president of montana bible college

Ryan Ward

President of Montana Bible College

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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Pastoral Emphasis from Montana Bible College. Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Ryan served as Associate Pastor at Manhattan Bible Church from 1998-2007, overseeing high school and junior high youth ministries, worship, leadership development, and administration. He has served at MBC since 2007 in administrative roles of recruitment and church relations before transitioning to the presidency in 2017. His teaching includes Family Development, Biblical Peacemaking, Applied Bible Study Methods, Homiletics, and various books of the Bible. Ryan and his wife, Andrea, have two children. He loves spending time with his wife and children, and he also enjoys recreational activities and hobbies including woodworking, basketball, hunting, fishing and backpacking.

vice president of academic affairs

Andre Gazal

Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Bachelor of Arts in History from Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky; Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida; Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

Andre has served as the assistant project editor for the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, and as an adjunct professor of church history at Nicolet Bible Institute and North Greenville University. He also taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he was professor of historical and systematic theology at Northland International University in Dunbar, Wisconsin, and academic dean of Eucon International College in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. A specialist in the English Reformation, Andre is the author of Scripture and Royal Supremacy in Tudor England: The Use of Old Testament Historical Narrative and editor of Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the
Elizabethan Church. Most recently he published Believer’s Baptism in Cromwellian Ireland:
Thomas Patient and his Doctrine of Baptism. Additionally, he has contributed to the
Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation and the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the
United States. Andre has furthermore published numerous articles and essays on the theology of
the English Reformers. He ministered as interim preacher at Dunbar Community Bible Church in Dunbar, Wisconsin. Andre, his wife, Agata, and son, George, come to us from Dunbar, Wisconsin. Andre enjoys spending time with them as well as reading and taking walks.

vice president of college relations

Tim Voogd

Vice President of College Relations

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Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Bible, Christian Education and Youth Ministry from Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN; Master of Christian Ministry with a concentration in Discipleship, Church Planting, Marriage Counseling, Leadership Development, Evangelism and Discipleship from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA.

Tim has served as a Christian School Teacher, Youth Pastor, and Lead Pastor. He has worked in theCampus Pastors office as well as in Student Development while employed at Liberty University. Tim and his wife Kathy have 3 adult children. Son Tyler (wife Meghan and 3 little boys), daughters Morriah and Micaela. Tim and Kathy enjoy family time, hiking, woodworking, and remodel projects.

vice president of finance

Les Walton

Vice President of Finance

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director of institutional effectiveness

Jenni O’Brian

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Biblical Counseling Emphasis, Montana Bible
College, Bozeman, Montana; Currently completing her Master of Divinity from Kairos
University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Certified with the Association of Certified Biblical
Jenni grew up amidst the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. After moving to Montana in 1998,
she quickly made herself at home among the thousands of peaks of Montana. She has
enjoyed serving her church in various ministries over the years. After completing a
bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Montana Bible College, she joined the staff in
administrative roles. On top of work and ministry, Jenni enjoys the mountains and
traveling to visit friends or family.

director of student engagement

Christa Forsythe

Director of Student Engagement

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Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Women’s Ministry, Multnomah University; Masters of Arts in Christian Studies in Biblical Counseling, Master’s International University of Divinity, Indiana.


Christa grew up in Nevada and met her husband, Micah Forsythe at Multnomah University where she majored in Bible, Theology, and Women’s Ministry. She moved to Montana in 2004 and worked at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible for seven years, where she served as the Director of Communication. The birth of her three children led her home for 13 years. In that time she developed a love for photography and communicating with friends via a personal blog and social media. In her spare time she loves hiking, rafting, gardening, taking pictures, and stitching felt ornaments.

director of discipleship

Micah Forsythe

Director of Discipleship

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Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries, Multnomah Bible College, Portland, Oregon; Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Colorado Christian University. Masters of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon.

Micah joined MBC in 2011. He grew up in Colorado and was a Supervising Manager at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). Then, in 2004, he and his wife moved to Montana where he took on the roles of Financial Director and Instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. In 2010, while still at MWSB, Micah co-founded Certain Truth Ministries. He has a passion for teaching and sharing God’s Word and enjoys other hobbies such as photography, backpacking, cycling, and most outdoor activities. Micah and his wife Christa have three young children.


Louise Turner


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Bachelor of Science in Business, Montana State University; Master of Arts in History, Montana State University.

Louise Turner is well known in the Gallatin Valley for her ground-breaking work in classical Christian education. In 1995, Louise led a group of interested parents in creating Petra Academy. Louise served as administrator of Petra for thirteen years and taught history at the secondary level for nine years. She was also privileged to be part of the founding of the women’s Bible Study Fellowship class in Bozeman, serving as a substitute teaching leader for seven years. Louise and her husband, Tim, have three adult children.

library director

Jessica Carlson

Library Director

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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Briercrest College.  Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

Jessica served for several years as the Library Director at MBC before taking a short interim, during which she worked for the Bozeman Public Library and as a remote library consultant for Yellowstone Christian College in Billings.  Her husband, Joel Carlson, is the pastor of a local church and together they have 4 children.  As a busy homeschool mom, she was happy to return to MBC in a supportive role in the library. As a Pastor’s wife she is actively involved in church life, and in her limited spare time she enjoys reading fantasy novels.

Dan Hovestol

Enrollment Consultant

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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health, Coaching Licensure, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota.

Dan comes to MBC after 24 years of ministry at Oak Hills Christian College. During his time at OHCC, Dan served as Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Athletics, Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Adjunct Faculty in the area of Physical Education/Health. Dan and his wife, Gwenn, have two daughters and one son. Dan loves meeting new people, spending time with family, traveling, and supporting sports teams from his home state of Wisconsin.