• David Klass - pastor

    I was raised and saved at the Tulsa Baptist Temple under the ministry of Dr. Clifford Clark.  I attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, from 1973 to 1976, and graduated in 1976 with a missions major.  While in college I met Cathy Hudberg and we were married in 1978.  We have four children, Kjersten, Kaleb, Kolter and Karson with daughter-in-law Jill and four grandchildren.


    For eight years we served in various positions in three churches in Colorado, Georgia, and Montana.  In January of 1986 we started the Friendship Baptist Church in Clancy under the authority of Liberty Baptist Church of Helena, our mother church.  In June of 1992, after purchasing acreage, we then began construction of an 8,000 square foot church.


    The highlights of our church-planting endeavor are many: the joy and satisfaction of seeing souls saved, lives changed, and making an impact on an entire community.  The Lord has blessed us with a missions-hearted people who have a desire to impact not only their community, but also Montana and the world for Christ.

  • KOLTER klass - youth leader

    I was raised at Friendship Baptist Church where I was saved, and grew in my faith.  In high school, I felt a call to ministry while at a missions conference.  As a result, upon high school graduation in 2012, I attended Montana Wilderness School of the Bible in Augusta, Montana for a year, followed by four years at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.  While in Missouri, I was involved in college ministry at Missouri State University of Springfield, Missouri through Adolos Ministries.  Upon graduation in 2017, I moved back to Montana City, Montana to work as the youth pastor at Friendship Baptist Church.


    My goals in ministry are to be used by God to see people come to a saving faith in Christ, disciple them, and repeat the process.  If I can see continued growth, church involvement, and discipleship among these young believers years down the road, that will be a successful ministry. 

  • eVALEEN STARKEL - FINANCIAL SECRETARY & CHURCH CLERK

    My husband Richard and I joined Friendship in May of 2009 and have grown to love the members as family. We married in 1980 and have two sons, Travis and Justin, ten grandchildren, and one great granddaughter, Natalia. 


    In 2016 I started to pray and asked the Lord if I could please retire. He brought the year 2017 to mind, then the month of September. As I drove home from work in Helena to the Elkhorn Mountains where we live near Clancy, Montana, I prayed and ask the Lord where He would want me to work next. I was excited to serve Him wherever He would plant me. In June my husband Rick attended a meeting at the church where the Pastor expressed a need - the church secretary was retiring in September and they needed a replacement. 


    I retired in September of 2017 after working almost 34 years for the State of Montana and in Great God fashion; He put me in a wonderful spot. I now enjoy serving my Pastor, my church family, and my wonderful Lord and Savior in a capacity I had only dreamed about. I am blessed!