First Presbyterian Church, Miles City / Leadership


Pastor Garrett Mostowski

Garrett was raised in Gas City, Indiana—a small town near Indianapolis. He grew up playing basketball and baseball, and in high school, he played basketball and ran cross country and track. Garrett has traveled all over the world, from living with Benedictine nuns in Dinklage, Germany, studying at Oxford University in England, and backpacking around Norway, Italy, and several other countries. After graduating from college, he spent four years in Montrose, Colorado as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries for a mid-size Presbyterian church. There, he ran junior high youth group, high school youth group, and young adult ministries, in addition to preaching every other week. He loves playing basketball, running, reading, and writing. His wife, Sarah, is also a Presbyterian minister. 

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Church Secretary Jan Dawson

Jan was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She has been a resident of Miles City for the past 31 years. She and her fiancé have four children and eight grandchildren between them. She truly enjoys her work here at the church.  Jan is the voice you hear when you call and the friendly face waiting to greet you when you stop in.

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Financial Secretary Kelly Backlund

Kelly manages the financial records of the church and payroll.

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Session & Deacons

The belief that the people of God are called to be leaders is at the heart of the Presbyterian way. This commitment manifests itself in a style of “representative democracy” that is unique in the worldwide church.

This representative democracy is embodied in the boards of the church: the Session, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Deacons. The officers who serve on these boards have been identified for their gifts of leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation and are elected to three-year terms by the congregation.  

The Session is the governing body of the church. It is comprised of 7 members, called Elders (the translation of the Greek word presbyteros). The Session is responsible for the whole life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church.

The Deacon Board is responsible for ministries of care and outreach to the congregation and community. It is made up of 7 members who work together in teams, taking responsibility for the board’s various ministries.

Session Elders                   Deacons
 Sue Backland                         Emily Bennett

 Brooke Bartholomew           Nancy Gilbertson
 Paul Helland                          Emily Keegan
 Brooke Kmetz                        Gail Price
 Delores Lathrop                    Mohan Raffety
 Karie Regan                           Mary Lou Russiff
 Ellen Terret                           Bill Zook

Click on the link below to check out the 2017 Mission Study.

FPC Mission Study 2017