Pastor David Klass
David’s roots are deep in the hills of eastern Oklahoma… but his heart in the mountains of west-
central Montana. Cathy was raised in Saginaw Michigan and like her husband, she has embraced the unique lifestyle of “The Last Best Place”! They met at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where they both graduated with missions degrees (“76″ & “77″). They served in 2 churches in Canon City, Colorado and Bainbridge, Georgia… all the while seeking the Lord’s direction concerning where to serve the Lord globally. Having no clear leading of the Lord to minister in a cross-cultural setting, the Lord led them to Helena in September of 1983 for the sole purpose of planting a New Testament Church in Montana. They served at Liberty Baptist Church for 2 ½ years gaining more ministry experience and valuable insights to the Montana culture. After several months of seeking the Lord’s guidance… on January 12, 1986, under the authority of LBC, Friendship was birthed! The church has since been under David’s pastoral leadership and care… with his faithful friend and ministry partner Cathy at his side.
Kolter Klass – Youth Leader
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
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!