Miller leaving Coon Rapids Methodist

Rev. Mark Miller, senior pastor at Coon Rapids United Methodist Church for the past 13 years, will lead his final service at the church Sunday, June 16.

Earlier this year, Bishop Bruce Ough appointed Miller to be district superintendent of the North Star District of the United Methodist Church, effective July 1.

“The past 13 years have been tremendously fruitful for our church,” Miller wrote in the Coon Rapids United Methodist Church newsletter.

“I am so thankful that God allowed me to be part it.”

Miller and his wife Tami will be moving to Alexandria, where the North Star District office is located.

As district superintendent, he will be in charge of 90 United Methodist churches in northern Minnesota.

Rev. Randy Koppen has been named the new lead pastor at Coon Rapids United Methodist Church.

His first Sunday will be June 30.

Koppen comes to the Coon Rapids church from Spicer Cross Roads Community Church, where he has been pastor since 2008.

A native of Iowa, Koppen received his master’s degree in divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and has served as a United Methodist Church pastor for 20 years.

He and his wife Sandy have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children, Barry and Abby, both graduates of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter.