Elders

Chairman - Mark Breese

A native of Alaska and a career Navy person, Mark and Mary, his wife of 15 years, moved to Montana in July of 2000. Both left careers behind. Mark, the Navy and a small home improvement business and Mary a career in corporate finance. They Lived in Libby for 14 years and have since moved to Columbia Falls. They’ve been a part of Central Bible since November of 2014.

Both have been intimately involved in church life and ministries including mission trips to Romania, Poland, and China, as well as a weekly jail ministry. Mark is currently helping with the C squared ministry and serving on the elder board focusing on evangelism and youth ministries. Mary is caretaker for her elderly mother who now lives with them.

Mark came to Christ as a part of the Navigator ministry in the Navy in 1978. Mary went forward in a Baptist church and gave her life to Christ in Fort Worth Texas at age 9. Both have a heart for ministry and for reaching the lost. They like to bike and hike and go out on their boat in the summer and ski in the winter. “We both feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by so many great people and ministry opportunities.”

Vice Chairman - Tim Stutzman

Born and raised in Kalispell and the surrounding area, Tim Stutzman married his high school sweetheart, Naomi Munter in 1972 at Central Bible Church, the church wherein she had been raised.

After graduating from technical school in Helena as a diesel mechanic he worked in logging shops and then in the timber industry for 12 years before going to work for his father-in-law, Dallas Munter's plumbing business, subsequently buying the business from him, where he still works.

Raised in a godly family that knew and trusted in Jesus, he then took Him as his Savior at age 13 when it was impressed on him that there was more to being a Christian than regularly attending church and doing what was right, it was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that mattered.
After getting married and starting a family, Tim and his family moved into Kalispell from Columbia Falls, and started attending CBC in 1976, being selected to serve on the Church Council in 1977, where he has served since (with a year off, twice). Also during the years he has taught adult and elementary Sunday School classes, and continues to teach from time to time as needed.

Tim appreciates the mission emphasis at CBC, and has traveled to many countries on short term mission endeavors. Ukraine, Belgium, Mexico, Ireland to name some, seeing many other places in traveling to and from. Seeing God working in varied cultures and situations as His word is spread is very dear to Tim's heart.

At age 5, with the promise of a dime from Grandpa, Tim memorized Psalm 19:14. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." Through the years this verse has been a special guidance principle to live by.

Active Elder Council 

Recorder - Dale Gregory

Born in upstate New York in 1959, Dale Gregory spent most of his formative years living in Miami, FL. It was there, at the age of 11, that he trusted Christ as Savior in a VBS meeting at a local church. Dale met his wife Joy, whose family is from the Kalispell area, while attending Florida Bible College and the couple was married at Central Bible Church in 1983. After serving for 12 years in a travelling music ministry in North Carolina, the Gregory’s moved to Kalispell with their 3 sons in 1995.  Dale works as a produce manager for a local retailer and, in his spare time, enjoys hunting, fishing and cheering for his beloved Miami Dolphins.

Dale joined the elder council in 1997 and has served as the church’s worship leader since that time. Dale and Joy have been heavily involved in youth ministry during their time at CBC and, more recently, have led C Squared, our college and career age group. They appreciate CBC’s commitment to verse by verse teaching of God’s Word. 

Bob Heffernan

Jeff Ort

My name is Jeff Ort and my wife Emmy and I have attended CBC since shortly after we arrived in the Flathead Valley in 2003. We have both been involved in full-time ministry to people with special needs and their families since before we were married in 1998. It was our hearts for those families that brought us to Montana to direct Camp Promise, which is a ministry of Big Sky Bible Camp in Bigfork. We also run the Friday Night Out ministry at CBC, which is a bi-weekly ministry to people with special needs throughout the school year.

I grew up in New Jersey and after a few false starts in life I returned to college at 25 to prepare for what I thought would be a life spent on the foreign mission field. While at Columbia Bible College in South Carolina I was exposed to ministry with people with special needs and began to see God shift my focus. I graduated with degrees in Bible and Bible Teaching and began to serve with a ministry based near Philadelphia, PA. It was there that I met a sweet Mississippi belle named Emmy. We began to date shortly after she finished her degree in Camp and Recreation Management from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and joined the ministry full-time. We have been blessed to live, serve and raise our 6 children in this beautiful area. We enjoy living in town and being within walking distance of Main Street, shops, restaurants and parks in our West Kalispell neighborhood.

I’ve tried to pattern my life, ministry and outreach around the seemingly insignificant little word “even” that starts my favorite verse Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (NKJV) If even the Creator God of the universe came to serve others, what right do I have to expect anything more?

Marvin Ortman

I was both born and born again in the Flathead Valley, having accepting the Lord, as a child, after an Easter message. My family moved to the Seattle area for my later grade school years through junior college, then at Whitworth College Spokane earning a BA degree in general science & education.

I met and married Sharon in Spokane in 1970 and our adventure of serving the Lord together began, including a year of training at Multnomah Bible College. Over the years we have worked teaching in public, Christian, and mission schools. I have worked in residential construction and as Bible camp caretaker for 9 years.

We attended Central Bible for a number of years in the late 1970’s , before going to the mission field in Alaska, and helping in church construction in the Seattle area. Then after 9 years of camp work, we returned to the Flathead, and have been serving at CBC for over 20 years, this has included working as a deacon, elder, child protection, and various children’s ministry including being Awana commander for 18 years. It has been a joy to be in a church that values in-depth Bible teaching, a desire for missions outreach and a genuine love for the body of Christ. I am excited to be part of a church that has a heart for loving, serving and helping others, as we, in obedience, follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Frank Sutton