Who We Are

We are a Christian community, gathered in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana, placed here by God to joyfully reach out to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. We are from many walks of life and many different places, but we are connected by faith in Christ. If you’d like to know more about what we believe, please see our What We Believe page.


Pastor: Shawn Osborne

Shawn Osborne was born and raised in Moorhead, MN. He graduated high school from Oak Grove Lutheran School in 1989. He graduated from Concordia College – Moorhead, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity degree.

Upon graduation from seminary, Shawn was commissioned in the US Navy as a Chaplain, doing four active duty tours (Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ; USS Port Royal; Naval Submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor, HI; Recruit Training Command-Great Lakes, IL). He then transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 2018 and has since been the Command Chaplain for SEAL Team 17 in Coronado, CA. Pastor Shawn also served six years in the North Dakota Air National Guard in Security Forces and three years active duty in the Army as a Ranger.

During seminary, Shawn was a youth pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Underwood, MN and recently at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in Lake Villa, IL.

Pastor Shawn has been married to Karen for 21 years and they have two children: Lydia, 18 (just graduated high school) and Seth, 17 (he will be a senior this fall).

Office Manager: Chris Miller

Chris Miller has served as Bethany’s office manager since 1995. She has been married to her husband Russ for 50 years.

Organist/Pianist: Karen Bradstreet

Karen Bradstreet has led our congregation in singing during worship since moving to the Flathead in 1963. She plays organ for our traditional worship service, and piano with our worship team for the informal service. She and her husband Charlie have many grandchildren.

Congregation Council

  • President: Jan Olson
  • Vice President: Mike Nelson
  • Secretary: Jack Bartlett
  • Craig Asmus
  • Doug Buffington
  • Eddie Crutsinger
  • Kelly Jorgenson
  • Sam Schurke
  • Leoma Taylor

Council Minutes can be found here.