Meet the Pastor

Grace and Peace,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rev Zach Bechtold and I have the honor and privilege to be your pastor. My wife, Mikel, and our kids, Zoe, Noah, and Ryann are currently in the chaos of boxes, scheduling moving trucks, and putting a plan together to arrive at our home in Bozeman. We are incredibly excited to be joining you all in ministry and life. 

As a Family we come to you from Cheyenne, Wyoming were I was most recently the pastor at Grace United Methodist and the Congregational Resource Minister (Rev Eric’s Wyoming counter part). We are excited to be returning to Montana, which became home five years ago when we moved to Choteau to serve three churches in the area. We instantly feel in love with Montana, the people, the beauty, and the way of life. When we moved to Choteau my family had never been north of Denver for any reason. We felt God calling us to a new and unknown adventure in ministry and we have loved every minute of it. Previous to living in Montana, we served United Methodist Churches and Campus Ministries in New Mexico for six years and spent most of our lives in Texas where both Mikel and I grew up and our family still lives. 

Montana holds a special place in our hearts, it has been a place of healing, growth, excitement, love, grace, and adventure for my family and we look forward to coming home.

A little bit about our family. We love to be outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, kayaking, and exploring. We love adventures and we love recommendations! Zoe, our oldest daughter, will be a Sophomore at Bozeman High and is looking forward to joining the speech and debate team and choir. Noah, our son, will be a 7th grader at Sacajawea   and loves to play video games and draw. Ryann, our youngest daughter, will be a 4th grader at Longfellow and loves to be creative and learn about animals. Mikel, my lovely wife, is an avid reader and is ready for adventure. Myself, I am ready to find great running trails and cheer for the Colorado Rockies!

We are beyond excited to be joining you this August and continue to impact the Gallatin Valley with God’s love and grace for all people. 

Do Good…
Pastor Zach

Montana West District Superintendent
Mountain Sky Conference
Lynn Miller Jackson
Rev. Lynn Miller Jackson has been in ministry with the Mountain Sky Conference (former Rocky Mountain Conference) since 2014. In her initial appointment, Pastor Lynn became the first female Senior Pastor of Scott United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado. She served at Scott UMC for five (5) years bringing forth more collaborative ministry for meaningful engagement and seeking greater impact on the congregation and community. As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Lynn embraces the itinerant nature of her call and will go where God calls her to serve.