Jim Keena is the Lead Teaching Pastor. Jim and his wife Kim have been married for over 35 years. They have seven children and eight grandchildren. Jim’s responsibilities are primarily in the areas of pastoral ministry, biblical teaching and providing directional leadership for the church. His greatest joy is communicating God’s Word to God’s people and seeing the gospel transform people. He enjoys dates with Kim, hiking in Montana’s mountains, photography and cheering for the MSU Bobcats and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brett LaShelle is the Lead Care Pastor. Pastor Brett came to faith in Christ at age 17 and was highly involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at Boise State University. After finishing his Masters of Biblical Studies and Ministry in 1988, he came to Bozeman as the Evangelical Free Church’s first full-time Youth and Family pastor. Brett is now the associate pastor over Pastoral Care working with a number of different ministries. Brett and Roberta have four beautiful adult girls, two sons-in-law and one grandson. Brett loves people and God’s word and finds no greater joy than watching the two come together.
Kirsten Stewart is the Worship Director. She leads a team of musicians passionate about worship through music, prayer and scripture. Kirsten’s passions include mentoring the next generation of worship leaders through internships both in-house at E-Free and through Montana State University, as well as discipling young people in their walk with the Lord. Kirsten and her husband, Tobin, have 3 kids, Elijah, Samuel, and Lydiana and love any opportunity to be outdoors hiking, mountain biking, or skiing.
Paul Elias is the Assistant Worship Director. Originally from Billings, MT, Paul now lives in Bozeman after finishing school at MSU. Paul is responsible for the musical development of our church worship teams as well as leadership for the evening service. His desire for our church is that every person that comes through our doors would be able to experience true, gospel-inspired worship. He loves music, sports, and the outdoors.
Aaron Canen is the Worship Technology Director. Aaron married to his wife Mara in the Glendive church he grew up in where his father served as pastor. He and Mara studied at Montana State University where Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree majoring in Music Technology; a degree he uses in his role as Worship Technology Director. Aaron has a passion to see modern technology used in the church in a practical and effective way. He also works at the Belgrade Community Library as Technology Administrator.
Kyle Blackmore is the Youth Ministries Director. Kyle has been married to his lovely wife Winter since 2007. He has three wonderful children Kaleb, Kasey and Kaiya. At E-Free he enjoys keeping up the technology and directing Youth Ministries. His passion in ministry is to see students grow in Jesus and impact the world for Him. During his downtime he loves to build and collect Lego… and spend time with his family.
Kenje Felhberg is the Children’s Ministries Director. Kenje came to E-Free with her two kids, Keanon and Kelcey and jumped right in as a Children’s teacher. In 2006 the Lord blessed and challenged her with the position of Director of Children’s Ministries. Kenje strives to target the hearts of children, through loving relationships, for real transformation in Christ. When not at work she can be found taking her camper on the road, along with a dog or two, hanging out with her own kids, or skiing the slopes of Bridger Bowl.
Sarah Jakkola is the Executive Director of Selah Early Learning Academy. Sarah is a graduate of UM-Western in Social Science, and attended grad school at MSU for Marriage/Family therapy. Sarah has been a part of Children’s Ministry at E-Free off-and-on since 2005. She’s the mom of two teenagers, Christian and Caylah. She considers her job as the Director of Selah Early Learning Academy to be the best job in the entire world – ministering to the hearts of children and families of the Gallatin Valley.
Bobbi Lovgren is the Office Manager. Bobbi has been on staff with E-Free for over 14 years. She married her college sweetheart, Greg, 43 years ago and moved from Minnesota to the “Wild West” where they fell in love with Bozeman. They have three adult children – Marcie, Amy and Jon with wife, Megan and granddaughter, Finley. Her happy places – babysitting Finley and hiking the beautiful trails here in Montana. She loves her job, and has the privilege of seeing the many awesome volunteers who serve behind the scenes, working together to make E-Free such a great church family.
Valerie Wilson is the Administrative Assistant. She joined the office staff at E-Free in 2014, bringing over 20 years of office experience working for the federal government and specialty medical clinics. She is a Montana gal, born and raised, spending most of her life in Billings. Valerie and her husband, Scott, raised two boys which also blessed them with two daughter-in-laws. They love to take advantage of Bozeman’s beautiful outdoors with hiking, ice climbing, cross country skiing along with their very spoiled yellow lab, Kona.
John Graves is the Staff Leader and he also serves as an elder. John is passionate about personal growth and is currently discipling/mentoring a number of men. John works at Montana State University in a master’s degree program for science educators, teaching online. He and his wife Susanna have five adult children and eight grandchildren. John loves living in the Bozeman area and can be found in the backcountry skiing, hiking, biking…often with his grandson or other guys from church.
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