meet the staff


Click a person's email address to contact our staff directly.

General inquires or don't know who to contact? Email: lynnette@lifecchelena.org.

  • keith Johnson

    Senior pAStor

    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: keith@lifecchelena.org.

  • Neil Botts

    pastor of discipleship and administration

    Neil is married to Autumn and they have two kids, Anara and Sebastian. He worked twelve years in various fields of business and workforce development. Neil 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.   Email: neil@lifecchelena.org

  • matt swider

    pastor of youth and worship

    Matt is happily married to Brittany, and they both love life in Montana.  He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Before coming to LCC in 2009, Matt served as a pastor at Elim Baptist Church in Chicago.  Besides working with teenagers, Matt loves to ski, fish, hike, camp, and drink coffee.  Email: mattswider@lifecchelena.org.

  • 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.   Email: deanna@lifecchelena.org


  • JOLANDA SONGER

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY DIRECTOR

    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. 

    Email: jolanda@lifecchelena.org

  • LYNNETTE SENA

    administrative assistant

    Lynnette has lived in eleven different states and in four different countries before moving to Helena in 2016. She and her husband, Cory, have a son and a daughter and two dogs. Lynnette graduated from Oklahoma State University in Aviation Science and has had various jobs in aviation and experience working in a youth wilderness camp. She has been involved with Women’s Ministry and serves with the middle school youth program. Email: lynnette@lifecchelena.org

  • diane kristensen

    bookkeeper

    Diane has worked as a bookkeeper or in an office administrative role in Christian ministry for over 25 years. She and her husband just celebrated 26 yrs of marriage and they have one son, Samuel. Diane and her family have lived in Helena for 10 years.

    Email: bookkeeping@lifecchelena.org

  • 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: preschool@lifecchelena.org.

  • Rob Lucht

    Facilities Maintenance & setup


  • christian carlson

    facilities Setup Assistant