Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Charley Carpenter

Head 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 in their relationship with God 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.

Amanda Grenfell

Admin Assistant

Amanda is one of those locals who moved away for a decade, realized she missed Montana, and moved back. Her and her husband, Nick, met in Missoula while attending the University of Montana. Once they graduated, they moved to Colorado and loved their life in the Centennial state.  After struggling with fertility issues, their twin boys were born at 28 weeks while on vacation in San Francisco. During their 12 week NICU stay, they felt God’s presence and peace. Their struggles brought them closer to God and they witnessed His miracles with the boys.
Amanda and Nick decided to move back to Montana to raise their boys closer to family. Amanda is excited to be serving with Venture. She enjoys organizing behind the scenes and watching projects come together! In her family’s free time, they enjoy going to the lake, spending time with extended family and playing outside.

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.

Elyssa Howard

Children's Ministry Director

Though Elyssa Howard has lived in MT, MN, and WY, sometimes her Minnesota accent comes out when she says "bag" funny. Growing up, her mom would have to limit the number of times she could serve in the church nursery each month since she loved hanging with the kids! Elyssa began attending Venture when she started college at MSU and later graduated with an Elementary Education Degree.
Elyssa worked at a Bible camp called Yellowstone Alliance Adventures all through college. She saw God work in many kid's lives by sharing his truth and love and wanted to continue to be a part of it. Elyssa started as the kid's director the fall after she graduated college and is excited to share the hope and love of Jesus to the kids in the Gallatin Valley. When Elyssa is not hanging with Venture kids, she is enjoying time in the outdoors with her family and friends in Bozeman.

Lisa Kleinsasser

Serving Teams Coordinator/Event Planner

Lisa grew up in a small, rural German community near Great Falls, MT. Sie macht gutes Deutsches essen! God radically transformed her life at the age of 12, and she has been a passionate follower of Jesus since. Lisa loves to travel which has given her a love for other cultures, as well as opportunities to see what God is doing in the global church. On her days off, you will likely find her hiking, baking, hanging out with friends, or at a coffee shop. Full disclosure, she is a little bit (maybe a lot:) of a foodie!!

Lisa moved to the bustling Bozeman in 2015, and fell in love with the beauty and culture of Boz-Angeles. She graduated MSU with a B.A in Early Childhood Education and Family Services. She is currently a resident at Venture Church as the First Impressions Director as well as the Events/Projects Coordinator. She is also passionate about pouring into and connecting with her young adult community at Venture. Having seen so many people's lives being transformed as they take the next step in their relationship with God Lisa feels blessed to be part of what God is doing in and through Venture!

Jeremy Tate

Online Ministry Director

With a B.S. in Statistics and more contacts in his phone than you can count, Jeremy is probably the most social nerd you've encountered. After growing up in the archrival city of Missoula, he saw the light and attended college at MSU in Bozeman.
Jeremy loves the challenge of finding ways to use technology to reach people who wouldn't normally want to engage with the Church or hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He also relishes the opportunity to teach and grow leaders and wants to make the biggest impact for God's kingdom he can. When he's not discipling people, songwriting, or enjoying the great outdoors with friends, he likes to "hack" unsuspecting coworker's computers when they leave their emails open. 

Eric Bratke

Venture Intern

Eric grew up in Bozeman and is thankful to call Montana home.  After graduating from MSU with a degree in Spanish Teaching & Education, Eric is now a graduate student at Moody Theological Seminary. After seven summers of serving with Agapé Ministries, he is more excited than ever to be working with students full time.  Eric came to know the Lord as a student himself through summer camp and believes in the power of impacting youth for their next steps.

In his leisure time, Eric takes full advantage of the beautiful mountains surrounding Bozeman. From snowboarding, to rock climbing, he enjoys almost anything outside. However, during the long winter months, he can be found curled up to a movie with a hot cup of tea. Either way with his social nature, he enjoys any hobby all the more with friends or family present. 

Gabby Weber

Venture Intern

Gabby has grown up in the Bozeman area and enjoys all that Montana has to offer. Gabby was a FCA (Fellowship for Christian Athletes) leader for three years at Belgrade High and enjoys working with athletes. Gabby has a well known, well documented story of adversity with two rare diseases that lead to her relationship with the Lord to grow immensely. Her adversity uncovered a passion she had for the student and ministry world, which has led her to Venture Church to be a student ministry intern. Gabby will be attending a Christian school online this spring to get a B.S. in Ministry and Leadership while she continues to work on the Venture team to reach students in the community and help them in their next steps with their relationship with Christ.

In Gabby’s free time she loves to fly fish, hike, and explore the outdoors with her boyfriend, Brayden and her service dog Kona. Gabby enjoys hanging out with her family and supporting both of her sisters in their endeavors. Gabby created a nonprofit organization called One Day at a Time Athletes that is still in the beginning stages. It is focused on injured athletes who need a community to rally around them during their own adversity and have a platform to share their testimonies with the outside world in hopes of inspiring others. She also enjoys reading and is currently writing a book on the spiritual adversity she faced while battling her diseases. If you see Gabby and Kona around Venture don’t be afraid to ask her about her story and give Kona a little pet!