Pastors and Ministry Directors
Daniel S. Lambert, Senior Pastor
Daniel holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Baylor University in Waco, TX, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and a Doctorate degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary from their extension on the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary campus in Cochrane, Alberta. Daniel married Vicki back in 1989 and they spent their first two summers traveling up and down the west coast of the United States. It was during those years that God confirmed a call to serve in the northwest. Daniel came to Easthaven at the age of 26 and has been the pastor here since 1991. Daniel and Vicki have two children; Daniel William and Adrianna. Their family enjoys camping, snow skiing, pizza and movie nights at home together, and traveling. Daniel is an avid hunter and loves being in the outdoors. He has a deep commitment to seeing others come to faith in Jesus Christ, planting new churches and mission work around the world. The Lamberts have found their home here in Montana.
Vicki Lambert, Director of Worship
Vicki was born and raised just north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where her parents still live in the house they brought her home from the hospital to at birth. She is very blessed to have wonderful Christian parents who took her to church and taught her of the Lord all of her life. She accepted Jesus as her Savior as a young girl during a school chapel service where the speaker challenged the students to place faith in Him much like they do in a chair when they sit down. That picture helped her understand the importance of putting her trust in Jesus and her life has never been the same. Another significant part of Vicki's childhood was music. She started taking piano lessons when she was around 7 years old and has been tickling the ivories over the course of the years since. She also developed a great love for singing very early in life and participated in church and school choirs for many years.
Vicki holds a Bachelor degree in Education from Louisiana State University and spent several years teaching children in both public and private schools in Louisiana, Texas, and Montana. She married Daniel in 1989 and after he finished seminary a couple of years later, the couple relocated to Kalispell for him to pastor our church. Little did we know that our new pastor also came with our new worship director and Vicki has been serving the Lord and beckoning us into His presence every Sunday since those early years. She loves being a mom and is very active in her children's lives. She teaches elementary Latin at Stillwater Christian School and accompanies their chorale program. Vicki loves traveling and spending time with her family, both here and back in Louisiana. She loves music, camping, snow skiing, all kinds of sports, and entertaining people in her home. She leads the musical portion of our morning worship services, directs our praise bands and loves inviting others to worship the Lord Jesus.
Joey Gardner, Associate Pastor
Joey’s family started attending Easthaven when he was in sixth grade and he loved his years as part of the youth ministry here. He graduated from Flathead High School in 1983 and went to the University of Washington where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he spent six years in the Navy where he was stationed in San Diego, Japan, Moscow (Idaho, not Russia) and served onboard a destroyer in the Gulf War.
In 1993, Joey and Debby were married, and soon after they headed to California for seminary. While receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as youth and family minister at a church in Vallejo, California. Joey and Debby returned to Kalispell in 1998 and he has served as an associate pastor with us here at Easthaven since March of 1999. They have four boys: Caleb, Josiah, Jonathan, and David. Joey’s primary area of ministry with us is working with high school and college students.
Matthew Fitzwater, Associate Pastor
Pastor Matthew worked for nine years for Western Montana Mental Health Center as a case manager working with seriously emotionally disturbed children and later as a supervisor. He studied and obtained his Montana license to practice counseling and then started a private Christian counseling practice. Matthew has been on staff at Easthaven since September 2004, serving as counselor, and overseeing grow ministries. You will also find him preaching fairly often at our e3 service.
Andy McPeak, Associate Pastor
It is this journey that brought him to begin ministry here at Easthaven Baptist Church in November 2006. His main responsibilities include the direction and oversight of IGNITE, our Middle School Ministry and leadership of our Sunday night service - e3.
In December 2007 Andy married his longtime friend Bekah and they are loving life together! He is presently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta. When Andy and Bekah are not at the church working on some aspect of ministry or studying, they are most likely out hiking and enjoying the beautiful Montana outdoors!
Peter Bergen, Associate Pastor
Pastor Peter Bergen was born and raised in Nebraska. He had Christian parents and trusted Christ as Savior at a young age. He graduated from Bob Jones University and took graduate studies for pastoral ministries. He also studied preaching, management, evangelism and discipleship at Bethel and Dallas Seminaries.
After graduation he was director of Omaha Youth for Christ. Peter served as lead pastor for 21 years and minister of pastoral care for 13 years. While serving as pastor in Minnesota, Peter was also Chaplain and Prison Fellowship Bible Study leader at Sandstone Federal Prison. Since moving to Flathead Valley he has been an interim and pulpit supply pastor.
Peter met his wife, Edwina on a rainy day in front of the Post Office on the Bob Jones University campus. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.
Peter’s favorite scripture is, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us to him be glory in the church." Ephesians 3:20, 21
Frank Shelt, Associate Pastor
Frank Shelt was born and raised in Kellogg, Idaho. He married Karen right after graduation from the University of Idaho with an undergraduate degree in Education. Frank was commissioned in the United States Air Force and spent nine years flying the F-4 Phantom aircraft.
It was in the Air Force that Frank and Karen were introduced to Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation. From that point on they have been serving in various churches as Lay Leaders, teachers, and interim pastors.
Frank was called to Casas Adobes Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ as a full time pastor in 1993 and served as a minister with the senior adults, single adults, men’s ministry, crown ministries and outreach service ministry. Karen has served on the staff of missions and women’s ministry.
Frank and Karen have one child, Kristie, who is married and teaching at a Christian school in Tucson. Both are excited to be in the Flathead Valley and being able to serve the Lord at Easthaven.
Dean Landis, Children's Ministries Director
Dean is a native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. He was blessed growing up in a Christian home (Mennonite). He came to Christ at the age of 4 through the sharing of the wordless book, at a Christian camp.
Dean is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and holds a Bachelor degree in Biblical Education from Western Bible College, now known as Colorado Christian University in Denver.
Dean married Lori Rendall, from El Paso, TX in 1993 and they are blessed with 5 children which they home school--Hannah, Joel, David, Jonathan and Elizabeth. Dean and his family have been in the Flathead since 2005.
Dean and Lori run a Bible camp on the Blackfeet Reservation. They started this summer ministry as Glacier Meadow Lodge in 2004. He has been involved with Christian camp work for 35+ years.
Before moving to Kalispell Dean helped start Jackson Hole Bible College, in Jackson Wyoming. He worked as the Dean of students for three years and led the creation science field trips. He has also been in Real Estate for 16 years.
Dean’s favorite Biblical topics are: Creation Science, Prophecy, and Apologetics.
Dean is excited to be “on board” equipping the saints and making disciples as a fellow worker in Jesus Christ.
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