Jim Keena - Senior Pastor
Dean Hampton, Executive Pastor
Brett LaShelle - Associate Pastor
Chris Blackmore - Pastor of Senior Ministries
Tyd Rogers - Pastor of Youth Ministries
Kenje Fehlberg - Dir. of Children’s Ministries
Kirsten Stewart - Worship Director
Bobbi Lovgren - Office Manager
Shawna Wright - Dir. of Communications
Pastor Jim Keena was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. While being raised in a Christian home, Jim came to faith in Christ early in life. After graduating from Arizona College of the Bible in Phoenix, Arizona, he earned a Master of Arts in Ministry from Moody Graduate School, Chicago, Illinois. He followed that with additional graduate and postgraduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Jim served as Senior Pastor in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, for over thirteen years and as Associate Pastor in Long Grove, Illinois, for three years. Jim and his wife, Kim, moved their family to Bozeman in the summer of 2008, where he has been serving as the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Free Church. Jim and Kim have been blessed with seven children: Bethany, Christa Clark, Danae Castle, Andrew, Emily, Grace and David, as well as two sons-in-law, Jason Clark and Doug Castle and four beautiful grandchildren.
Pastor Dean Hampton was born in Nevada City, California. Dean was raised in a non-believing home and was brought to faith through the love and concern of a Christian neighbor. While attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Dean realized that God was calling him into full-time ministry. After a couple of years leading the Grace Church college group, Dean decided that it was time to further his education. Dean studied at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and in 2002 received his Masters of Divinity with a Pastoral Emphasis. During this time, Dean was the College and Career Director for the Beaverton Christian Church in Beaverton, OR. He later worked as an Associate Pastor at Hinson Church, as well as Directional Pastor in the Bay Area. Dean is now our Executive Pastor working alongside our Senior Pastor, Jim Keena, and our Associate Pastor, Brett LaShelle. Dean’s interests vary from racquetball, running, cycling, and reading to family activities. Dean and his wife, Mary, have two boys, Kyle and Bryce.
Pastor Brett LaShelle was born in Los Angeles, California in 1959. Brett came to faith in Christ at age 17 and was highly involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade at Boise State University. After finishing his Masters of Biblical Studies and Ministry in 1988, he came to Bozeman as Evangelical Free Church's first full-time Youth and Family pastor. In 1996 Brett was offered a one-year sabbatical where he ministered in Manila, The Philippines, working with a new church plant and giving administrative help to the national office. Brett is now our Associate Pastor working in a number of different ministries in our church. Brett is an avid biker and racquet ball player. He also enjoys water skiing and a number of other outdoor sports. In the last few years, Brett has been trying to keep up with his wife as they both compete in sprint triathlons. The pride and joy for both Brett and Roberta are their four girls; Lindsay (and a new son-in-law Josh), Amanda, Camille and Emily.
Pastor Chris Blackmore grew up on a farm in Illinois. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Illinois. He met his wife, Judy, when they jointly sponsored a Youth for Christ club while both were students at the university. After graduating from U. of I. and finishing his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary, Chris and Judy joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1970. They were assigned to Montana State University. In January of 1972 they were reassigned to open Campus Crusade's work at the University of Montana.
In the fall of 1973, Chris and Judy started the church in Bozeman where they have served ever since. Chris completed his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1982 causing one friend to remark that he is now educated well beyond his intelligence. After 35 years as Senior Pastor, he is presently serving as our Pastor to Seniors. Chris enjoys sports, music, nature, people, but most of all teaching the Bible. Chris and Judy have four children and eight grandchildren.
Tyd grew up in Montana and attended M.S.U. at Bozeman, where he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart his freshman year. He received his degree in Sports Medicine and upon graduating he pursued a relationship with a young female, named Trang, and moved to Illinois. He was married to Trang in 1995 and they moved to Chicago. While in Chicago, Tyd received his Masters from Moody Bible Institute and found a job as the Pastor of Student Ministries at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda. While in Wauconda, Trang and Tyd, received three wonderful gifts from the Lord, whom they call their three Mighty Mountain Men, Tal, Tayt & Trent. After 8 years of serving in Wauconda, the T’s packed up their gear and moved to Bozeman. Tyd enjoys Almighty God, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, refereeing wrestling, playing with his "Mighty Men" and going on a weekly date with his wife.
Kenje had the good fortune of being born in MT - Billings, that is. She grew up enjoying the mountains and developed a love for skiing. She attended MSU and received a BS in Speech Communications with a Public Relations option. After marriage and graduation, she moved to Oklahoma where her daughter Kelcey was born. Following that, she moved on to New Mexico, where she ran a small ski school, and then back to Montana - Bozeman, of course! Kenje and her family attended Peace Lutheran Church in Belgrade where she served as a Council Member and Sunday School Superintendent. This is where her son Keanon arrived on the scene. After a few years, God led them to E-Free where she taught Sunday school and Children’s Church before becoming the Director of Children’s Ministry. Kenje and the kids enjoy skiing, baseball, and just hanging out together.
Kirsten Stewart is an Iowa girl raised in the ELCA Lutheran church in the heart of the German/Scandinavian Midwest. Coming from a rich heritage of traditional, organ-led hymns, her first glimpses of Jesus were through the time-honored hymns and have broadened to include the power and passion of contemporary worship songs. While at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, Kirsten spent her summers as a counselor at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in northwestern Montana. It was at FLBC that she met Tobin, a good ol’ Montana boy from Billings, who a few years later would become her husband! Since then, Kirsten has taught elementary and middle school in Nebraska and also served as worship director at CrossBridge Christian Church in Lincoln, NE, for 8 years. God led them on a roundabout journey to Bozeman via Southwest Florida where they lived for a year, soaking up the sun and trying to figure out how mountain people live on the beach and instead learning the richness of God’s grace and the mystery of the Gospel. The Stewarts, with their 3 kids, Elijah, Samuel, and Lydiana, moved to Bozeman in the summer of 2012 for Tobin’s job as director of the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Kirsten’s passions include adventures in the mountains with her family, worshiping through music, and watching a good movie.
Some of you who are new to E-Free may not be familiar with the face of the church. Bobbi Lovgren, our Office Manager, has been on staff with E-Free for almost ten years now. In addition to running the church office, Bobbi is married to Greg (38 years) and has three grown children, Marcie, Amy and Jonathan. She loves what she does, which is evident to anyone who comes to the office. In addition to her work here, Bobbi loves to attend the Women's Precepts Bible Study offered here Wednesday mornings. The best part about her job is seeing all the parts of the body of Christ - the countless volunteers who serve "on and behind the scenes" - working to do their part to glorify God. She is so appreciative, knowing how very important each one of you is to the Body