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.
Dan Miller is the Discipleship Pastor. His life has been significantly impacted by a number of men who have invested themselves in his life over the years. Because of these experiences, Dan is passionate about helping others become biblical disciple makers. He has been married to his best friend Cora for 30 years and they have two adult children who are married. Dan enjoys a variety of outdoor adventures: hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting, and competitive shooting.
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.
Jill Bute is the Executive Director of Selah Early Learning Academy.Jill is passionate about seeing growth and learning take place in the lives of young children as they learn more about Jesus, themselves, others and our world. She enjoys building relationships with families and knows the importance of teamwork not only with parents but also with teachers during this critical early learning stage. Jill and her husband Kevin and their two daughters Kylie and Isla have lived in Bozeman for 14 years. They enjoy skiing the Cold Smoke, camping in Glacier National Park and traveling to see family.
Michele Soldner is the Office Team Leader. She brings over 30 years of office and finance experience. Michele and her husband Dan are originally from Minnesota, moving to Bozeman four years ago. They have three adult children and four grandsons. Michele is enthusiastic about personal growth and team work. She enjoys a good book, being creative and spending time outdoors.
John Graves is the Staff Team Leader and 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 back country skiing, hiking, biking…often with his grandson or other guys from church.
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