis area with their son Noah (age 8) and daughter Ella (age 5).
The current lead pastor at Clay Church, the Rev. Herb Buwalda, Jr., plans to retire July 1.