Meet our Pastors & Staff

Senior Pastor Ben Burdick

Life is an adventure.  God is amazing.  People are a blessing!

Ben & his lovely wife, Carolea, met in a YWAM school & were married a few years later. After 8 years of hoping & praying for children, God healed Carolea & they now have 5 amazing kids ages 25 to 15. 

Ben graduated with an Aviation degree from LeTourneau University in 1991 & spent 8.5 years in the Air Force as a Communications Officer. However, in 2001, the Burdicks changed course & put down roots in Northwest Montana while Ben taught for an on-line Christian school & served as an Assistant Pastor. In 2005, God called them to attend Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA. After graduating in 2007, Ben joined the staff of Bethel Valparaiso in Northwest Indiana as an Associate Pastor. Five years later, the Lord called them back to Montana to plant a church in Bigfork.

Ben currently serves as the Lead Pastor of MountainSong Church & Purpose Church where he enjoys spreading the good news of God’s love. 

Pastoral Staff

Meet Rheannon MacFarland…

…a passionate minister of the Word of God & worship leader, with many years of experience leading worship in the Flathead Valley. Rheannon’s focus is helping others enter the presence of God through music ministry, teaching & preaching, as well as kids/youth ministry. She became a licensed minister through Purpose Church in December of 2021. Rheannon also heads up our Fine Arts Productions summer programs, together with a team of highly qualified creatives.

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Meet Ericka Moore…

…a seasoned worship leader & staff pastor with over two decades of expertise in music & youth ministry. Ericka brings a contagious enthusiasm to her multifaceted role. She has had the privilege of serving the body all over the United States & holds multiple degrees in music & youth ministry. Not only does she lead worship for Purpose, but she also orchestrates our digital presence, overseeing media & website initiatives. Ericka’s journey is one marked by a relentless pursuit of genuine connection with Jesus & her true passion lies in teaching the body of believers how to authentically engage with the Lord. 

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Meet Chelsie Schnetter…

…a dynamic minister of the love & grace of Jesus Christ. Chelsie heads the Sunday School program & is the pastor of Move Youth at Purpose Church. She is an avid outdoors woman & enjoys hunting, fishing, & hiking with her husband, Anthony, & her son, Eli. Chelsie’s heart is to see students thriving in their relationship with God through knowledge of His word, His character, & fellowship with other students who are also committed to following Jesus.

Email: Chelsie@purposemontana.com

Ministry Leaders

Women’s Ministry

Christi Runnels is our Women’s Ministry Leader at Purpose Church. Her passion is to see women grow in the grace, knowledge & love of Jesus Christ while having the fellowship & support of other women. Her ministry is based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Colossians 3:16. 

Men’s Ministry

Rick Todd coordinates our Men’s Ministry. He is a former naval aviator & retired American Airlines Captain. His desire is to help equip men to become the men God created them to be & to  see them use their gifts to His purpose.

Helping Hands

Ron & Christi Runnels dedicate much of their time joyfully filling needs in the church. From this heart, our Helping Hands ministry was birthed. 

Board - 2023

Financial Secretary: Ron Runnels

Treasurer: Travis Taylor

Moderator: Claude Basler