Staff

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Cutler

Senior Pastor

Mark Glen Cutler was born to Elword and Mathilda (Bruns) Cutler on July 31, 1962 in Des Moines, Iowa. While growing up, the family mostly lived in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from North High School in Sioux City, Mark attended Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska. He graduated from Concordia in 1984 with a BS in Education. (Major: Social Science with a Geography emphasis). Feeling called to go into the pastoral ministry, Mark attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. His vicarage experience was at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, Illinois. Mark graduated from seminary in 1988 with a Masters of Divinity. Mark has ministered in a variety of church settings: Christ, West Bloomfield, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Thermopolis, Wyoming; Christ, Mustang, Oklahoma; and St. John, Seward, Nebraska.

In June of 2005, Mark accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kalispell, Montana. Mark has earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California in 2009. Mark has served in the past on the National Board of Directors of Lutherans for Life, and is now serving in the local chapter as president. He has most recently served as Circuit Counselor of the Flathead Circuit. Mark was married on June 29, 1985 to Joann Schimmel, and has since that time, experienced God’s gift of life with 4 children: Luke (23), Benjamin (21), Rachel (19), and James (17). Mark enjoys staying physically fit by participating in a variety of sports. He is open to new and innovative ways of spreading God’s Word throughout the world. His personal purpose is: “to pioneer parish processes into pro-active policies and procedures.” Administration and vision setting are gifts which Mark attempts to use in furthering God’s work.

Reverend Kevin John Bueltmann

Associate Pastor and Camp Executive Director

Pastor Kevin Bueltmann has served as a DCE in Lutheran Churches and camps in Montana, Nebraska, and Illinois in areas of youth, music, and outreach and most recently served as a pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Green Valley, Illinois. He also has a Master’s Degree in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University in Nebraska. He has served on various district, national and synodical boards.

He and his wife Tawn, served here at Trinity Kalispell from 1987 – 1991. Tawn served as a teacher at the school and Kevin served as a DCE with the title of Minister of Youth, Music, and Evangelism.

Pastor Kevin’s mission is to help connect people to God’s truth by creativity and clearly sharing God’s word and unconditional love through words, actions, and music. He has passion for leading songs for children, youth, and adults with his guitar. He’s led thousands of kids, youth, and adults in worship and praise to God at various churches, schools, and camps. Pastor Kevin also enjoys writing and recording Christian music, including songs that have been used in various countries and even at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and published by Concordia Publishing House.

Kevin and Tawn, (who served as a Director of Music at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois and as a organist at St. John’s)are blessed with four children: a son, who is a Pastor in Maryland, a daughter who graduated from Harvard last year and is now traveling in various countries on a fellowship grant, a daughter at Concordia University Nebraska, and a son who will be studying to be a DCE at Concordia Chicago. Besides spending time with family and his music-related hobbies, he enjoys sports like racquetball, volleyball, and biking.

 

 

Amy Glimm

Administrative Coordinator

Amy is a native Montanan, born and raised right here in the Flathead Valley. Amy attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Industrial and Management Engineering. Amy met her husband, Carl, while attending MSU. After college, Amy & Carl relocated to Spokane, WA where Amy worked in Quality Assurance and Business Operations for a large, global manufacturing corporation and Carl worked in commercial construction. In 2003, Carl & Amy moved back to Montana and started a Home Building business in Kalispell. Amy has worked alongside Carl, taking care of the office and book keeping side of his business.

Carl and Amy have two Children, Matthew and Rylee, who attend Trinity School. The Glimm’s have been a part of the Trinity family since 2006, when Matthew started pre-school, and they all became members in 2010. Amy started working for Trinity as the Administrative Coordinator in January of 2011 and feels so blessed to be able to utilize her skills in the church and to be able to work in such a positive and uplifting environment.

Favorite Bible Verse:

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Prov. 3:5-6

Sandy Duncan,

Office Secretary and Printing

          Sandy was born August 1, 1957 in Brownsville, Texas. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Hanna High School in 1975. She moved with her brother to Eureka, MT in 1977 where her mother’s family lives. She then moved to Kalispell in 1986. Sandy has been married to Russ Hadley since 1986. Russ is a fishing outfitter and taxidermist. Sandy and Russ have two daughters: Terri and son-in-law, Aaron Rasmussen, and Alyssa and son-in-law, Paul Hobus. They have three grandchildren, Audrey and Nora Rasmussen, and Robbie Hobus.

Sandy has been working at Trinity since 2005. She is responsible for formatting and printing bulletins, Partners in Prayer and Praise, News and Announcements, and the Trumpet newsletter, in addition to performing general secretarial duties. She also coordinates volunteers who collate the worship materials and newsletters.

One of Sandy’s favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

 

Brooke Montaño

Office Secretary, Parish Membership

Brooke was born & raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She is a lifelong Lutheran, who is thankful to have attended a Lutheran school from K-12th grade.  She and her husband Ralph have been married for over 24 years.  They moved to Kalispell in 2007, as Ralph received a transfer with his job in Federal Law Enforcement.

Brooke and Ralph have been blessed with 4 children.  Their daughter Dallas recently graduated from Law School, and lives in Wisconsin where she is studying for the Bar Exam.  Their son Cody lives in Kalispell and works in a medical office.  Their daughter Bailey attends Glacier High School, and their youngest daughter Aubrey attends Trinity Lutheran School.  Brooke & her family love living in the Flathead Valley.  Any time spent together is a blessing, and they especially enjoy camping & kayaking.

After 22 years as a stay-at-home mom, Brooke began working at Trinity in the Parish Office as the Membership & Office Administrator in 2014.  She loves interacting with church members & visitors; one of her biggest blessings is the wonderful, supportive work environment she shares with her coworkers.

 

Favorite Scripture:

Hebrews 10: 35-36           “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”

 

 

Shannon Ritter

FAMILY LIFE MINISTER
 Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8am – 3 pm
Contact information: 406-257-5683
sritter@trinitykalispell.org
I called together the people and said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord who is great and glorious, and fight for your spouse, for your children, and for your homes!”  Nehemiah 4:14
 Shannon attended Trinity Lutheran School in Kalispell, Montana and graduated from Flathead High School in 1993. She started her studies at Montana State in Bozeman in the Elementary Education program and later transferred to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where she graduated with her Lutheran Elementary Teaching Degree with a concentration in Sociology. Shannon spent the last semester of college studying abroad in India studying classical dance, Indian culture and religions, women’s roles, and marriage and family life.
Shannon married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalispell, June 1998. She has served teaching in multiple Lutheran Schools in LaPorte, IN, Fairfield, CA, Ogden, UT and Spokane, WA. She has experience serving as a Development Director and graduated in 2011 with her Master’s Degree in Family Life Education from Concordia Seward. She has three active children who share her passion and love for Trinity Lutheran Camp where she served for seven years as Executive Director.
Shannon continues to share her love for Jesus and passion for women in the area of Family Life through various ministries at Trinity including MOPS, Stephen Ministry, and teaching Sunday School classes on parenting and marriage.
Ephesians 3:14-21, “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious riches, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will go down deep into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, through it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or imagine. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen”

Jana Gorton

Custodian