Interim Teaching Pastor Team

The church council has selected a team of four pastors to rotate on a preaching schedule while our Call Committee works through the call process.  The interim preaching team of four includes; Paul Ogle, Cory Kohm, Christopher Miller, and Byron Longenecker. This group brings a diversity of backgrounds along with a variety of teaching styles.  All four members of the team possess a Master’s of Divinity and are firmly committed to Biblically centered teaching. Cory and Paul have already been graciously serving, albeit informally until now, in this teaching capacity.  Byron attends our church currently and Christopher previously led the LCMC church in Bigfork for 8 years. Check out Christopher and Byron’s bio’s below.  

We don’t know how long our call process will last so we’re grateful to have this gifted team preparing our weekly sermons for the foreseeable future.  We’re excited to follow them on a journey through Joshua which starts this Sunday, April 19th, and goes through the end of June. Please be lifting these four Godly servants up in prayer as they prepare His weekly messages for our congregation. 

God’s blessings, The Church Council

Byron Longenecker

Byron Longenecker

Interim Teaching Pastor

 

Byron Longenecker, his wife Jess, and their four kids are regular attenders of Christ Lutheran Church. Byron received an MDiv from Covenant Seminary (St. Louis, MO) in 2012. Upon completion of seminary, their family returned home to Montana where Byron was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has pastored in Billings and Kalispell and currently operates a local small business in the Flathead.

Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller

Interim Teaching Pastor

 

Christopher Miller is an ordained LCMC pastor. He has served congregations in North Dakota and Montana, and from 2014 to 2017, served a three-year term on the LCMC Board of Trustees. Currently, he is a rural carrier for the USPS in Kalispell, and a writer for Ministry Pass, a website providing “sermon starter guides” for bivocational pastors. He and Rebecca have been married for 15 years, and have two children, 11 year old Grace and 7 year old Paul.

Paul Ogle

Paul Ogle

Interim Teaching Pastor

 

Born in Great Britain, Paul Ogle brings a wealth of experience to ministry, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering of Biological Systems from Reading University, England and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has taught in churches, conferences, at college, seminary, and grade school levels in over a dozen countries on 4 continents, as well as serving in full time pastoral and chaplain ministry positions in both the U.K. and U.S.A.

Cory Kohm

Cory Kohm

Interim Teaching Pastor

 

During almost twenty years in Seattle, Cory worked as an medicinal chemist, served his local church, and engaged in several international short-term mission projects.  God eventually opened a door for Cory to do to seminary, where he earned his Master’s in Counseling as well as his Master of Divinity degrees from Western Seminary in Portland, OR.  He served at Edmonds Community College for seven years in numerous roles, including part-time faculty member, counselor, and substance-abuse specialist.  Cory loves the Word of God – both Jesus, the living Word, and also the Bible, the written Word – and feels a deep sense of honor to serve God and His kingdom, and to be part of the family at Christ Lutheran!