Pastor David Klass

Senior 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.

Pastor Jim Patzer

Jim Patzer – Associate Pastor

My wife and I had the privilege of being led to the Lord by Pastor Klass in January of 2001. We later moved to Great Falls, MT where we served as youth leaders for about ten years at Temple Baptist Church. Eventually, I began to serve as a deacon and my wife ran the nursery. We stepped down from the teens to teach the 3rd thru 6th grade class and God allowed me the opportunity to teach children’s church. I also had the privilege of filling pulpits around the state in order to be a blessing to Pastor’s taking time off and to churches searching for a pastor.

About seven years ago, Pastor Klass approached me about someday serving with him at Friendship Baptist Church. We began to pray about this decision as I was nearing the end of my Air Force career. After retiring from the Air Force we had a decision to make; go 89 miles down the road and serve at Friendship Baptist Church with Pastor Klass or travel 1,239 miles to Lancaster, CA to attend Bible college. Tami asked me a very pointed question, “What do we have to offer Pastor Klass and Friendship Baptist Church?” God made it clear that He wanted me to seek more training, so in August of 2018, I moved my family to California to attend West Coast Baptist College. We remained open to the Lord’s leading and put our faith and trust in Him for direction. God has allowed me to come back to the church where I was saved and serve with the Pastor who led me to the Lord. What a great God we serve!

Kolter Klass

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

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!