Cheryl Anderson


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BS, Montana State University (Chemical Engineering); M Ed, MSU Billings (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Cheryl Anderson is a Montana native currently residing in Park City, Montana. She and her husband, Carl, have been married for over 40 years. They enjoy all the recreation opportunities Montana has to offer, especially making memories with their children and grandchildren on the Yellowstone River by their home. Cheryl homeschooled their children through high school and is now blessed to support the home education of her grandchildren. In addition to her involvement in education of children at her home and at church, Cheryl has been a faculty member of MSU Billings, City College, Miles Community College, and Yellowstone Christian College (YCC). Cheryl also served YCC as Dean of Academics and Registrar. Currently the President of Truckers Prorate Service Inc., a family business, she has served in all levels of operation since the business began in 1979. Over the years, Cheryl has volunteered for several boards and organizations assisting with organization development, fundraising, and education.

Austin Bennett

Adjunct Instructor

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BA, Taylor University; MA (Creative Writing in Fiction) MFA (Creative Writing) Wilkes University

Austin Grant Bennett is a son, brother, friend, husband, and father. He is a tenured faculty member at Montana State University Billings City College. He teaches writing and humanities courses and has contributed to Christianity & Literature, Poetics for the More-than-Human World, and Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. His research interests include writing as placemaking as well as the intersection of faith and literature. Creatively, he writes fiction and poetry.

Roger Dayton

Adjunct Instructor

BA, Yellowstone Christian College; M.Div., George Foxe University

Roger has been married to his wife Jessica for 15 years and has 4 kids
(Addie 11, Claire 9, Lizzy 7, and Jacob 3). His life revolves around loving
his wife and watching his kiddos play soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Roger first got into ministry as a middle school and high school youth
pastor at Faith Evangelical Church in Billings Montana. He served at
Faith E for 12 years before “retiring” from youth ministry.

After stepping away from Faith E, Roger was hired as the Dean of Students at Yellowstone Christian College. Roger served at YCC for 2 years before taking over the lead pastor position at Elevation church where he has
served for the past 4 years. In addition to full-time ministry, Roger has also led multiple groups over to Israel where he teaches on location. Roger has a heart for helping
students develop a love and understanding for God’s Word.

Andre gazal

Vice President of Academic Affairs

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BA, Asbury College of Kentucky; (Arts in History) MA, Reformed Theological Seminary of Florida; (Divinity) Dr., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Illinois; (Philosophy in Historical Theology)

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 edited John Jewel’s Apology of the Church of England and George Carleton’s Jurisdiction Regal, Episcopal, Papal. Before that 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.


John Schreier

Adjunct Instructor

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BA, Excelsior College, Albany, NY; (Science in Liberal Arts with a focus on Arabic and Hebrew) ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; (Pastoral Ministry)


John has recently joined MBC for the Fall 2023 semester after teaching at Yellowstone Christian College (now Montana Christian College since 2019. He grew up in South Dakota and Utah, entering the military as a radio operator when he was 17, then as a linguist, instructor, language manager, and Battalion staff NCO before becoming a chaplain candidate and an officer in 2006. He and his wife Catherine have raised 5 children, who happened to be born in 5 different states due to active military service. He and Catherine have homeschooled their children through High School. John served overseas as a Battalion Chaplain with the 495th CSSB, Kalispell, MT, and retired  in 2011 from the Army with 24 years of service. He has a breadth of experience and a passion for Biblical languages, music, and encouraging prayer, vocation, reasoned dialogue, and critical thinking. He serves as pastor at Christ E&R church in Hardin, MT. John also enjoys cycling and the outdoors, and is currently training his dog Scout to be able to work as a search and rescue canine.

kevin smith

Library Director

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BA, Multnomah Bible College of Portland, Oregon; (Bible & Theology) MA, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City; (Theological Studies) MO, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids; Michigan (Master of Theology)

Kevin joined MBC in 2023 after serving as a teacher and administrator in classical Christian education for the previous six years. He has also worked in pastoral ministry and libraries, both public and academic. He and his wife Ashley have a growing family and enjoy time outside with their children in the garden or at the park, and spending rainy evenings doing puzzles or reading books together.

Max Soft

Adjunct Instructor

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BA, Indiana Wesleyan University, ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr., Yellowstone College; (Divinity)

Max was born and raised in Billings, Montana and received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and received an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Yellowstone Christian College after teaching history and Theology there for 21 years.  Max also taught theology and history at the University of Mary and Little Bighorn College.         

Max has three children: Edmond James (EJ), Konnar, and Aubree.  He loves the Cleveland Browns, Montana Grizzlies, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and basically any team playing Duke in basketball or Alabama in football!  He enjoys reading and doing research, and he loves to teach.  

gail waller

Adjunct Instructor

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BA, University of South Alabama; (Individualized Studies) MA, University of South Alabama; (Arts), Global Career Facilitator, Normandale Community College.

Gail was born and raised in Forest Lake, MN, and soon after high school took over the family business and expanded it to Chicago IL. Gail began college in 1993 and has worked for Georgia Technical College,
the University of South Alabama, and the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches a career-related course for Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota. Gail moved to Billings, MT in 2021 and currently volunteers at Elevation Church in Billings.

les walton

Vice President of Executive Affairs 

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ryan Ward


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BA, Montana Bible College; (Arts in Biblical Studies with a Pastoral Emphasis) MA, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon; (Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies)

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 2006 in administrative roles of recruitment and church relations as well as a faculty member. His teaching includes Family Development, Biblical Peacemaking, Applied Bible Study Methods, Homiletics, and various books of the Bible. In 2017, he transitioned to the presidency of MBC. 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 hiking, hunting, fishing and backpacking.

Mitch Wardell

Adjunct Instructor

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BA, Yellowstone Christian College; (Arts in Christian Leadership) MA, Liberty University; (Arts in History) 

Mitch was born in northern Wyoming but grew up and moved to Montana as a young child. Mitch is now on the pastoral staff at Grace Bible Church in Laurel. He earned his bachelor’s degree from
Yellowstone Christian College while working as a project manager and volunteering at his church. Mitch then joined the staff as the youth pastor at GBC in 2018. He also had the opportunity to teach American history at Yellowstone Christian College. He and his wife have
been married for nine years and welcomed their son Luther into their lives in 2022. Mitch loves
history, learning every day, and seeing the gospel impact others. He also enjoys cycling,
hiking, fly-fishing, camping, hunting, skiing, and so much more.

Robert workman

Adjunct Instructor

BA, Montana State University; (Science Agricultural Business), K-12 Arizona Teaching Certification, Grand Canyon University, MA, Phoenix Seminary; (Divinity-Biblical Communication) 


Rob was born in Panama but grew up in Montana.  He and his wife of 52 years met and married at Montana State.  They have three grown sons and three grandsons, as well as a beautiful granddaughter.  They have lived their adult life in either Montana or Arizona.  They served three years in Puebla, Mexico as teachers at a school for missionary children.  Rob worked for utility companies in both Montana and Arizona.  Later in life Rob returned to school and earned his Masters of Divinity.  He served as Vice President of Business affairs and instructor at Yellowstone Christian College from 2007 through 2018.  Rob and his wife came to faith in Christ while students at Montana State and have been active in home bible studies and small group ministries for their entire married life.