Ministry Team

Ted Ethridge

Senior Pastor

Our senior pastor, Ted Ethridge and his wife, Cheryl, have been serving at CC Bozeman since 1997. Together they served the youth for four-plus years, and in 2002, Ted stepped into the role of senior pastor. His passion is to teach God's Word verse-by-verse so that the church grows in their knowledge of Christ and becomes more like Jesus. Ted also has a heart for evangelism, missions, and has been privileged to lead teams from CCB to India, Turkey, and other countries throughout the years. Cheryl leads the women’s ministry at Calvary and loves to disciple women in the fellowship, especially giving encouragement to the downtrodden. Ted and Cheryl have three children: Stephen, Isaac, and Anna.

John Merkovsky

Worship / Administrative Pastor

Pastor John is our longest tenured associate pastor and has served in multiple ways at CC Bozeman. John and his wife Michelle met at Calvary Chapel Bible College and have been serving the body here since 2004. They served in our youth ministry for several years and transitioned to other areas as the church has grown. John currently co-leads our worship ministry and also helps in the teaching ministry at Calvary. In addition, he serves as an administrator overseeing various ministry leaders and the day-to-day affairs of the church. Michelle is also a faithful encourager in the body and spends much of her time caring for and homeschooling their four children!

Dale Fricke

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Dale and his wife Denise were saved at Calvary Chapel in Prescott, AZ where they quickly grew and began to serve in ministry. After being raised up as an assistant pastor, Dale served on staff for a number of years before he and Denise followed a call to Montana to come alongside Pastor Ted and the body at CC Bozeman. Dale cares for the the flock through counseling, men's ministry, and as the head of our security team. He also serves as a Chaplain for the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. Denise spends her time ministering to women as well as leading our midweek meals ministry. Together they have three grown sons, John (MacKenzie), Joshua, and Jacob (Elisabeth) and two grandchildren.

Josh Pummel

Assistant Pastor

Josh & Emily met while attending Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, CA and married in August 2021. Together they serve the College Ministry at CC Bozeman and love the discipleship opportunities that it brings. Both have been a part of outreach trips throughout the world and are excited to be a part of what God is doing to make disciples in all nations. Josh started attending CC Bozeman in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the verse-by-verse teaching style and he knew that God was calling him to begin serving this body. Originally from Nevada, Emily moved to Bozeman when she and Josh got married, and has been involved in the leadership of college group and also serves in the kids ministry.

Dennis Balian

Worship Pastor

Dennis and Joni have been an integral part of CC Bozeman since 2007 where the Lord has used them as a godly example of Christian living within the body. Dennis co-leads our worship ministry, serves as an elder and also serves as an assistant pastor. Joni serves in various ministries touching lives and discipling women as the Lord opens opportunities. Dennis and Joni came to Christ shortly after their they were married in 1983 and have continued to grow in their walk with Jesus, impacting many lives in the Gallatin Valley during their years here. The Balians have 10 grown children (nine of them married) and an ever-growing number of grand kids!

Marco Najera

Spanish Pastor

Marco and Susana came to Christ just before they were married in 2005. After they moved to Bozeman and began attending Calvary Chapel in 2009, the Lord did a brand new work in their hearts as they began to grow under verse-by-verse Bible teaching and meeting other believers desiring to grow in Christ. They quickly began to serve in various ministries and in 2017, Marco took over as lead pastor of the Spanish ministry. He and Susana open their home weekly for bible study in addition to leading Sunday services. The Lord has blessed the Najeras with six children: Marco, Ebony, Isaiah, Samuel, Santiago, and Matteo.

Will Darling

Youth Pastor

While serving the Lord overseas, Will met his wife Svetlana in Russia and the two were married in 2015. After serving the youth at Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, the Darlings moved to Will's childhood hometown of Bozeman in 2018 and began attending Calvary Chapel. They quickly began serving in various ministries and have been leading our youth group since 2020. Will and Svetlana bring a lot of joy and energy to the fellowship and are loved by the youth! They have been blessed with three daughters, Mira, Mercy and Rada.  

Tim Price

Kids Ministry Director

Tim and Andrea first started attending Calvary Chapel in 2010 and have been serving in the body ever since. Both Tim and Andrea were raised in Christian homes but  it was in college that the Lord got ahold of their hearts. Since then, they both have had a zeal to serve Christ and love His people. After college, Tim served full-time with Cru and now cares for the body as one of our elders. Tim & Andrea began leading our Wednesday evening kid's program  in 2018; in 2023 Tim stepped in as our overall Kid's Ministry Director. Tim and Andrea were married on Valentine's Day 2009 and have  been blessed with three children.

Kam Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Tony and Kam were married in 2007 and began attending CC Bozeman in 2015 where they have become an instrumental part of the body here. Kam is our administrative assistant and is a big support in the day-to-day operations of the church. She also comes alongside Cheryl as a leader in the women's ministry where she teaches the weekly evening study. The Lord has used Kam's gifting and availability to meet many needs in the fellowship. Tony has a big heart for missions, traveling overseas to teach, to serve, and to supply for the needs of the saints. Tony & Kam have been blessed with two  girls: Markelle and Shaylee.

Peter Barnhart

Facilities Supervisor

Peter began attending CC Bozeman in 2017 and after volunteering many hours in the cleaning ministry, came on staff in 2019 as our head of facilities. Peter is also our resident prayer warrior! He can be found around the church wiping and intereceding for the saints alike. Peter is a huge blessing to the body at Calvary. Peter has a grown son, David, who along with his wife Gracia, are a vital part of our worship and sound ministry.

Calvary Chapel Elders

The Lord has also blessed our fellowship with godly elders who, along with the pastoral team, faithfully pray for and care for the spiritual needs of the flock.
Dan & Theresa Miller
 Steve & Carly Merriman
Tim & Jane Wilkes
Tim & Andrea Price
Jim & Theresa Goveia