Our Leadership

At First Presbyterian Church, we, our staff and membership, work together to carry God’s ministry into the world.  With the guidance and leadership from our pastors and session elders we strive to faithfully serve God in all that we do.

Our Staff

Pastor Nominating Committee Update

Both the Mission Study and Ministry Information Forms have been approved by Presbytery and the information has been uploaded to the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website. The CLC will begin matching our criteria with pastors seeking a church and very soon will be sending us resumes on potential candidates. Progress is being made! Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated! Please contact any of the PNC members if you have any questions.

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. (Romans 1:7-8, NIV)”

First Presbyterian Church Miles City Pastor Nominating Committee Members: Bobbi Askin, Jerry Backlund, Duncan Bartholomew, Sharla Helland, Karie Regan, Sharon Sorlien.


 Jan Dawson- Church Secretary

Jan was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She has been a resident of Miles City for the past 28 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 great you when you stop in.

Contact Jan at:  mcfpc@midrivers.com

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Kelly Backlund-Financial Secretary
Kelly manages the financial records of the church and payroll.

Contact Kelly via email at:





Our 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 9 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 9 members who work together in teams, taking responsibility for the board’s various ministries.

Session Elders                   Deacons
Caroline Fleming                   Beverly Geary
Eleanor Hartmann                Connie Bartholemew
Paul Helland                          Laura Bennett
Sharla Helland                       Pat Conley
Delores Lathrop                    Joanne Perkins
Donalene McLeod                 Gail Price
Sue Backland                         Mary Lou Russiff
Ellen Terret                            Stacy Scheid
Verna Viall (clerk)                Bill Zook