Van Hurst to Lead Indiana Conference
Departs Mid-America Union

BY MARTIN WEBER,
Communication Director, Mid-America Union, writing from Lincoln, Nebraska
 
an G. Hurst, church ministries and youth director of the Mid-America Union for the past four years, has left to become president of the Indiana Conference. Hurst previously had been president of the Dakota Conference. He replaces Gary Thurber who accepted a call to serve as president of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
 
NEW LEADER: Van Hurst, a veteran Seventh-day Adventist pastor and administrator, is the new president of the Indiana Conference. [Photo: MAU]
A 1976 graduate of what is now Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, he also attended the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University. He has served in Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas as a teacher, pastor, as well as in various departmental directorships. Hurst then went to the Dakota Conference where he served as president while also pastoring a two-church district. He has traveled abroad conducting evangelistic meetings, camp meetings and weeks of prayer.
 
A native of northwest Oklahoma, Hurst married Janell Kostenko of Shreveport, Louisiana. Their daughter, Kortnye, attends Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He said, "We enjoy people and delight in bringing to them the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His redeeming love."
 
Departmental assistant Adela Martinez, who worked with him the most closely, testified, “Van is the most cheerful person I’ve ever met. He sings, hums and whistles in his office. I watched him give a Bible study to a young child, who just thought the world of him. I also admire Van for his leadership qualities. When he has a goal, he gives it his all. He is a leader and people just love him.”
 
“Van Hurst has been a great treasure on our staff,” added Roscoe J. Howard III, Mid-America Union president. “We will greatly miss him. We are certain God will richly bless him and Janell as he takes up new leadership responsibilities.”
 
At the end of 2007, the Indiana Conference, which traces its roots back to 1873, had approximately 7,200 baptized members worshiping in 75 congregations, according to statistics on file at the General Conference.
 
                                                         -- with additional information from the Indiana Conference and AR Staff
 
 


 
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