On Jan. 28, 2024, Elder Dean Coridan, president of the Iowa-Missouri Conference, announced his intention to retire as of June 30, 2024.
For almost 38 years, Elder Coridan has dedicated his life to ministry as a pastor and leader within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Iowa and Missouri, with 18 of those as the president of the conference.
His letter to the members of the conference is below:
Dear Iowa-Missouri Conference Family—
With a peaceful and grateful heart, I announced to our Conference Executive Committee on Jan. 28 that I will be retiring from the conference presidency, effective June 30, 2024. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as president since 2006.
As some may recall, Gail and I first moved to this conference with our three daughters, Mary, Elisabeth and Charity, in September 1986 to commence pastoral ministry. Every decade since has brought new mercies and miracles of divine grace: new members to our personal and conference families, new ministries within the conference, and new missionary endeavors beyond it. Receiving the call to come across the Mississippi River to join the work in Iowa-Missouri has surely brought constant rejoicing to our lives. Thank You, Jesus, for the wisdom You gave us in Prov. 3:5, 6 and Zech. 4:6.
Thank you so much for opening your hearts and lives, your homes, churches and schools, to our efforts to serve you in our ministry journey. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew. 5:9. We will appreciate your continuing, fervent prayers so much.
In brotherly love,
The Iowa-Missouri Conference team expresses their gratitude to Dean and his wife, Gail, his partner in ministry. We wish you to join us as we pray for God’s blessing on the Coridan family.
The Mid-American Union Conference president Gary Thurber will lead the Iowa-Missouri Conference Executive Committee in electing the next president. Please keep this process in your prayers.