• Elden Ramirez


    The president facilitates strategic visioning, coordinates the planning to accomplish its mission, and provides direction and leadership to the core functions, ministry activities and programs of the Montana Conference. ​Areas of focus include: strategic planning, finance, board management, personnel, upper organization and institutional representation, fundraising and program delivery.



    Oversees the Conference church membership records. Updates and maintains the employee service records. Serves on various conference boards and committees and preparing the applicable minutesMaintains property records and facilitates property transactionHuman Resource IssuesWorks closely with the president and other department directors in promoting the advancement of God’s    mission to carry His love and truth, including planning for special meetings and convocations.



    The Ministerial Department serves the professional as well as personal needs of the pastors in the Conference. Pastor Taylor has served in the Rocky Mountain and Oregon Conferences. After 23 years of experience in pastoral ministry in multi-church, single-church and multi-staff districts, Pastor Taylor was called to the Montana Conference.  In addition to working with experienced pastors, he finds great joy in coaching interns to develop their full potential as ministers. He is also responsible for overseeing, Church Ministries, Planned Giving/Trust Services.



    With 11 elementary schools and one academy our conference is a strong supporter of Adventist Education.  Montana churches are dedicated in making sure that SDA schools are one of the most important parts of their local budgets. Mt. Ellis Academy, one of the oldest boarding schools in North America, has been offering a quality Christian education for well over a hundred years. God has blessed our schools and we know that Christian education “doesn’t cost…it pays!”

  • Nathan Shaw

    assistANT treasurer and accountant

    Responsible for most accounting functions including payroll; state and federal taxes; accounts payable; accounts receivable; church remittances; remittance of offerings to the union, church and school invoices, statement, and reconciliations; bank and investment reconciliation; and monthly and year end journal entries and adjustments. Nathan is the point person for many HR functions including new employee hiring, health care, and retirement.  Nathan also is the primary person for church treasurers to contact for software support and assistance in helping them complete their monthly remittance of offerings to the conference.  New treasurers often need help learning the software and even experienced treasurer often need help with adjustments and fixing problems that are out of the ordinary. 



    Laryssa Barlow serves as Administrative Assistant for:


    * Administration

    * Treasury

    * Planned Giving & Trust Services  

  • Bette Wheeling


    Bette Wheeling serves as Administrative Assistant for:

    * Education

    * Youth/NSO

    * Communications

    * Church Ministries

    * Health Ministries

    * Ministerial

  • Linda Schaffner

    Children's Ministries Coordinator

    The Children’s Ministries department provides Montana's local churches with training that enables local ministry leaders to effectively minister to children and their families.


    Our department functions primarily to equip and train lower division Sabbath School, Vacation Bible School, and outreach leaders, teachers, and families in the methods of effectively reaching and the discipleship the hearts and minds of millennial children with the love of Jesus. 


    HEALTH ministries DIRECTOR

    Adventist Health Ministries’ mission is to demonstrate God’s love by promoting whole person health principles to Adventist church leaders, members and the community at large, assisting people from all ages, gender, and ethnicity in reaching their full potential for wholeness and a productive abundant life. Health Ministry is the gospel of Christ illustrated, the message of God practiced. Without it, the gospel witness is muted; it is merely a theory, an idea.

    Our main aim is for each church in the Montana Conference to become a center for health, healing, and wholeness in the community where people may increase their health awareness, learn to incorporate standards for healthful living, and find restoration in Christ for a hurting body, mind, or soul.

  • Debbie Payne

    Prayer ministries coordinator

    Prayer is a significant part of everything that happens in the Montana Conference. Each committee, retreat, meeting, and presentation begins with a season of prayer seeking God’s wisdom and insight. Led by director Debbie Payne, Prayer Ministries includes volunteer prayer partners who assist with the many events throughout the year. Every week, prayer partners gather to lift up the needs of the conference, departments, and office personnel. Every pastor and principal is lifted up by name, along with every Montana Conference church and school. The prayer request list is updated each week and a prayer email is periodically sent to prayer partners throughout the conference. Thank you for praying for the needs of the conference and its leaders.