Elevation Church Billings
Roger has been serving as the lead pastor at Elevation Church Billings since June of 2019. Before taking the position at Elevation, he served in youth ministry for 12 years and was also the Dean of Students/Theology Professor at Yellowstone Christian College.
He finds great enjoyment in spending time with his family, teaching stories from God’s Word, and watching the MSU Bobcats beat the Griz!
Roger and Jessica have 3 girls and are also fostering a little dude who keeps them busy…they are always in desperate need of coffee. Roger and Jessica are from Billings, and they love the opportunity to serve in their hometown and see people far from God come alive in Christ.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Mark and Jo Hansen began serving with the Elevation body of Christ in 2015. Mark has been serving as Lead Elder and Care Pastor since 2016. Native Montanans, they have been serving together since their early 70's college years. Mark taught English, Physical Education, Health, and Social Studies in grades 6-12 for 30 years, mostly in Worland, Wyoming. Receiving a Master of Divinity in 1985, Mark pastored vocationally for three years, until deciding to return to teaching, pastoring as a volunteer. They enjoy many family events with their three adult children and six grandchildren. Mark plays racquetball year-round and enjoys golfing. Jo enjoys opening her home for dinner fellowships and serving on the HEART Fellowship lead team, nursery, and Next Steps. Elevation has been their most enjoyable, meaningful, and rewarding local body of Christ-followers.
Peyton is from Yuba City, California and recently moved to Billings with his wife, Emily, to serve the students of Elevation. He has a heart for student ministry and has been involved in ministry his whole life. He has a Bachelors in Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University (Lopes Up). He has served with Younglife, North Phoenix Baptists Students and various camp ministries . He first found his love for Montana after working two summers as a Crew Boy Counselor at Clydehurst Christian Ranch. He enjoys disc golf, hockey, aquariums, burritos, and anything outdoors. Peyton loves to teach students about Jesus and the plans that God has for them.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Derek recently joined the Elevation staff and is thankful for the opportunity to serve as Worship Director. He and his wife, Ashley, grew up in Billings and have a love for this community. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from MSUB, and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary. Derek likes to play and listen to music of all kinds, spending time outdoors camping and hiking, and spending time with his family, who also live in Billings. Most importantly, he loves helping others worship Christ, and loves to share his faith with those that don’t know Him.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Kids Ministry Director
In 2016, Freddie and her family of four (soon to be five)—husband, Austin, and children, Salem and Coram-Deo—left Mesa, AZ to return to her Montanan roots as a Christian. Often comparing her own life to that of the woman that washed Jesus’s feet, Freddie’s faith solidified through trusting “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinithians 5:17).”
She brings a combined six years of administration experience in the non-profit and church worlds as a manager for Scottsdale-based teenage risk prevention non-profit, NotMyKid, and as the backhouse supervisor for children’s ministry at Redemption Church (Tempe, AZ). Returning home has not been easy, but she is excited to fish, snowboard, and serve Elevation Church as the Kids Director. She explains, “My heart’s desire is to see redemption on this side of heaven in the lives of everyone I meet, especially in the children I have the privilege to be around.”
Next Steps and First Impressions Director
Virginia has lived in Montana all of her life. She went to college here in Billings, where she received a degree in Elementary Education.
She was saved by Jesus Christ when she was 26. Because so much of her life was lived without Him, it has helped her to realize how much we all need a Savior. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:8 that once we were darkness before we knew Christ, which is certainly her testimony.
Virginia serves on staff at Elevation Church Billings as the Small Groups Director. She organizes the group semesters and helps people to know Jesus better through community with other believers. She also runs the Next Steps center with her husband and does anything she can do to help the Sunday services run smoothly. She loves to serve and tries to pour out her life to help others know Jesus better.
She loves all Scripture and is constantly trying to memorize more. Her current favorite is Psalm 34:3, which says, "Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together".
Events Coordinator and Groups Director
Bree moved from Southern California to Billings as a freshman in high school and has lived here for over 20 years. She grew up in church and has parents who gave her a solid foundation.
Bree has been married to Dan for 21 years and they have two beautiful kids, Chloe and Eric. Bree has always had a heart to serve and loves it whole-heartedly. Her passion is to serve others and see them grow in their faith by being in the Word and getting involved by serving those at Elevation Church Billings. Bree loves spending time with family and cooking for others in her free time.
For even the son of man didn't come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Kaylee was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Montana in 2015. She has two boys who keep her busy, and finds her greatest joy in being a mother. She was raised in the church and has served for as long as she can remember, beginning with Children’s Ministry and then singing on the worship team. Kaylee is a local photographer and is excited to also be a part of the creative team at Elevation Church Billings. She brings both a passion for creativity, and a passion for serving others to her position as the Communications Director and loves to be able to use her gifts to show the Billings community what Elevation Church Billings is all about.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Loren was born and raised in Eastern Montana in the small town of Richey. At the Alliance Church in Richey, Loren gave his life to Christ at age 12 during a missionary presentation. Following his high school graduation in 1960, he was given a football scholarship to Eastern Montana College (MSUB). Loren graduated from EMC in 1965 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Education and a Masters Degree in counseling in 1973. Following graduation, Loren began what was to become his lifelong career of 39 years working with children and adolescents at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, retiring in 2004. In 2004, Loren joined Faith Evangelical Church in Billings as the Church Administrator. He retired from that positon in 2019 and later that year was asked to serve as the Church Administrator Volunteer for Elevation Church. Loren and his wife Janice were married in 1961 and celebrate 60 years of marriage. They are the parents of two daughters, Barbara and Sonya. They enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.
Office Manager + Community Outreach Coordinator
Edgar is originally from Tijuana Mexico. He moved to San Diego in 1993 where he went to high school. He graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a B.A and M.A in Spanish Literature. He’s currently in seminary working on an M.A in Pastoral Leadership. Married to Tiffany since 2011. They have two children Annalise and Thomas. Edgar Moved to Billings in 2019 and started attending Elevation Church Billings in September of the same year. Edgar is currently on staff as the Office Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator. Edgar was first introduced to the Pentecostal Faith back in 1990 and gave his life to Christ the same year. What Edgar loves about Elevation is the “Come as you are” approach to people far from God.
Rita Brown was born and raised in Billings. She loves the area as she is an outdoors girl and there is so much here. Rita was saved in 1989 and she describes it was a very powerful and pivotal point in her life. She has been married to Todd for 31 years, and they have three boys who are all in college - one in med school, one just graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and the other a junior with the hopes of being the next Oscar winning screenwriter!
Sue has been at Elevation Church Billings since 2016 and loves the fact that for Elevation, it is more important to reach out to those far from God than it is to "impress" people.
Following along that thought, many of the things she does for Elevation are "behind the scenes". She works with Elevation's Finance Officer to help with the books and helps keep certain information in Elevation's computer system updated. She is responsible for keeping communion supplies available and reaching out to and arranging baptisms, and she helps prepare both crafts/artwork for Kids Ministry. Sue makes sure seating is available in the auditorium and is available to greet and welcome people on Sunday mornings.
Serving the Elevation Church Billings family is one way Sue can share God's love with others and try to show them how very, very, very much they are loved and accepted by Him.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.