Pastor & Elder

Jeromy Emerling

Jeromy was born and raised in Billings. He graduated from Northwestern University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with degrees in Biblical Studies and Journalism, and spent the first fifteen years of his post-college life working with marginalized communities in Christian community development work. Besides serving as a Pastor for several interim churches before being called to First Christian Church, Jeromy has also served as a trainer and mediator in the realm of biblical conflict resolution. The best part about our Pastor is his family; Jeromy is married to Deborah, and together they have five biological children, one foster child, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, and whatever else shows up on their doorstep. When given the chance, Jeromy enjoys fly-fishing, rafting, backpacking,walking, rock collecting, and anything else that allows him to be outside.

Pastor & Elder

Wes Muller

Wes grew up in Billings and after 22 years, God brought him back to serve Him here. He has a beautiful wife, Leslie and two amazing daughters, Addalee and Ellie. Wes went to bible college in Florida with a two-year plan that God turned into 10 before He saw fit to direct Wes back to Billings. He has experience with small church ministry as well as large church ministry and a diverse church background enabling God to use him in many different areas. Two areas he is really passionate about are teaching and small group ministry. He loves the outdoors but in reality, he is a workaholic and seldom gets out to enjoy it. His greatest pleasure comes from watching others grow in their relationship with the Lord to where they hear God’s voice on their own and step out in faith following Him.


Bob Hofmann

I have a been a member of First Christian Church for nearly seven years and an elder for around six years. I have lived in Montana all of my life and was raised in a Christian family. At about twelve years of age, I encountered Jesus personally and have sought to live my life in accordance to His will ever since. I have attended several different churches with different denominations during my life. Learning from the varying doctrines has given me a broad scope of knowledge. In addition, I have had the pleasure of having several mentors who are great theologians to teach me God’s nature, purpose, and plan. I would enjoy the opportunity to share some of this knowledge with anyone who seeks it.


Matt Krivonen

Matt has a big heart for people and for God. His life is filled with six kids and his wonderful wife, Laura. He pursues God through running in the morning, prayer, reading, working relationships, and trying new things.

Office Manager

Cindy Wodrich

My family and I joined First Christian church in 2015 after a season of searching. With young kids at home, and no real community, we finally found the place we "fit." In September of 2016 I joined the staff as office manager. My husband and I have four children; one daughter, and three sons. Our kiddos keep us very busy these days! We are avid cheerleaders for their activities and have loved watching softball, football, soccer, choir, and band, to name a few! We have loved finding our community at First Christian church and we are proud to raise our children in such a welcoming environment.


Julia Kroll

My family and I have been members of First Christian since 2020. My husband and I were married here at First C in 2022 and I have been on staff since September 2023. I love this place and look forward to raising my kids in this church and growing closer to God.

Children's Ministry

Danielle Eldridge

I have been attending First Christian for the last 2 years. My husband and I are raising 2 active boys. Growing up, church family was always an important part my life and one of my biggest support systems. For our family, becoming part of this church family was a result of a thoughtful, prayerful, and reflective faith journey. I am passionate about working with children both at church and in my professional life, as a child counselor. In Mark 13, Jesus says “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” I find so much joy in children’s curiosity and excitement for learning about God. I am excited to foster children’s growth and learning and to work with so many caring adults to help grow our children in their faith walk.

Youth Ministry

Calvin and Jess Peterson

I love worship and have been leading worship since I was 15. It is an incredible honor and it’s what brought our family to First Christian in 2021. My husband Calvin and I have been in Montana for 9 years. Before that, we were born and raised in Minnesota. I have a degree in Youth Development and Biblical Studies and have a passion for discipleship through relationship with teens. We have always been involved in worship and youth ministry since we were teenagers and we love serving First Christian in this way. We are blessed to have two little girls and another on the way! I love homemaking and outdoorsy things. It's a joy to be part of the family here at First Christian and we are so grateful the Lord brought us here.