Our Team

 

Charley Carpenter

Lead Pastor
In August of 2011, Charley, Katie, and their two girls (Faith and Grace) moved to Bozeman, Montana, in order to help people take the next steps on their spiritual journey and start what we know of today as Venture Church. For years, God has been impressing upon their hearts that He really is who He says He is and that He offers the the greatest life imaginable. It all started when their oldest daughter Faith was born 11 weeks early (at 29 weeks). She was born at 2 lbs. 7 oz. and they were told for days that she wouldn’t make it through the night. As they walked through the process of loosening the grip on their lives and allowing God to work, they experienced the grace, the mercy and the presence of God in ways that have forever changed them.

Moving to Bozeman was another “step” that God was asking them to take, and one they can’t imagine missing out on.

After moving, they committed to serving the community for 6 months before they launched their weekly celebration services. From that time, several people have experienced freedom from addictions, seen their marriages restored, and their lives have been transformed as they’ve submitted themselves to Jesus. In the process of this new church being birthed, they also gave birth to a son, Asher, and a daughter, Selah.

As they enjoy this next chapter in their lives, they’re excited to see what God has in store for them. They look forward to meeting you and sharing many years with you here in Bozeman.

 

Tara Erlenbaugh

Venture Kids Director
Tara was born and raised in San Diego, California. Later, she made her home Gillette, Wyoming for 15 years. Tara moved to Bozeman in August 2016 with her husband Chris. They were married in 2009 and together they have 4 children; Brendan, Axl, Gabe and Peyton. She enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible, coaching, working out and being out doors any chance she gets. She wants to experience everything God has to offer her!

Tara is the Venture Kids Director with Venture. She first heard her calling to serve God in this way while volunteering and leading Life Groups at their church in Gillette. She feels called to passionately spread Christ’s love in innovative ways, help children experience Christ and become who they were designed to be.

 

Becky Boone

Admin Assistant

Becky grew up on her family's small country farm in mountains of Northern CA, this gave her a great love and appreciation for the outdoors and working hard. Both which made it easy to move here to the Gallatin Valley in 2016, following her husband Dale’s retirement from the Air Force. While she and her family have enjoyed an exciting military life traveling around the world, after 11 moves they are ready to sit still for a while and enjoy Bozeman and the beautiful state of Montana. Dale and Becky have two boys, both with fabulous wives – and one new granddaughter.

Becky joined the Venture team as Administrative Assistant in December 2018. This decision was a huge step of faith and is radically changing the way she had previously saw her life and where she thought it was going. It is both an exciting and intense story she is thrilled to be in the middle of and is eager to see how each next chapter reads as she continues to learn and relearn to trust God and His best for her, and what He’s equipping her for next!

Kirk Keller

Connections Director
Kirk and his wife Ramona are long time Gallatin Valley residents.  Kirk spent nearly 30 years in corporate America and Higher Education before joining the Staff at Venture Church. He has a heart to teach, lead and encourage others.

“When I first visited Venture Church, I was quickly impressed with how Venture lives out Jesus’ teachings of loving God, loving people and serving others.  I give thanks and appreciate the opportunities we have to serve others.  What a privilege to be part of this team!”

Kirk joined Venture Staff Fall 2017 and serves in a part time position.  He is focusing on building up our teams and coordinating new guest connections.

He has a passion to share God’s creation and frequently invites others’ to share in his back country treks.  “Being still before God in His wilderness is pretty special here in the Rocky Mountains. I love sharing the quietness found on our rivers, lakes, trails and mountain tops!” 

John Paszkiet

Greater Impact Director
John and Corina are long time Bozeman residents along with their kids, Ezekiel and Naomi. They love Bozeman due to its diversity, its beauty, and its access to the outdoors and all its activities.

John is the Director of a non-profit that was born from the desire to give people a hand up in their time of need. John has gotten to witness God and the local church transform people’s lives first hand. “It’s amazing when you get to play a part in God radically grabbing a hold of someone and giving them a new start, and the hope that comes with that.”

Organizing Serve The City projects is another one of the ways John gets to partner with Venture. These service events are an opportunity to bless the community as well as hang out with and get to know each other better as they are actively “Being the Church”.

The Paszkiet’s love being part of Venture where they get to cultivate new relationships and be part of a group that loves people and isn’t afraid to get out into the community and serve.