Patty Kenaston 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 Became part of the launch team for Emmanuel's church plant, Gracepoint, in 2019. Married to Dennis since 2022 Has two daughters, Allison… read more

Jamie Arbizzani eKids Director

Has a degree in Child Development from Montana State University - Bozeman Married to Paul since 1993. Has 3 children: Alexander (married to Bailey), Benjamin (married to 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… 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 (married to Jeff), Elena (married to Preston) and Tyler (married to Taylor); and 4 grandchildren (Landon, Hazel, Kellen… 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 and 1 grandchild 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… 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


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

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

Obed Aguirre Spanish Speaking Ministry Pastor

We are pleased to offer Obed's intro el español and in English!   Originally from Monterrey, Mexico Son of a pastor / church planter in Mexico. Prayed to receive Christ at age 12; called to full-time ministry at age 16. Trained at Bethel Baptist Bible School in Monterrey, graduating in… read more

Trey Haidle Student Ministry Pastor

Born and raised in Montana. Started attending Emmanuel in 2009. Graduated May 2020 from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Illinois with a bachelor's in biblical studies. Married Jessie in November 2021. Served as a counselor and assistant program director at Clydehurst Christian Ranch. Played college Basketball at Moody Bible Institute.… read more

Michael Laird NextUp 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… read more

Jeff House Adult Ministry Pastor

Holds a bachelors degree in Pastoral Theology from Crown College in Powell Tennessee. Received a Master of Ministry from Crown Seminary in May 2022. Originally from Boardman, Ohio where he met his wife Carrie at church and were married in 1994. Has 3 children: Caleb, Victoria and Mackenzie. Moved to… 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

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 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 the age… read more

Paul Jones Lead Pastor

Emmanuel was founded in 1952 and Dr. Paul Jones has served as the Lead Pastor since 1989. 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 to the Lord at an… read more