Jessica Carlson

Jessica CarlsonLibrary Director
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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, Saskatchewan.

Jessica moved to Bozeman in 2012 with her husband, Joel Carlson. They sense a call to ministry and are happy to be part of the MBC community. They have a son and a daughter and enjoy spending time as a family. Jessica enjoys being home, reading, baking, and taking time to fellowship with other women.

Jim Carlson

Jim CarlsonPresident of Montana Bible College
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Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies, Big Sky Bible College, Lewistown, Montana; Master of Arts in New Testament Language and Exegesis, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon; Master of Theology, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon.

In the 25 years prior to becoming president of Montana Bible College in 2009, Jim was pastor of Lone Rock Bible Church in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission, and pastor of Community Bible Church of Fort Benton, Montana, and the Winifred (Montana) Community Bible Church. Since 1990 Jim has taught various courses as a modular instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near Augusta. Jim and his wife, Mary, have four grown sons.

Leota Fred

Leota FredBusiness Manager
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Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, University of Montana, Missoula; Masters in Business Administration, University of Montana, Missoula.

Before joining MBC, Leota was the Business Manager at Rocky Mountain Bible Mission for seventeen years. Prior to RMBM, she held positions in several areas for the Montana University System for ten years and taught two years at Inverness High School. In addition to other volunteer roles, Leota served as a school trustee for Hellgate Elementary School in Missoula for about nine years. She is actively involved in Community Bible Study. Leota and her husband, John, have two grown daughters.

Micah Forsythe

Micah ForsytheAssistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Discipleship Director
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Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries, Multnomah Bible College, Portland, Oregon; Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Colorado Christian University.

Micah joined MBC in 2011. He grew up in Colorado and was a Supervising Manager at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). Then, in 2004, he and his wife moved to Montana where he took on the roles of Financial Director and Instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. In 2010, while still at MWSB, Micah co-founded Certain Truth Ministries. He has a passion for teaching and sharing God’s Word and enjoys other hobbies such as photography, backpacking, cycling, and most outdoor activities. Micah and his wife Christa have three young children.

Dan Hovestol

Dan HovestolDirector of Enrollment Management
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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health, Coaching Licensure, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota.

Dan comes to MBC after 24 years of ministry at Oak Hills Christian College. During his time at OHCC, Dan served as Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Athletics, Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Adjunct Faculty in the area of Physical Education/Health. Dan and his wife, Gwenn, have two daughters and one son. Dan loves meeting new people, spending time with family, traveling, and supporting sports teams from his home state of Wisconsin.

Susan Jackson

Susan JacksonAdmissions Director, Dean of Women Students
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Bachelor of Arts in English Education, Montana State University, Bozeman.

Susan has been blessed to live in Bozeman since 1984 after spending the first three years of her marriage in Germany while her husband, Jeff, was active-duty Army. She home schooled their three children for seven years and was a writer and editor for a continuing education company before joining MBC in 2005. Susan is actively involved in music ministry and enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, sports, and reading.

Tasha Oard

Tasha OardOffice Manager
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Tasha and her husband, David, enjoy having each other and their three children. Tasha spent her early years in Great Falls, but moved to Bozeman in 1998 when her husband decided to attend MSU. After spending 10 years as an at-home-mom, Tasha enjoyed teaching kindergarten at Petra Academy for 5 years. After an 18 month stint in Kansas City, Tasha was very grateful to be back in Bozeman. She stays very busy home-schooling, reading and working out as much as possible, cooking with her husband and spending time outside on the trails with her family.

Jenni O’Brian

Jenni O'BrianAlumni Director & Dean of Women Students
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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Biblical Counseling Emphasis, Montana Bible College, Bozeman, Montana; Certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Jenni grew up amidst the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. After moving to Montana in 1998, she quickly made herself at home among the thousands of peaks of Montana. She has enjoyed serving her church in various ministries over the years. After completing a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Montana Bible College, she joined the staff in administrative roles. On top of work and ministry, Jenni enjoys the mountains and traveling to visit friends or family.

Ryan Ward

Ryan WardDirector of Church Relations
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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Pastoral Emphasis from Montana Bible College. Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Ryan served as Associate Pastor at Manhattan Bible Church from 1998-2007, overseeing high school and junior high youth ministries, worship, leadership development, and administration. He has served at MBC since 2007. Ryan and his wife, Andrea, have two children. Ryan loves spending time with his wife and children, and he also enjoys recreational activities and hobbies including woodworking, basketball, hunting, fishing and backpacking.

Austin Ruhl

Austin RuhlInformation Technology Director, Web Development Director
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Austin grew up in Bozeman. He’s in pursuit of a computer engineering degree from Montana State University. In the meantime, he’s putting his skills to work at Montana Bible College overseeing the school’s IT infrastructure, web development, audio/video technology and troubleshooting.