Interim Senior 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.
- Born and raised in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
- Graduated from Reading University, Berkshire, England in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering of Biological Systems.
- Worked in the dairy industry as a scientist and in management until going into full time Christian ministry in 1981.
- Spent 36 years in full time ministry, half of which has been based in the USA.
- Served in various capacities including Teacher, Vice-Principal and Governor for a Bible College, church Senior Pastor, Book editor for Sovereign World Publications, Director for a missionary radio station, radio script writer for broadcasting into China, Industrial Chaplain and Police Chaplain.
- Served on the boards of various charities including Youth with a Mission – Montana, Hope Ranch rescue mission, Christian Life College, London, and Eagle Rock Food Bank.
- Graduated in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University, Virginia.
- Married for 48 years with 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
Director of Children & Family Ministries
Kari McCrady has been on staff at Christ Lutheran church since December, 2002, first as Director of Youth Ministry and currently as Director of Children & Family Ministry. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Youth Ministry and had her first taste of full time ministry at Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley, MN. The Lord eventually called her and her husband to Montana to work at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp and the position at CLC opened up soon after.
Kari and Mark have a daughter, Linnea, and a son, Gavin, who continue to teach them what’s most important in life. They love ‘doing life’ with the people of CLC and continue to enjoy God’s beautiful creation all around this valley.
Director of Youth Ministries
Kendra O’Brien has been on staff at Christ Lutheran Church since October 2018 as the Director of Youth Ministries. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors in Communications and Marketing. She got her first opportunity to work in youth ministry while on staff at Outlaw Ranch in Custer, South Dakota summer 2017. After working as an intern for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Atlanta, Georgia the Lord placed the call for youth ministry in Montana on her heart.
Not long after that she found this position at CLC and moved up here, without hesitation, a few short months after that. Some of Kendra’s passions include missions, outreach, reading, hiking, fishing, skiing and spending time with friends and family. Kendra was born and raised in Colorado where her parents, Michael and Maria, and older sister Seymone still currently reside.
Tracie Lindborg joined the staff in 2021 as our Business Coordinator. She has been a member of Christ Lutheran for over 25 years and has served on the Worship Team for most of those years with her husband, Kai. Tracie graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, with a degree in elementary education. She served in Christian schools in the Flathead Valley, both as a teacher and administrator over the past 35 years before taking the position at CLC.
Tracie and Kai have three grown children. Justin and his wife Caitlin, who have a daughter Emery; Kallie and her husband Jeremy who have three children: Clara, Oscar, and Jonas; and Jorgen, who is a student pursuing a business degree. Tracie enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading and playing at the lake in the summertime.
Deidre Dunlap has worked at Christ Lutheran Church since 2006. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in business from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Her business skills were developed over the years working in leasing and accounting. She oversees and implements church-wide financial policies and programs.
Deidre is originally from California. After being drawn to the beauty of Montana, she eventually moved to Whitefish. She has attended CLC since 2000 and has been involved in various ministries over the years. She and her husband, Kirk, have two grown daughters, Rachel and Jennie. She has enjoyed being able to use her business skills to serve the Lord and the people at Christ Lutheran Church.
Amanda Pacheco has been attending Christ Lutheran Church since 2010 and became a member October of 2014. Amanda grew up in Whitefish and married her high school sweetheart Tom Pacheco July of 2007. They have two beautiful children, a son named Thomas, and a daughter named Tessa, who are true gifts from God!
Amanda is responsible for organizing and coordinating all the volunteer assistants here at Christ Lutheran Church and is the office receptionist. She is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team of Christians here at the church and looks forward to the opportunities to grow in her faith.
Kristal Rufenach joined the staff in 2005 as a part time housekeeper. She now works full time in CLC’s new facility. She was born in Kalispell, MT, raised in Columbia Falls, spent some time in Alaska, and now resides in Whitefish. Kristal is the mother of two grown children, Cassadie and Chauncey, and the grandmother of three young children.
Jerry has been a member of Christ Lutheran Church since around year 2000. He is a retired
electrical engineer with a BSEE degree from Ohio University. He currently maintains the church computers, the streaming equipment, and programs the Sunday worship slides. Jerry is a past Council member and over the years has participated in and lead various Bible studies. He currently is a member of the Hospitality and Safety Team.
Jerry is married to Suzy who has been active in the children’s ministry. They have two
daughters, Holly and Jessica, and several grandchildren. In his spare time, Jerry likes to hike in the summer and ski in the winter, and has a hobby of HO trains.
Audio Tech / Webmaster
Steve Hruza has been attending Christ Lutheran Church since 2006 and became a member in 2007. Soon after that he began helping us with our audio needs. He takes care of anything that deals with audio sound including the preparations for the Music Team and setting up the sound for the sanctuary, the radio broadcast, and the LIVE streaming. He has run sound for various churches since his earlier years as a teenager.
Steve is also a web developer and computer tech with 20+ years’ experience. Our current website was designed and developed by him.
Steve is originally from New Jersey and came to Montana in 1997 where he met and married his wife Susan, who is a Whitefish native. He has been the drummer on the music team since 2010. His wife Susan is also on the music team.