Ginny Lanes, Ministry Assistant
Ginny came on staff in 2008 as receptionist and administrative assistant. Presently she serves the Executive Team as their Administrative Assistant. She is an integral part of the communications of the church, meeting many of the day-to-day needs of our congregation. Ginny also assists Gary Fried with the First Impressions Ministry, Pastor Tra Williams with the Life Group Ministry and Pastor Ryan Cooper with In-Step Counseling Ministries.
In her free time, Ginny loves spending time with her grandchildren (Jaxon, Abigail and Ezra), attending worship concerts and travel. She is married to Gregg and they have one son, Matt, who is married to Becky.
Lindsay Blackburn, Ministry Assistant
Lindsay joined us in 2006 as a part-time ministry assistant, but became full-time in fall 2011. Her responsibilities are to assist the NextUp Ministry which includes the Preschool Ministry led by Jamie Arbizzani, eKids led by Pastor Michael and Student Ministry (LINK & Overflo) led by Pastor Tyler. Additionally, Lindsay assists Cari Roush with Women’s Ministry.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Concordia College and Master of Education, Montana State University Billings and has had writing contracts with Moody Publishers and Focus on the Family. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys reading, spending time downtown, visiting new restaurants, and hiking. She also really loves her life group!
Karissa Strobel, Ministry Assistant
Karissa started as a volunteer answering phones in 2011. She began as a part-time receptionist and office assistant in the fall of 2014. Karissa’s main function is producing the weekly bulletin. She helps with other office projects as needed. She has served as a volunteer in the youth ministry for several years as a small group leader.
Karissa holds a Bachelor in Family & Consumer Sciences from Montana State University Bozeman. She would like to spend her free time reading, crafting, quilting, watching movies and spending time with her family…but in all actuality, most of it is spent cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry! She is married to Bryan and they have 4 children.
TJ Wierenga, Missions Assistant
TJ joined our staff in May 2017 as Missions Assistant. In this role she assists Pastor Steve Lortz with all things related to missions. She coordinates local outreach opportunities as well as national and international mission trips. She works with missionaries and parachurch ministries to create avenues for the church to participate in missions. TJ has a huge heart for the lost in our community (as well as the state, country and world) and finds creative ways to meet the needs of people looking for opportunities to share Jesus.
TJ enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning and loves to read! Spending time with her family is top priority as is her dog, Stetson. TJ is married to Mark, our Facilities Manager, and they have 2 children.
Julie Lortz, Finance & Communications
Julie joined our staff part-time in 2008 and became full-time in 2011. She brought with her several years in Corporate America as a financial analyst and auditor as well as having spent a couple years working in a parachurch ministry. She now serves as Finance & Social Medial Manager. As Finance Manager, she oversees all of our financial transactions, contributions, and banking and investment accounts. Julie oversees effective communication using multiple avenues such as traditional marketing and social media, including our website, podcast, Facebook and Instagram. Julie also serves as our Church Clerk and Church Historian.
Julie loves missions and has done mission work in Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, Toronto, Nepal, Bangladesh and Ecuador. She’s also passionate about Life Groups and teaching the Word of God. Julie contracts with small churches and church plants in the area of finance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, shooting, writing, cooking and travel. Julie has 2 (giant) German Shepherds, Major & Stryker. She is married to Steve, our Executive Pastor.
Mark Wierenga, Campus Manager
Mark joined our staff in 2013 and his role is paramount to the success of all our weekly services and events. When Mark joined us he brought a wealth of journeyman knowledge and experience with him. Mark works with the entire staff and congregation to clean, maintain and prepare the building for every ministry event. He also oversees the grounds of the main campus and our Overflo House, an off-site house we use for college and 20-somethings. Mark schedules and oversees the entire custodial staff and volunteers.
Mark is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking. He loves camping in the mountains with his wife TJ, our Missions Assistant, and their 2 children. Mark currently services as one of our deacons.
Ray Sierra, Assistant Campus Manager
Ray joined our staff in January 2017 to assist Mark in the day-to-day management of our building and grounds. Ray is one of those guys who jumps in whenever and wherever needed and is more than capable of handling a wide variety of maintenance and upkeep tasks.
Ray is passionate about bowling and is the proud owner of a 300 ring, having bowled a perfect game. He travels to tournaments around the state and bowls in several leagues a year. Ray loves baseball and is a die hard Phillies fan. Ray is married to Mary and they have attended Emmanuel for many years. He also serves as one of our deacons.