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Come invest nine-months to own your faith and build your life’s foundation on Christ in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

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Life Together


One of the most unique aspects of MWSB is our community. Since our staff lives on campus, a family-like atmosphere is created with each new class. All students are assigned to a community group that meets weekly in the different staff homes.

Students experience life together, often in new and deeper ways than they have experienced before. MWSB is a place where lifelong friendships are made.

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At MWSB we believe that one of the ways in which God works to move His people to spiritual maturity in Jesus is through the encouragement, example, and accountability of other Christians. Our resident staff has been specifically hired to build relationships with our students and exemplify a life that is pursuing Christ daily.

Our staff meet with students throughout the year to help students process what they have been learning, encourage them in what God is teaching them, and share life with each other. Many students have said that the staff was a huge part of what defined their year at MWSB. As a staff, we are extremely humbled by the idea of living our daily lives so intimately before our students, but thankful to God for the opportunity to see Him work in the lives of our students.

Dr. Dan Hayden

Author and Teacher of “A Word from the Word” Radio Program | Orlando, Florida

Dr. Dan Hayden is an author and a Bible teacher on the radio program “A Word from the Word.” Dan Hayden was the director of biblical research and education at Sola Scriptura, a teaching ministry associated with The Scriptorium, Center for Biblical Antiquities and the Van Kampen Collection of biblical texts and artifacts. Dan and his wife, Karilee, have two grown children and eleven grandchildren. They live in Kentwood, MI.

John Luhmann

Pastor at Sovereign Hope Church | Missoula, Montana

John Luhmann has served as a pastor since 1999 and has been on the staff of Sovereign Hope Church since 2005, where he oversees preaching and teaching. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. He and his wife Korinda have seven children.

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Jordan Thomas

Pastor at Grace Church Memphis | Memphis, Tennessee

God opened Jordan’s heart to believe the gospel during his freshman year of college. He has been preaching the gospel since 1997, is husband to Tracy, and has six children—four daughters and two sons.  While serving with the other elders to provide soul-care to the flock, Jordan is a pastor-teacher at Grace Church Memphis overseeing vision and spiritual leadership.

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Brian Catalucci

Answers in Genesis Speaker | Denver, CO

Brian graduated with a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Colorado. For 10 years, he was president of Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship in Denver, Colorado, where he gave presentations and worked closely with AiG to bring many highly qualified speakers on creation topics to the Denver area. Brian has appeared on both TV and radio shows regarding biblical and creation science topics, and has given many presentations all across the US on Genesis, dinosaurs, aliens and UFOs, ancient man, and the founding fathers. He is presently an adjunct speaker for Answers in Genesis on a variety of topics, including Genesis, biblical creation, science, Christian apologetics, and the inerrancy of Scripture.

Brian has been married to his wife Lise for over 37 years and they now reside in Colorado. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation in theology and apologetics.

Dr. Terry (TJ) Betts

Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary | Louisville, KY

Dr. Betts is associate professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. He is a fourth generation Southern Baptist minister who has pastored 14 years in Ohio and Indiana. He has written Ezekiel the Priest: A Custodian of Tora. He contributed a chapter to The Challenge of the Great Commission and has written for Holman Bible Dictionary, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and The Tie. He has participated in an archaeological dig at Hazor. He is a frequent preacher, Bible conference speaker, and member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

 Peter Wetendorf

Pastor at Conrad Mission Church | Conrad, Montana

Peter Wetendorf has served as the pastor of Conrad Mission Church for over twenty years. He lives in Conrad with his wife, Lori, and has three grown children. Since graduating from Moody Bible Institute, Peter has served in pastoral ministry for over thirty years. Peter has also earned an MA in Ministry from Moody Theological Seminary, as well as attended courses through Jerusalem University College in Israel.

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Dave Barnhart

Missions Pastor at Grace Bible Church | Bozeman, Montana

Dave is a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. He has taught modular classes in Ukraine, Kenya, and Zambia as well as at Bible institutes in Montana and is a frequent camp and banquet speaker. He and his wife, Terry, have two sons and one daughter. Dave loves the outdoors, is an avid hunter, and enjoys gardening and reading. Dave earned a BS in Secondary Education from St. Cloud State University and an M. Div with a Pastoral Emphasis and a ThM from Western Seminary in Portland, OR.

Jim Carlson

President at Montana Bible College | Bozeman, Montana

In the 25 years prior to becoming president of Montana Bible College in 2009, Jim was pastor of Lone Rock Bible Church in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission, and pastor of Community Bible Church of Fort Benton, Montana, and the Winifred (Montana) Community Bible Church. Since 1990 Jim has taught various courses as a modular instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near Augusta. Jim and his wife, Mary, have four grown sons. Jim earned a BA in Pastoral Ministry at Big Sky Bible College and an MA in New Testament Language and Exegesis from Western Seminary in Portland, OR.

Bryan Hughes

Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church | Bozeman, Montana

Bryan is senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. He and his wife, Bev, have three children. Bryan enjoys hunting, reading, and playing basketball. Bryan has taught a modular class at a Bible college in the Ukraine. Bryan earned his BA in Greek and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, an MA in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Hebrew and Greek from Trinity Seminary in Newburgh, IN.

Bryan’s Articles | Bryan’s Books

Paul Hill

Executive Director

Paul Hill has been the Executive Director of C Bar N Ministries since the summer of 2016. He is married to Kassi and is the father of 5 great girls (yep, all girls). Paul and Kassi have been married for 18 years. One of their favorite things to do as a family, is hunt deer…yeah, the girls hunt too. He also enjoys running (actually, he hates to run but loves to race).

Paul’s most favorite thing to do is go on dates with Kassi. They like to go to dinner and the movies on their dates. Paul’s favorite foods are steak, seafood and Mexican.

Paul’s favorite verse is Psalm 63:1: “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

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 Andy Gerlach

Andy and his wife Jennifer and their four children are now living in Bozeman Mt. Andy grew up in Maryland and spent 15 years working in youth ministry at River Valley Ranch. Andy and his wife Jennifer moved to Montana in 2006 to attend Montana Bible College where he graduated with a bachelors in Pastoral ministry. During these years Andy served on staff at Grace Bible Church as the College Pastor. Currently Andy is pursuing his Masters in Biblical Counseling and is serving in lay ministry at Grace Bible Church. Andy and his family love the outdoors take every opportunity to get in the mountains.

Daniel Lambert

Pastor at Easthaven Baptist Church | Kalispell, Montana

Daniel is a native of Louisiana, but spent most of his formative years in Texas. It was during his junior year in high school that he felt God’s call to preach the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Daniel married Vicki in 1989 and shortly after, God confirmed a call to serve in the northwest. Daniel came to Easthaven at the age of 26 and has been the pastor since 1991. Daniel and Vicki have two children: Daniel William and Adrianna. Their family enjoys camping, snow skiing, and traveling. Daniel is an avid hunter and loves being in the outdoors. His desire is to see others come to faith in Jesus Christ, plant new churches and fulfill the great commission around the world.

Daniel’s Sermons

Tim Altschwager

Pastor at First Baptist Church | Bigfork, Montana

Tim is the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Bigfork, Montana. He completed his Masters degree at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Scott Ardavanis

Pastor at Grace Church of the Valley | Reedley, California

Dr. Scott Ardavanis is the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California. Scott began his pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church with John MacArthur and also spent seventeen years as a senior pastor in Chicago and California. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics. Scott is a featured speaker at Bible and Pastors Conferences around the world. He also serves as a board member for Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS), which impacts lives in Uganda through humanitarian aid and sound Biblical teaching. Scott has earned his degrees at Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College), B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott and his wife, Patty, have now been married 25 years and are the parents of 7 children.

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Dr. Jonathan Armstrong

Associate Professor at Moody Bible Institute | Spokane, Washington

Dr. Armstrong is an associate professor at Moody Bible Institute’s Spokane campus. Dr. Armstrong received a Postdoctoral Research Grant from the Deutscher Akadamisher Austauschdienst to research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Üniversität-Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany from 2006 to 2007 and lectured at Wycliffe Hall as a full member of the theology faculty of the University of Oxford in England from 2007 to 2008. His ministry background includes service teaching at South London Christian College (England), the Eurasian Theological Seminary (Russia), the Evangelical Theological Institute (Bulgaria), the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Croatia), the Instituto Bilico Evangelico (Italy), Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Kenya), and ECWA Theological Seminary (Nigeria). He is the founder and president of Aqueduct Project, the mission of which is to create access to theological education overseas. His areas of specialization and expertise include New Testament Greek, the formation of the New Testament canon, ancient church history, and history of the interpretation of the Bible.

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Frank Cirone

Director at Ravencrest Chalet & Bible School | Estes Park, Colorado

Frank was born and raised in Rhinebeck, New York.  Frank graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University with a BS in Biblical Education in 1989 prior to joining the staff at Ravencrest Chalet.  He now serves as Director and Principal of Ravencrest Chalet. He holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Denver Seminary.  Frank and his wife, Krista, have four children –Andrew, Ben, Isaak and Anikka. He is passionate about motivating students to a deeper knowledge of God’s Word and personal spiritual growth.  Frank spends time traveling and speaking at various events in the United States and overseas.

 John Erickson

Pastor at Augusta Community Church | Augusta, Montana

John served as the Executive Director of C Bar N Ministries and Montana Wilderness School of the Bible for over twenty years. Today he is the pastor of Augusta Community Church in Augusta, MT. He is married to Terry and they have two adult children who are both married and have six grandchildren.

Micah Forsythe

Professor at Montana Bible College | Bozeman, Montana

Micah joined the staff at Montana Bible College in 2011. He grew up in Colorado and was a Supervising Manager at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). Then, in 2004, he and his wife moved to Montana where he took on the roles of Financial Director and Instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. He has a passion for teaching and sharing God’s Word and enjoys other hobbies such as photography, backpacking, cycling, and most outdoor activities. Micah and his wife Christa have three young children. Micah earned an MA in Curriculum and Instructional Design.

David Frazier

Executive Director at Equipping Servants International | Memphis, Tennessee

David Frazier is the Executive Director of Equipping Servants International. He ministered for 20 years in the Middle East and bring more than 25 years of cross-cultural ministry experience to this work. David has a B.A. in Intercultural Studies & Missiology from Biola University, an M.A. in General Theological Studies from Columbia International University, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Memphis. David uses his knowledge and experience to better equip churches and individuals in the missions discovery and training process.

 Dr. Bryan Litfin

Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute | Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Bryan Litfin is the author of The Sword, a novel, and Getting to Know the Church Fathers, as well as several scholarly articles and essays. He has a degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient church history from the University of Virginia. Bryan is blessed to be the husband of Carolyn and the father of two children, William, and Anna. He lives in the heart of Wheaton, Ill. and enjoys basketball, traveling, and hiking.

Dr Mark Tatlock

Pastor at Grace Community Church | Sun Valley, California

Dr. Tatlock served as Executive Vice President and Provost of The Master’s University. Mark brings 17 years of executive administrative experience to TMAI, and has been active in theological training for cross-cultural ministry within urban and international contexts. He is eager to invest in strengthening TMAI’s development and academic divisions. As a graduate of The Master’s Seminary, he is committed to TMAI’s theological distinctives and the priority of pastoral training. Mark and his wife Lisa have five children: Jacob, Josiah, Hope, Paul, and Olivia. Care for orphans and foster children is an area of personal concern for them both, believing that God would have His people model the amazing picture of the Gospel and of His love that is found in adoption.

 Lawrence Jensen

Pastor at New Sweden Mission Church | Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Lawrence Jensen ministers as a pastor at the New Sweden Mission Church in Wetaskiwin Alberta just south of Edmonton. Prior to this he served as the Assistant Director and Principal of a Bible School at Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre on Thetis Island. He is husband to Lori and father to son, Daniel and daughter, Mary; the joys of his life. Lawrence is effectively involved in countless lives, young and old alike, in teaching and preaching, discipling, encouraging and leading others to discover Christ as Life. With love for the Lord, clarity of vision and consistent walk in Christ, Lawrence’s joy is to see the Lord Jesus Christ glorified in our midst so that others may come to know Him and His saving life and power.

Lawrence’s Sermons

 Tom Miller

Rancher | Tappen, North Dakota

Tom lives in Tappen, ND and works full-time on an organic farm. Tom was previously the Director of Arrowhead Bible College for 14 years at Beartooth Mountain Christian Ministries in Fishtail, Montana. He received a Masters of Ministry from Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry and He is an alumni of MWSB (’98).

Chris Sherrod

Director at The Bluffs at Pine Cove Christian Camp | Tyler, Texas

Chris Sherrod joined Pine Cove in 2007 all the way from Columbus, Georgia. Graduating from Auburn University with a BA in Education in 1993, Chris went on to get a MA in Religion from Liberty University and has spent his years in ministry to students and families through teaching, coaching, pastoring, writing and speaking. Chris and his wife Katie have eight wonderful children, and their passion is for their family to be used by God to show His glory and grace, and to equip college students and families to live for an audience of One.

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 Lowell Engle

Venture Program & Summer Programming Director

Lowell graduated from MWSB in 2012 and came back the following year for the Venture Program.

He spent a year and a half, with his wife Jill, in Buffalo, MN where he worked with “at-risk” youth through a ministry called Timber Bay. He joined the staff of MWSB in July of 2015 where he leads and disciples the students in the Venture Program, as well as oversees C Bar N Summer Camps and Retreats.

Lowell enjoys bird hunting, fishing, backpacking and a good game of cribbage.

One of his favorite quotes is from Charles Haddon Spurgeon: “My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, HE is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!”

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