Dan Linrud was born and raised in Northwest Washington state. At a young age, he sensed God's call to pastoral ministry. 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, Dan 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, Dan transferred to the Washington Conference where he served as a pastor from 1988–1998 in the greater Seattle area.
In 1998, 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 Dan earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009 Dan was called to serve as Executive Secretary for the Ontario Conference. And in 2013 Dan accepted the invitation to return to the Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference.
Family is dear to Dan and he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food and fellowship.
Dan'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."