Staff Members

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Glenn Burfeind

Pastor
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Pastor Glenn Burfeind was called to be pastor of FPC Kalispell in October 1998.  Glenn grew up in Rochester, MN with his faith journey taking root in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.  Following high school graduation Glenn spent two summers in Glacier National Park and fell in love with NW Montana.  Following graduation from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Forest Management, Glenn and his spouse Deb, moved to Northern California where he worked in the timber sale preparation department on the Tahoe National Forest.  God’s call into the ministry was realized as Glenn graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Glenn has served as associate pastor at FPC Idaho Falls, ID and pastor at FPC Moses Lake, WA.  Glenn and Deb have three children - Chelsea, Kevin and Dan - who are spread out between the east and west coasts of the United States.  Glenn is a passionate outdoors person who enjoys running, biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Miriam Mauritzen

Associate Pastor
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Miriam grew up the youngest of three and attended college in South Carolina.  Even with parents divorcing while I was only ten, my church family provided security, belonging and solid ground from which to grow and explore.  Knowing “whose I am,” I still wrestled for years with “who I wanted to be – for myself, for God.” Growing up in the Bible Belt of the south, Miriam experienced a church saturated culture neglecting racial reconciliation, generational poverty, and gender inequality.  Growing up on the “wrong side of the tracks” I learned a lot about the “other” being simultaneously both the “insider and outsider.”  Music, art, education, sports, church all became vehicles through which I could develop while experiencing a wider world, culture, theology.  With a double major in Religion/Philosophy and Christian Education, I accepted the call to serve as Director of Ministries with Youth and Their Families at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.  Not only did I encounter strong, dynamic women I wanted to emulate but also a worship life, community, and 1st-job-experiences that have forever informed and shaped me.  After this season, I accepted God’s new leading to Princeton Seminary where dynamic friendships formed, theology enlarged, my sense of vocational call developed while serving as a chaplain at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital, Philadelphia’s newest urban Presbyterian mission – Broad Street Ministry, and historic, small town First Presbyterian Church of Madison, NJ.  Now, my husband and I are delighted to enjoy the quality of life and vibrant local community found in Kalispell, Montana and Glacier Presbytery.

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Debbie Bosley

Administrative Assistant
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Debbie is a Flathead native who grew up Lutheran, Missouri Synod, but find she fits very well with Presbyterianism.   She received her Associates Degree in accounting and saw herself as a number cruncher, but God had other plans when He opened the doors of FPC to her.   As Debbie says “I love this church and I love the people, why would I want to do anything else”.  Her employment with FPC has been such a blessing to her as her faith and trust in God has grown by leaps and bounds.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 40 years and has 3 grown children (all live in Kalispell) and 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.   Her hobbies include sewing, gardening, camping, and boating, but most of all, her husband, children and grandchildren are the light of her world.  

 

Treasurer
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Jan Woods

Treasurer
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I am a third generation Montana.  I have three grown children and three grandchildren who all live in the Flathead Valley.  I grew up in this church, was baptized and hopefully will spend the rest of my days here.  When I'm not working you'll find me in my yard mowing lawn, tending to my flowers or weeding the garden.  I love my church and all it does not only for me but for all who call on the Lord.

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Jody Collins

Bookkeeper
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I was born and raised in this wonderful church.  As an adult I relocated and then returned to Kalispell 15 years ago. I have been the church bookkeeper for the past three years.  I love my job and with God's help I will continue to grow in my skills.  I love the staff here and hope to continue on with our mission.

Organist
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Lee Scifers

Organist
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Lee is a native of Montana, who began playing for youth group church services in 6th grade and started playing the organ for church while in high school.

Completed a Music Education degree from Missoula with emphasis in organ and piano.  After teaching public school music for 30 years in the Seattle School District as well as working in several churches as organist, He retired and came home to Montana in 1991 for health reasons.  Lee was added to the church staff in September of 1992, as organist and choir accompanist.  Later he became the choir director and his wife Betsy became the accompanist. They retired from the choral work, but he stayed on as organist. 

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Marilyn Anderson

Choir Director
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We moved to Kalispell in August 2010 from Longview, Washington, to be closer to our 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  Shortly after we purchased our house, Lori and Pete Newbury, Megan and Andrew moved to Vian, Oklahoma to manage Dwight Mission Presbyterian Camp. We joined the church shortly after our move. I began singing in the choir and served as Elder on Session and on the Worship Ministry Team.  This year is my third year with the choir.  The music from the choir is an offering to God.  I thank Him for the privilege of giving Him this offering.

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Diane Melick

Nursery Manager
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I was born in Polson and grew up in Kalispell and have lived here all my life.  I am currently an Elder serving my last term on Discipleship and have also been a Deacon in the past.  I manage the Nursery and help out in other areas when I am able.

Ministry Teams

The ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Kalispell is accomplished through ministry teams who reach out into our community and world with the love of Jesus Christ.  Ministry areas include education, mission, welcome, worship, and congregational care.  Each team is facilitated by an elder or deacon alongside other church members.

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Elders

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The twelve elders of our congregation form the session which oversees the church’s mission and ministry.  The elders coordinate the educational ministries of the children, youth and adults.  They are responsible for the worship life of the church along with the use of the facilities by various organizations in our local community.  They provide a welcoming atmosphere through a variety of fellowship opportunities.  The elders foster a sense of generosity as they encourage people to be active in the life of our congregation. 

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Deacons

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The board of deacons consists of twelve people who reach out to people within our congregation with care and concern.  They make hospital visits, provide for fellowship following worship, help with various receptions held at church, coordinate various outreach ministries, and lead the newly formed covenant groups of our congregation.