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Our Team

Russ has been a pastor for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Northwest University and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Russ and his wife, Kris (a histotechnologist--don't ask) have lived in the Gallatin Valley since 2007. They planted Connect Church in 2008.

Bob & Jean Fick

Great Falls Lead

Bob is a native of Buffalo, New York, but he's been a Montanan for more than 30 years. Bob made his career in the Air Force, and has joined the Connect Church team as the Great Falls Lead. Pastor Bob is husband to Jean, Father to Julia and Jessica, and Papa to a small tribe.

Jeff and Julie Nichols

Community Care and Kids Ministry Lead

Jeff and Julie have been married since 1980 and they have two children and three grandchildren. Joining the Connect Church Team after a 31 year career with Snap-on Tools, Jeff leads Connect Kids, supports Connect Care, and is part of the Teaching Team.

Scott and Sadie Morales

Worship Arts Bozeman

Scott Morales is no stranger to music lovers in the Gallatin Valley. He has been a worship leader for many years and has played with many local bands, most notably Big Caboose & the Soul Penetrators and Smoke. Scott is our worship arts team leader, and Sadie assists with lots of behind-the-scenes work.

Ryan Johnson

Worship Arts Great Falls

Ryan is a gifted worship leader and has been leading worship around the country for many years. Ryan recently got married to his sweetheart, Ariel, in Hawaii, and, in addition to his responsibilities at Connect, works as an electrician.

Cooper and Desiree McCann

Groups Team Leaders Bozeman

Cooper and Desiree have a wealth of experience with groups, including leadership with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. The McCanns have three kids--one in heaven--and they lead our groups with a passion for helping people grow in their faith.

Harv Schmautz

Pastor Emeritus

Harv has pastored churches all around the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years before retiring to the Gallatin Valley. Harv now serves as pastor emeritus at Connect. Harv recently married Rae, and the newlyweds are blissfully happy!

Pam Burkenpas

Administrative Assistant

Pam has joined our team to assist Pastor Russ and Kris with the administrative duties of Connect. She comes to us with prior experience as a church secretary and is excited to be a part of the Connect Church ministry.

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