Christina Coston, a graduate of Southern Adventist University, has accepted the invitation of the Iowa-Missouri Conference to serve as communication director. Coston, who holds degrees in Communication Studies and International Studies Spanish emphasis, began her work in mid June. She steps into the position vacated by Randy Harmdierks, who has taken a job in Minnesota.

“I’m pleased to join the Iowa-Missouri Conference team in spreading the love of Jesus,” said Coston. “I look forward to sharing stories of individuals, schools, churches and the conference. I believe storytelling is a powerful tool that can truly impact people.”

Coston worked with Southern University’s student newspaper for a year, editing over 300 articles that were published in print and online. In addition, she has seven years of general office experience and also managed social media accounts for a year.

During the past year, Coston conducted primary research on how students at Southern Adventist University felt about the inclusion of the word Adventist in the university’s name. She presented her findings at Campus Research Day and won first place for the humanities category. She also received a Scholarly Achievement Award from Southern’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2020 and 2021. 

The Iowa-Missouri Conference is very happy to welcome Christina as our new communication director. We are grateful that God led her to us,” said Dean Coridan, conference president.

Rhonda Karr, treasurer for the Iowa-Missouri Conference, said she is pleased that Coston accepted this position. “We had a pleasant week working together orienting Christina to her new job. I feel she has a bright future,” Karr added. 

Coston enjoys learning about new cultures through travel. She has been to 13 countries and lived in Spain for nine months where she learned Spanish. She also enjoys baking, music, nature and crafting.

Christina Coston can be reached at or by calling 515.223.1197.