Senior Pastor: Jon Ellingson
Jon was born in rural Northwest Wisconsin and raised by a loving Christian family. Having heard the gospel at an early age and responding to Christ’s call on his own heart at age five, he was later baptized. As a teenager he struggled with doubts regarding his salvation but eventually gained an assurance of his salvation by seeing the evidence of God’s work in his heart since his conversion.
As an oldest son, Jon grew up learning his dad’s excavating business. After graduating from high school, he attended college with the desire to learn more about running the family business with the goal of eventually taking it over himself. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Management from the school of business. After finishing college he returned to Wisconsin and continued work for the family business. While he greatly enjoyed the time working with his dad and gaining practical experience, eventually he developed a strong desire to be more involved in the ministry. He began to be more involved in serving in the local church and began to take seminary courses through correspondence in the hopes of gaining more Biblical training.
The conflict between his desire to eventually take over his dad’s business and his own desire to serve the Lord in ministry came to a head when he met his wife. They made the decision to further pursue ministry direction by attending seminary. He graduated from seminary in 2013 with a Masters of Arts in Ministry. He served for nearly five years as an assistant pastor in Eastern Montana before moving to the Flathead. He and his wife Stephanie have been married for nine years. They have two children: Asher (age 6) and Gabriella (age 3).