Our Team

Darren Carlson

Darren has been at E-Free since January 2021. Darren is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International, a ministry that provides theological training to underserved and undertrained areas around the world. He is the Executive Producer and creator of Jesus in Athens, a movie telling the story of the work of God in midst of a refugee crisis in Athens. He is an above average fly fisherman, an average hunter, and a terrible golfer. He enjoys coaching basketball and baseball. He writes on occasion for The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God Ministries. He and his wife Amy have 5 children.

Lead Pastor

Dan Miller

Dan’s 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 over 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.

Discipleship Pastor

Paul Eyers

Paul has a heart for making disciples out of the next generation.  He has been married to his wife Josie since 2012, and they love doing ministry together.  They have one young daughter, Arelia.  Paul served in youth ministry for 6 years before coming here to E-Free, and desires to see the younger generation own and walk out their faith throughout their lives.  Paul enjoys spending time with his family, playing on his custom computer, and watching the Packers.

Next Generation Pastor

John Graves

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, or biking…often with his grandson or other guys from the church.

Staff Lead | Elder

Kirsten Stewart
Kirsten serves as the Women’s Discipleship Director where she leads women as they grow as disciples who make disciples. Kirsten is passionate about meeting with and encouraging women of all ages and stages through E-Free, Montana State University, and around the community to grow as disciples, serve their community around them, and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Kirsten and her husband, Tobin, and 3 kids – Elijah, Samuel, and Lydiana – and love any opportunity to be outdoors hiking, mountain biking, or skiing.

Women’s Discipleship Director

Paul Elias

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. 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.

Worship Director

Aaron Canen

Aaron was raised in Glendive, MT where he met his wife, Mara. They were married 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 in Music Technology. Aaron has a passion for facilitating the intersection of art and technology. He also works for the Montana State Library as Systems Administrator.

Music Technology Director

Kyle Blackmore

Kyle has been married to his lovely wife Winter since 2007. He has three wonderful children named Kaleb, Kasey, and Kaiya. During his downtime he loves to build and collect Lego… and spend time with his family.

Technology Director

Kathy Carter

Kathy is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She and her family moved to Bozeman in the fall of 2019 and have called E-Free their home.  She has a servant’s heart for the Lord and is passionate about building relationships and sharing the good news of the gospel with families and youth.  Previously, she volunteered in many different areas of ministry including missions, vacation bible school, and community outreach.  Most recently she served as the Nursery Care Coordinator.  She has been married to her husband, Jason, for 16 years, and they have one daughter, Payton.  They are thrilled to be living in the Bozeman area with all the opportunities for outdoor adventures.  You can also often find them enjoying sports, and Kathy currently serves as the assistant volleyball coach for the varsity team at Heritage Christian.

Children’s Ministries Director

Joshua Bartling

Josh grew up in Bozeman and has been married to his beautiful wife Alyssa since 2017. He loves people and being able to serve those in the church body and reach out to others with the good news of Christ. He enjoys hunting, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with friends.

Office Team Leader

Carol has been married to her husband Blaine for over 30 years.  Since Blaine is a Bozeman native, it was an easy decision to return to Montana after living in Yemen and Saudi Arabia for 22 years.  It was during this time in the Middle East that Carol and Blaine’s faith grew, and they found a calling in serving others through missions and fellowship.  Carol and Blaine have been members at E-Free for two years and have two grown children–Alec and Katie.  Carol enjoys the newfound freedom of living in the U.S. again, the outdoors, pickleball, and traveling.

Reception and Administrative Assistant

Jill Butte

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 enjoy skiing the cold smoke, camping in Glacier National Park, and traveling to see family.

Executive Director
Selah Early Learning Academy