About Us

Our Staff

Steve Loy, Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve Loy

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I was called as Senior Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the fall of 2012.

I grew up in Clearwater, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Religious Studies.  After completing seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania my first call was to a congregation in Littleton, Colorado where I fell in love with the west and the Rocky Mountains.  In 1993 we moved from Denver to Las Cruces, New Mexico where I was pastor of Peace Lutheran Church until 2012.  Martha Rowe and I were married in 2001.  We have two adult daughters. Katie lives in Billings and Annie lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband Dustin and our two grandsons – Jayden and Owen.

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I enjoy many outdoor activities including running, skiing, camping, fishing, hunting and golf.  Martha and I have an on-going Scrabble competition that now exceeds 1,500 games in which Martha is ahead by more games than I care to say.

I was ordained in 1985 and received a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University in 2003.  I have served as an adjunct professor at NMSU and continue to serve at United Lutheran Seminary teaching homiletics.

I feel privileged to serve as Senior Pastor of LCGS.  I have a passion for teaching the Bible and working with members of the congregation as they discover their gifts for ministry and find ways to use them to serve Christ’s church.

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Kay Wittman, Associate Pastor

Pastor Kay Wittman

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Minnesota born and raised, I graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD in 1982 where I double majored in English and Religion. I went to Luther Seminary and got my MDiv. in 1988. After serving a term call in Douglas, AZ, I served my first parish in Spokane, WA—St. Mark’s Lutheran. I spent the next three years as campus pastor at Luther College in Decorah, IA. I came to Billings in 2000 to serve at American Lutheran Church. While at American, one of the highlights of my ministry was to develop a coalition of Yellowstone County churches that eventually became Interfaith Hospitality Network (Family Promise) to support and empower homeless families.

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After I left American Lutheran in 2008, I took several years off from parish ministry, did some supply preaching and started selling real estate. In 2011,a call from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd brought me back to parish ministry and I received a permanent call to be the Associate Pastor in the spring of 2013. In the fall of 2012, I began a two year program at the Haden Institute to become a spiritual director.

I have three awesome children, Annika, Renee and Eli, who are off exploring their unique gifts and talents. I have a big goofy dog, Cooper, who likes to occasionally spend time with me at church.

My passions include paying attention to my spiritual journey, golfing with Eli, listening to Renee play her viola, trying to keep up with Annika’s whereabouts, having at least 5 books I’m reading at the same time (that old English major habit runs deep), gardening, and home improvement.

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Keith Weatherford, Director of Youth Ministry

Lori Wilson, Sunday School Director

I was born in Billings, and grew up in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. I graduated from Billings West High School in 1981 and Montana State University in Bozeman in 1985. I have a Bachelors Degree in Family and Consumer Science and a Masters Degree in Education Technology. I taught high school Family and Consumer Science (called Home Economics back then) from 1986-1996 in Bridger, Montana and Billings Skyview.

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I wanted to be home with my two little boys, so in 1996 I started an alterations business in my home. After ten years of working at home, it was time to step away from my sewing machine. My background in Child Development got me a teaching position at Billings Head Start, where I stayed for two years and found my passion for Early Childhood Education. I now teach Early Childhood Education at the Billings Career Center, and have been there since 2008. In my current position I get to teach high school students and be with preschoolers at the same time.

My husband, Gregg, and I have been married for twenty-six years and have two sons. Jake is twenty-three years old and a graduate of Carroll College. Alex is twenty-two years old and is a law student at Gonzaga University.

I love to cook, repurpose old furniture, and do home improvement projects. I enjoy spending time with our extended family, and traveling with Gregg to watch him referee college football games.

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Pastor Curt Haney, Ministry to Seniors

I was born.
I was ordained.
Now I’m here.

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Kathy Kelker, Shared Ministry Coordinator

Kathy Kelker

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Kathy Kelker was born and raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She has an undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude in English from Hiram College (Ohio), a master’s degree with high honors in special education from Montana State University-Billings, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in special education from Montana State University-Bozeman. Kathy was trained as both an English and special education teacher. She has been a classroom teacher for 30 years at all levels from kindergarten to college.

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Kathy was the founder and executive director of Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids (PLUK), a statewide support program for parents of children with disabilities, and she served as a trustee on the Billings School Board for 15 years.She has been a consultant to Native American Head Start programs throughout the Western United States and is the author of books on services for children with emotional disorders and on assistive technology (computer applications) for children with disabilities. For eight years Kathy taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Montana State University-Billings. She retired in May 2014 after being the Executive Director of the Billings Head Start for six years. In November 2014, Kathy was elected to be a Representative in the 64th Montana Legislature. Kathy has been married to Paul Kelker, a pediatric oncologist at the Billings Clinic, for 49 years. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Kathy has been active in the ELCA Lutheran Church throughout her adult life. Since moving to Billings, Montana, in 1978, she has taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and was superintendent of the LCGS Sunday School from 1978 to 2014. In 1997 she served on the first Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSA is a not-for-profit corporation that coordinates the work of over 300 independent Lutheran health and human service organizations affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and other health and human service organizations. In terms of revenue, LSA is the single largest charitable organization in America.

Kathy has served on the LCGS Church Council and was its President in 2001-2002. Kathy was a Montana delegate to the ELCA National Assembly in 1999 and again in 2000. Between these assemblies, she was appointed to a committee that revised the Called to Common Mission agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church. The original draft failed in the 1999 ELCA Nation Assembly, but the revised version passed in the 2000 Assembly. Currently, Kathy serves LCGS as Coordinator of Shared Ministries.

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Lisa Brandt, Preschool Director

Lisa Brandt was born in Cedar Falls, IA and grew up there. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood endorsement. She has been a teacher her whole professional life, serving as Lead Teacher then Director of the Preschool at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in west Des Moines, IA (1995-2007). When she moved to Billings, she became a teacher at Head Start (2008-2014) before joining our staff as Preschool Director.

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When not working with our little ones, she enjoys reading, spending time with family & friends, and many outdoor activities, including gardening, ATV riding, hiking, and camping.

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Siri Christensen, Administrative Secretary

Siri BakerSiri was born in Grand Forks ND and adopted by a Lutheran minister and his wife. She grew up in Hardin MT, before moving to Billings for high school and college. Before joining our staff as Administrative Secretary, Siri worked for 23 years in hotel management. One of her interests is rescuing dogs (especially pit bulls), and at present she has four dogs along with one cat. She also enjoys refinishing furniture, hiking, and camping.

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Our Mission

To rejoice in the grace of God, teach the message of Jesus Christ, and minister faithfully to all people.

As a congregation, we seek to:

  • Move beyond simply believing in God to being in a relationship with Jesus Christ as He is the one who empowers us into service for others.
  • Respond to the needs of all people in all circumstances as a caring congregation of ministers who work diligently to foster relationships with each other so all may realize God’s grace through Christ.
  • Be a vibrant center of Scripture-based education and dialog, and a teaching and learning center of the Word. We strive to be a center of innovative worship that remains true to our Lutheran heritage and theology.

LCGS Preschool

Good Shepherd Preschool is a ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Our preschool has served the Billings community since 1975.

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We provide an environment that encourages children to view themselves and others as unique individuals and capable learners. We encourage children to develop a healthy self-esteem, concern for the needs of others, a sense of community and a spirit of sharing.

For more information, please visit our website at lcgspreschool.org.

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Christikon Bible Camp

Site GateChristikon is a  Bible Camp located in the Rocky Mountains just north of Yellowstone National Park, near the heart of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, in some of the loveliest country in the world, about 47 miles southwest of Big Timber, Montana.

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LCGS houses the offices for Christikon, a Lutheran Bible Camp for youth and family. Christikon staff may be contacted at 406-932-6300 in summer, or 406-656-1969 during the off-season. More information is available at their website Christikon.org.

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Using Our Facility

Child Baptism Record

If you are interested in having your child baptized or in being baptized yourself, please download and complete this form, and then return it to the church. We will set up a meeting with the pastor.

Facility Use Form

If you would like to use the church for a function, we ask that a Facility Use form be filled out and returned to the church office at least one month prior to the event. Once we review it, we’ll contact you for finalization of plans.