Paul Jones Lead Pastor

As Emmanuel approaches its 65th year, Dr. Paul Jones has served as the Lead Pastor for the last 28 of those years.  The continuity and stability of the church is further reflected in the fact that he followed his father who served as pastor before him. Paul gave his life… read more

Steve Lortz Executive Pastor

Has a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Oversees the day to day business of the church, the staff, facilities, missions and church planting. Originally from Des Moines, IA, Steve moved to Montana with his family at… read more

Bill Swant Connections Pastor

Leads our Connections Ministry working to help our church family get to know each other in meaningful relationships and to serve the Lord in unity. Joined our staff in 2004 as Senior Adult & Shepherding Pastor. Serves as one of our Elders. Married to Vivien, one of Emmanuel’s deaf interpreters… read more

Tra Williams Life Groups Pastor

  As Life Groups Pastor Tra is responsible for oversight of current groups, training and developing leaders and starting new groups. Originally from Gainesville, FL, Tra moved to Billings in 2007. Retired from the U.S. Navy. Met his wife, Kristi, while they were both serving in the Navy. Has 4 children;… read more

Ryan Cooper Counseling Pastor

Originally from Billings Family has been members of Emmanuel since 1981 Has a Bachelor's Degree in Science / Secondary Education from MSU-B Holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, IN Met his wife, Kim, at Emmanuel and they were married in 2005 Join our staff… read more

Tyler Frank Student & Young Adults Pastor

Holds a degree in Christian Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University (via the Yellowstone Christian College campus) and a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Dallas Theological Seminary. Came to Christ through the ministries of Emmanuel; was baptized & licensed here as well. Served as an Armor Bearer prior to coming… read more

Michael Laird Children's Pastor

Holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Provides oversight to our Next Up Ministries (eTots, eKids, LINK). Born in Corpus Christi, TX. Grew up attending Emmanuel with his family and was saved and baptized here as a child. Served as a Journeyman Missionary in the Canary Islands, Spain for 2… read more

Eddie Frank Worship Pastor

  Attended Multnomah School of the Bible and Montana State University Billings. Graduated with a degree in Education and minors in Music and French. Originally from Oregon, but moved to Billings in 1992 when he met his wife Jane at Clydehurst Christian Ranch. Joined our staff as Worship Leader in… read more

Steve Fowler Associational / Church Planting Pastor

Has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from College of the Ozarks. Holds a Master of Divinity with a Missions and Evangelism emphasis from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Originally from Arkansas, Steve has served in church planting for over 32 years; 20 in Michigan prior to his work in… read more


Don Jones Shepherding Pastor

Serves as our Shepherding Pastor visiting those in the hospital, nursing homes and homebound. Currently serves as one of our Elders. Served as our Lead Pastor from 1979-1989. In 1981 he was instrumental in purchasing the property on which Emmanuel is currently located. Led the congregation in building what is… read more

Gary Fried First Impressions Director

Has attended Emmanuel since 2003. Raised in Billings. Single with a son & daughter and 5 grandchildren. Enjoys all outdoor activities, especially golf, hunting, and fishing. Enjoys spending time at Clydehurst Christian Ranch each summer. read more


Rick Byler Men's Ministry Director

Originally from Hershey, PA Has a degree in Pastoral Theology from Hyles-Anderson College Married to Corinna since 1987. Has 3 children Spent his career as a construction ramrod and general contractor. Avid hunter and outdoorsman. Moved to Montana in 2004. Joined our staff in July 2019. Has a desire to… read more

Cari Roush Women's Ministry Director

Has been involved in various capacities at Emmanuel for 28 years. Met her husband Tom in Emmanuel’s youth group.  They have been married for 35 years. Has 4 adult children: Leah, Holly, Elena (Preston) and Tyler;  and 2 grandchildren (Landon & Kellen). Previously served as our Preschool Director from 2008… read more

Jamie Arbizzani Preschool Director

Has a degree in Child Development from Montana State University - Bozeman Married to Paul since 1993. Has 3 children: Alexander, Benjamin (Laura) and Christopher. Works with kids because God put it in her heart to reach families for Him through caring for their children. Favorite portion of Scripture is Psalm 107.… read more

Patty Parramore SCA Director

Born and raised in Billings Degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Montana-Western Loves to spend time with her family Active member of Emmanuel since 1996 Two daughters, Allison and Kaylee Enjoys camping, 4-wheeling, and stock car racing read more