meet the staff

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  • keith Johnson


    Keith has been pastor at Life Covenant Church since 1991. He and his wife, Nina, have two daughters.  Originally from Minneapolis, MN, he attended Wheaton College with further studies at North Park Seminary. Keith came to Helena in 1979 as a youth pastor. He later served as a missionary in the Congo from 1984-1991.  Email:

  • Neil Botts

    pastor of discipleship and administration

    Neil is married to Autumn and they have two kids, Anara and Sebastian. After working twelve years in various fields of management, banking, and workforce development, Neil became a pastor in 2003. Having served a church in Alaska for ten years and a church in Rhode Island for five years, he joined the staff of Life Covenant Church in July 2018. Neil is passionate about doing whatever he can to help the church flourish in forming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who, naturally, make other disciples.  Email:

  • matt swider

    pastor of youth and worship

    Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute and continued on to graduate school at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Before coming to LCC in January 2009, Matt served at Elim Baptist Church in Chicago, beginning as their Worship Leader and later serving as their Teaching Pastor.  Matt’s favorite past time is getting to know people better over a great cup of coffee.  


  • Deanna Carlson

    children's ministry director

    Deanna Carlson is a devoted follower of Jesus with a rich history in education. She has taught PE, Mathematics, German, Elementary School, Science, and a coach for the Science Olympiad. She has 12 years experience. She also has experience in many areas of ministry helping with Vacation Bible Schools, MOPS, and has been on a Child & Youth committee. 




    Jolanda is originally from the Netherlands. Jolanda, her husband Damon and her two children lived in several states, as well as in Europe, before settling in Helena. Jolanda studied at Montana Bible College in Bozeman and has worked with teens for 10 years. 



    administrative assistant

  • michelle McGuire


  • diane kristensen


  • doris sparks

    life covenant church preschool teacher

    Doris has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University and has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years. She and her husband Rick live in Helena where they raise their four children.  Email: