Our Leaders

We put a very high value on the importance and call of the leaders of Grace Church. Using the leadership qualifications spoken of in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, we have set apart these leaders among us. We also have a couple of support staff to help with the necessary functions of the church, serving the local body with direction from the leadership. To see more about the importance of leadership at Grace Church, check out our Leadership Priorities.

Chris Miller | Pastor

Chris is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, where he has served since 2005. He bears the primary responsibility for our preaching, teaching, and discipleship ministries. He was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and is a die-hard Boise State football fan. Though not raised in church, he experienced God’s life-changing grace when he was 19 and continues to seek to live in awe and wonder of the gospel. He has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, serving in Illinois and Kansas prior to coming to Kalispell. The majority of his Theological training has come from Reformed Theological Seminary. He met his wife, Peggy, at a Bible College in Texas and they have been married 25 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and bike riding.

Bruce Smith | Elder

Bruce was blessed to grow up in a loving Christian family in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area. He became a police officer in 1982, served for over 18 years on the OCPD Tactical (SWAT) Unit, and spent the last 9 years of his career as a full time instructor at the OCPD Firearms Training Center. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Oklahoma City Police Department in 2013, when he and his wife, Luanne, moved to Kalispell and began attending Grace Church. Bruce serves on the leadership team at Grace Church and assists with the Young Men’s Discipleship Course.

Jacob Sykes | Elder

Jacob grew up in Moiese, a small town in western Montana. After high school, he moved to Bozeman to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree at Montana State University. He moved to Kalispell in 2005 for a job as an Engineer at Semitool/Applied Materials, where he currently works. Jacob has been part of Grace Church since 2006 and currently leads several Bible studies, co-leads a gospel community group, is on the missions committee, and serves as a leader of the church. In the summer of 2014 Jacob was married to his beautiful bride, Cherith, and their son Nathaniel was born in fall of 2017. Jacob enjoys filling his free time with hiking, photography, walks with his wife, reading, drinking coffee, and watching or playing sports.

Nick Maltby | Deacon

Nick heads up the Sound & Technical Teams and assists with overall computer-related items as well as being the church treasurer. He was born, raised, and homeschooled in Kalispell, MT before attending a 2 year Bible School in Plymouth, MN and receiving a Certificate of Biblical Studies. He currently owns and runs a local I.T. & Web Consulting company. He and his wife Jennifer enjoy having people in their home and spending time with their 4 children, Abriana, Malachi, Lydia, and Silas.

Greg Bork | Deacon

Greg is involved in organizing a number of areas supporting the worship services at Grace, including greeters, ushers, nursery, communion, etc. He also appreciates having the opportunity to connect with visitors, welcoming them to the Grace Church community. Greg grew up on a farm in Paynesville, Minnesota. He attended and graduated from Paynesville High School, where he was active in choir, football, and wrestling. After attending 1 year at the University of Minnesota, Morris, he joined his father in the family trucking business. Greg attended the Gospel Tabernacle Church with his family and he credits that early teaching for giving him a firm foundation in his walk with the Lord. In 1983, Greg and his wife Debi moved to Bigfork with their 4 children, Angie, Aaron, Adam and Anne. He and Debi now enjoy spending time with them, their spouses and 11 grandchildren.

Dennis Jingst | Deacon

Dennis was blessed to be born and raised in a christian home in the mid-west. He attended and graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College (BS, BA, ThB) where he also met and married his wife Kathy. Dennis has served in ministry for 25 years and 9 years as a Bible Centered Ministry International missionary directing Big Sky Bible Institute. Presently, he is a supervisor at Turtle Bay Treatment Facility (juvenile mental health) in Kalispell. Dennis and Kathy have attended and been growing at Grace Church for 10 years now and have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.

Rick Moore | Deacon

Rick was born in Grandville, Michigan. Due to a deep appreciation for God’s creation attained in early life, he pursued a career in forestry and has degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming. After working many years in the West, he returned to Michigan where he met his wife Sue in Traverse City. They have 2 children, Johanna and Cole. The family moved to Kalispell in 2004 when Rick took a position as Service Forester with the State of Montana DNRC. Sue is a registered nurse with KRMC. They began attending Grace Church in 2013. Rick enjoys family, fishing, camping, kayaking, backpacking, photography and reading.