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).
Assistant Pastor: Nathan Dupea
Nathan was born in Kalispell, Montana and grew up attending church with his family. His response to the truth he heard from God's Word was acknowledging that it was true and that life should be lived fully for the glory of God.
But it was while attending college God brought Nathan to a point of spiritual crisis. Reading the book of Colossians over the weekend of a Thanksgiving break, Nathan realized in a way never before comprehended both the depth of his own sin and the sufficient work of Christ. Even striving to live for the glory of God was an impossibility when attempted by man's will power. Repenting of trying to please God in his own strength instead of fully trusting the work of Christ, he opened everything in his heart to the only One who fully knows all things, and with gratefulness, Nathan rested on Jesus Christ, who alone has pleased the Father.
Shortly after this Nathan switched his major to Bible. Graduating in 2014, he returned to the Flathead Valley and began serving in various ministries of this church while dating the love of his life, Jessica. In February 2015 Nathan proposed and was married to Jessie that fall.
God has blessed them with two boys whom they desire to raise to know, love, and serve God with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.