HELENA UNITED METHODIST MINISTRY CLERGY TEAM

 
 
Margaret Gillikin – Lead Pastor

mgillikin@stpaulshelena.org

Sami Pack-Toner – Associate Pastor

spack-toner@stpaulshelena.org

I grew up in Sheridan, Montana and attended college in Great Falls. After graduation, I continued to live in Great Falls and work at a gymnastics academy while exploring a call to ministry. I also attended the Walk to Emmaus  in Helena. A year later, I found myself packed up and moving to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School for seminary. Over those three years, I worked in different churches as an intern, lifeguarded on campus, and continued to work toward ordination. I was appointed to Choteau and Pendroy UMCs following graduation and moved back to Montana. 
 
While serving Choteau, I met Shane, got involved with golf league, and a workout group. We started some new outreach ministries, read lots of books, and watched a lot of TED Talks during my time in Choteau. One of our goals was to begin conversation about topics that we usually avoid at church. By creating a safe space, we all learned more about ourselves and connected with others over generational lines.
 
Shane and I were married in May 2016, and we live a pretty adventurous life. We enjoy hiking and dirt biking, golfing and skiing. We are excited to get settled here in Helena and find more adventures! I am excited to begin a new chapter in my ministry here with the community of Helena and continue to create safe space for people to experience God.
 
 
Anna Viehland – Associate Pastor
 

I grew up in Florida and became a Christian in my late teens. While attending Florida State University, I felt compelled to help others experience the same life-changing, unconditional love of God and began pursuing my call to ordained ministry. I attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC before returning to Florida to serve as a pastor in 2017.

While in seminary, I met my husband Daniel, who is also a pastor. We were married in May 2019 and after years of listening to him gush about his beloved state, I made the trek from the Miami area to Big Sky country. I’m grateful to be here in my new home and even more grateful for the opportunity to serve with HUMM.

I’m most passionate about pastoral care, justice, children and family ministries, and worship. In my spare time, I love to read, write, sing and do just about anything in the arts. Daniel and I are frequent travelers and he is excited to show me all the beauty Montana has to offer. I’m also an animal lover and enjoy spending time with our pets–a border collie mix named Auggie and two cats, Henry and Marilla.

ST. PAUL’S STAFF

 

Rev. Kelly J. Sloan – Coordinator of Children’s Ministry
 
Kelly and her husband, Jim, live on Trout Creek outside of York. Kelly obtained her B.S. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986, traveled to mainland China in the first year Westerners were welcome to study in China, and obtained her Masters in Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in 1991. Kelly was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that same year at St. John’s Lutheran in Helena. She served 8 Lutheran congregations in eastern Montana for 9 years. Since 2000, Kelly has focused her energy and intellect in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health. Kelly and Jim share many adventures together, including building a house from the bare ground up, mountain and road biking, back country skiing, playing in a recreational hockey league, kayaking and building projects around home. In the past, Kelly has skied to the North Pole, trekked to Machu Pichu, hiked the Great Wall in China and participated in whale migration studies.
Dominic Tuttle – Coordinator of Young People’s Ministry
I’m incredibly excited to be serving the community of St. Paul’s UMC! My responsibilities include planning, organizing, and implementing studies, devotions, and events for the students of St. Paul’s, grades 6-12. I also offer support to Young Adult Ministry and always seeking to integrate the many stages of education and pastoral care, i.e. we’re one church and I hope to see everyone helping one another!

I love spending time with my wife, Hannah, and my 2-year-old, Sienna! I greatly enjoy hiking, baking, making stuff, reading, music, playing percussion, singing, juggling, hitting the gym, and playing games of all sorts!

Hailey Cole – Finance Manager

I am so happy to be part of the staff here at St. Paul’s and alongside the congregation. My responsibilities include paying bills, tracking spending (including running numerous different reports for staff, committee members and parishioners), creating yearly budgets alongside the pastors, depositing the Sunday offerings weekly, reconciling the credit card statements monthly, ordering office and janitorial supplies as needed, and providing front desk coverage.

When I am not working at St. Paul’s, I nanny a five-year-old girl and we enjoy playing outside, baking cupcakes and trips to Big Dipper Ice cream. My hobbies include baking French Macarons, reading, taking Barre, Pilates, and Yoga classes, as well as traveling as often as possible. I am also currently studying to attain my Yoga Teacher Training certification, and have begun teaching a Gentle Yoga Class weekly at Loft Studio.

 

Dr. Maren Haynes Marchesini – Worship Director

I was born and raised in Bozeman, MT (a seventh-generation Montanan!), where I began to sing and play cello in elementary school. I attended college at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where I earned my BA in Cello Performance. I then spent a year with the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a volunteer with immigrants and unhoused people in Tucson, AZ, before returning to the Pacific Northwest for graduate school. I earned by MA (2012) and PhD (2017) in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle where I studied the role of music in the rise and fall of a controversial Seattle-based megachurch. While in graduate school, I served as Minister of Music at Ballard First Lutheran in Seattle, and then moved to Berkeley, CA, where I directed music and arts for chapel services at Pacific School of Religion. My husband Michael and I moved to Helena in 2016, and I currently co-direct the Helena Youth Chorus, the Helena Youth Orchestra Advanced Ensemble, play with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, and teach courses in music at Montana State University. I am delighted and honored to serve the community at St. Paul’s UMC in Helena! 

 

Angie Cejka – Office & Facilities Coordinator
 

My name is Angie Cejka (that’s pronounced “Chay-kuh” for those of you not familiar with the letter-salad method of Czech spelling!) and I recently joined Helena’s United Methodist Ministries as the office manager and facilities coordinator. If you need something, I’ll do my best to make it happen with speed, grace, and precision. My goal is the be the glue that holds the office together. I moved here with my family in 2016. My husband Greg is a shop and welding teacher at Helena High; we have a 20-year-old adopted nonbinary nibling named Lupe and a 6-year-old biological son named Charlie. We moved here from Togiak, Alaska and while we miss the ocean, we’re learning to love the mountains. In my spare time, I create fiber arts such as cross stitch and crochet, read fantasy and horror novels, and I love to cook. If you see me out and about, make sure to say hi!

Sienna Knott – Communications Director
 
My name is Sienna and I am very excited to be joining St. Paul and Covenant’s families. As Communications Director I am responsible for maintaining our websites, applications, social media, bulletins, power-points, and any other graphic or media needs that may come up! I just moved to Helena from Durango, Colorado about a year ago, My fiance and I bought a house and have an adorable 1-year-old son named Cayde. We also have three fun cats in our family! I love all the tech in our modern world and spend my free time (the little time that Cayde is napping)building computers, playing video games, music, and sewing or cross-stitch.

Fay Buness – Organist
 
As organist/pianist I provide music for the enhancement of the worship experience. I accompany the choir, vocal and instrumental soloists, and frequently play for weddings and funerals. My recreational time includes exercise, gardening, singing and entertaining. In the summer when I’m not teaching voice, Dave and I enjoy traveling out of state to visit our children and grandchildren.

Rob Bonnes – Sound Team Coordinator rob.stpaulssoundteam@gmail.com

I’m the lead person for “all things sound” at St. Paul’s – whether it’s running the sound booth on Sunday mornings, assisting with sound/media and lights for special events, working with Livestream broadcasts or updating equipment and coordinating volunteers. We have an amazing sound team at St. Paul’s with highly skilled technicians.

 

Sarah Cook – Nursery Assistant