Team Leads

  • russ and kris michaels

    Lead Pastor | Bozeman

    Russ and Kris have been leading Connect Church since its founding in 2008. Russ is a graduate of Northwest University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Kris works at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in the pathology lab. They have a passion for helping people reconnect to God through experiencing Jesus. They also have a grown  kid and two tiny dogs.

  • Bob and jean fick

    Campus Co-Leads | Great Falls

    Bob and Jean have been long-time residents of Great Falls, originally hailing from Buffalo, New York. Bob and Jean are co-lead pastors of our Great Falls campus, which means that they each work in their gifting without one of them being overloaded with the responsibilities of pastoring. They are both bi-vocational, which makes them very busy--but they always have time to love people. 

  • jeff and julie nichols

    Community Care Lead, connection groups | Bozeman

    Jeff and Julie are a great team of leaders, serving both the Bozeman and Great Falls campuses. Jeff made a career in the Snap-On tools business, and now in his retirement years is leading at Connect. Jeff and Julie wear a variety of hats including groups, pastoral care, and sometimes kids ministry.

  • Scott  and sadie morales

    Worship arts | Bozeman

    You may recognize Scott from the many bands he's been a part of in the Gallatin Valley. Scott is a remarkably talented musician, and his team leads the Bozeman campus in worship every week. We think you'll love the groove at Connect.

  • Kristi and ricky hale


    Kristi and Ricky love to encourage others to connect with God through music. 

    Kristi leads the Great Falls team each Sunday and is passionate about bringing honor to God through worship and praise.



    Anna enjoys getting to know people's stories.  She is a local area counselor for several school systems. Her experience translates into a great addition to the team as the Connection Groups leader. 

  • Justin and Jessica anderson

    Connect Kids | Bozeman

    Justin and Jessica have a huge heart for kids! Mom and Dad to three, they lead our kids team with excellence, and they have a passion to help kids not only be worshipers but to be ministers to one another as well. 

  • Josiah and billie rosa

    youth | bozeman

    These newlyweds will steal your hearts--but more importantly, they will steal your kids' hearts. Josiah has recently graduated from MSU, and Billie is an artist. Their love for Jesus sets people on fire, and teens and young adults are drawn to the Jesus they love!

  • Will and melissa garten

    connect KIDS and mission | Great falls

    Will and Melissa wear lots of hats at Connect, but what you will love most about them is how well they love people. Melissa is a grade school teacher and Will is in the construction industry...they volunteer a huge amount of time to leading at Connect Church.

  • Sonny Lee

    Facilities | Bozeman

    A Vietnam vet, Sonny is an excellent leader who oversees the team that maintains our facilities. Don't let the gruff exterior fool ya. Sonny is a big teddy bear, and he loves Jesus and Connect Church deeply.

  • pam burkenpas

    administrative assistant | Bozeman

    Pam is awesome-sauce! Pam serves the leaders of our church in a critical support role as Administrative Assistant. Pam also co-owns the family business, Door Tech, so if you need garage doors, Pam is the one to call. Oh yeah, if you need help with anything at Connect, Pam is also the one to call.