Pastor Mark Donald
Pastor Mark is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the church. Before being called into ordained ministry, Mark taught high school and college writing in Minnesota, and was a youth director at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Seattle. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary, a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota, Mankato, and a B.A. in History/English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
A native of California, Mark and his wife Julie live in the Heights with their two boys, Alec and Micah. When not at church, he enjoys time with family, reading, skiing, and tinkering with his '67 Triumph TR-4.
Youth Director Aldin Barnes
Aldin focuses on developing and promoting vision and mission for youth ministry at First English. He was born and raised in Helena and still has family there. He loves all things Star Trek and considers Next Generation and Captain Piccard the best part of the series.
Youth Choir Director Quentin “Q” Staton
Q is co-director of the congregation’s music programs and director of the Kid’s Choir. He has a music education and elementary education degree from Montana State University Billings, and currently teaches music at Lockwood. A North Dakota native, Q and his wife Jocelin are the proud parents of three children; Kayla, Skyylar and Jacksun. In his spare time he loves spending time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities.
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Organist Arle Lohof
Member and organist since 1957, Arle is a retired elementary teacher from Billings and Lockwood schools, and is co-director of the congregation’s music programs. She and husband Armand are parents and grandparents, and take great pleasure in time spent with family. Arle is also an active part of the Billings music community and is a well-known advocate for the arts.
Bell Choir Director Judy Valley
Judy Valley coordinates and directs both the adult and youth bell choirs, and has been part of the congregation since 1985. She is a local business owner and past director of a seasonal community bell choir called Bellisimo!. An avid quilter, much of Judy’s spare time involves transforming bits of cloth into works of art.
Parish Administrator Norma Jean Replogle
Norma Jean grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois. She is retired from many years of primary grade teaching in IL, WY, Malta, MT, and the Crow Reservation in St. Xavier and Wyola. When she is not working at the church, she likes to be out in the yard and garden at the home she shares in Billings with her husband Jerry. Her hobbies and interests include walking and hiking, reading, taking classes and learning new things, cooking, and baking. She loves fall and the color purple!