Ryan Ward

Ryan WardPresident 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.

Leota Fred

Vice President of Finance

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Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, University of Montana, Missoula; Masters in Business Administration, University of Montana, Missoula.

Before joining MBC, Leota was the Business Manager at Rocky Mountain Bible Mission for seventeen years. Prior to RMBM, she held positions in several areas for the Montana University System for ten years and taught two years at Inverness High School. In addition to other volunteer roles, Leota served as a school trustee for Hellgate Elementary School in Missoula for about nine years. She is actively involved in Community Bible Study. Leota and her husband, John, have two grown daughters.

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.

Glen Schaumloeffel

Vice President of College Relations, Dean of Students

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Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication with a minor in Biblical Studies, The Master’s University, Santa Clarita, California; Candidate for Master of Arts in Theological Studies from, Liberty University School of Divinity, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ordained to the gospel ministry in 1999, Glen served in four pastoral roles prior to joining the staff at Montana Bible College; Ministry Intern at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, Student Ministries Director at Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue, Washington; Associate Pastor of Education and Discipleship at East Bay Calvary Church in Traverse City, Michigan, and most recently, Senior Pastor at Community Bible Church in Sunriver, Oregon. Glen has a passion for relational mentoring and transformative biblical communication. He has been a plenary speaker at a number of camps, retreats, and conferences in addition to serving as an adjunct instructor overseas with Slavic Gospel Association and the Charles Simeon Trust. In his spare time, Glen enjoys hiking, landscape photography, and good coffee. He has been married for 29 years to his best friend and life partner, Nancie, who grew up as pastor’s kid in Grand Junction, CO. They have three adult children, Jonathan, Janea, and Jacob.

Jenni O’Brian

Jenni O'BrianDirector of Assessment

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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Biblical Counseling Emphasis, Montana Bible College, Bozeman, Montana; Certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

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.

Katie Fischer

Katie FischerExecutive Assistant

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Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries with a Worship Emphasis and a minor in Vocal Performance from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Before joining MBC, Katie served primarily in youth and camping ministries. Upon graduating from Liberty in 2017, she served on staff at Beartooth Christian Camp and Arrowhead Bible College where she gained some of the skills and experiences she now brings to our team. In addition to her passion for students and the Word, Katie loves backpacking, horseback riding, and getting to know others over coffee and board games.

Micah Forsythe

Micah ForsytheDirector 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.

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.

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.

Susan Jackson

Admissions Director

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Bachelor of Arts in English Education, Montana State University, Bozeman.

Susan has been blessed to live in Bozeman since 1984 after spending the first three years of her marriage in Germany while her husband, Jeff, was active-duty Army. She home schooled their three children for seven years and was a writer and editor for a continuing education company before joining MBC in 2005. Susan is actively involved in music ministry and enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, sports, and reading.

Cody Gilliland

Library Director

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Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Montana State University; Bozeman, Montana
Currently completing his M.A.I.H. from Trinity Western University; British Columbia, Canada


Cody Gilliland, a native Montanan, grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  He loves English and literature and has spent the past six year teaching English. Five of those years he taught at a school for American Indian students. Cody is passionate about tutoring young people how to write well. In his spare time, he loves to write poetry, read, and study. He especially loves studying Anglo-Saxon history and medieval theology. Cody is married to Erica (Graham) who is a 2014 Montana Bible College graduate. They have three little children.  Cody also loves to fish, canoe, and garden.

Larissa Orman

Larissa OrmanLibrary Assistant

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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Christian Culture and Ethics Emphasis, Montana Bible College, Bozeman, Montana.

Larissa is a Bozeman native. She spent a year studying culture, biblical history, and biblical geography in Israel. Larissa grew up in and around libraries and loves being able to work with books and people. Larissa and her husband, Kevin, enjoy spending time together. They are both involved in music with their local church and have a love of travel, volleyball, and hiking.

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.