Pastor Tim Tostengard
Although a native of the Upper Midwest, I have come to love the big skies of Montana. I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, Jamestown, ND, and then graduated from high school in St. Paul, MN. Further education included a B.A. in English from Augustana College in 1984 and an M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska in 1987.
In 1991, I graduated from Lutheran Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul. I have served pastorates in Spokane, WA and Decorah, IA.
My wife Marcia and I have a blended family that includes five children: Annika 26, Renee 23, Jessi 20, Eli 19 and Zach 18. They keep us on our toes, and it is a delight to be a part of their lives. My hobbies include reading, skiing, golfing, gardening, and drinking a good cup of coffee. In 2000, I came to serve at American in Billings. I feel privileged to serve this mission-minded and caring congregation. We would love to have you worship with us and consider making us your community of faith.
Pastor Elizabeth Sillerud
While a Minnesotan through and through, I am excited to be living and doing ministry here in Montana for the second time. After being raised on a beautiful Minnesota lake, I attended Boston College, earning a degree in Art History in 2002.
A year as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps brought me to St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana and then on to seminary. I received my Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut and my Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California.
I served my internship in rural Battle Lake, Minnesota and acted as pastoral assistant at my home church for five months prior to my ordination and first call here at American.
Since moving to Billings, I have married my husband, Erik, and we welcomed a daughter Marit in September of 2013. We recently added our son, Soren, in October of 2015. With a toddler, infant, and a dog at home, life is crazy, busy, loud, and lots of fun. We are blessed to raised our family in this community of faith. We hope you join us.
Kristin Rapacz- Director of Volunteer Ministries
Rochelle Buyse- Director of Youth, Education & Families
Sydne DeBusk- Administrative Assistant
Jana Barz- Administrative Assistant/Community Life Ministries
Toni Wagner- Church Custodian
Sue DeVries- Congregational Life
Sue Johnson- Evalgelism
Duane Loken- Property
Jessica Edwards- Finance
Brian Sunwall- Personnel
Kathleen Garibay- Worship & Music
Kristin Lundgren- Outreach
Stephanie Rickbiel- Youth