WHO WE ARE
Trailhead Church is built around the idea of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in our cities and neighborhoods. We believe that to be an apprentice of Jesus is to order your life around three goals: be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did. Our dream is that as we live this way, our lives, our communities, and our city, will be transformed.

Our Team

Chris and Lyndsey Hornbrook

Lead Pastor & Trailhead Kids Director

We are Chris and Lyndsey and we live on a small farm outside of Kalispell with our kiddos: Ruthie, Canaan, Lily, Shiloh, Halle, and a whole slew of animals. Life is never boring around our place! When not feeding chickens, nursing a calf or tending the garden, we love a good adventure and spending time exploring God’s creation. Our hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, sustainable farming, 4H, mixed martial arts, youth baseball, and taking road trips. Our life purpose can be summed up by a phrase written on a canvas at the top of our staircase that reads “Yes Lord.” It’s a daily reminder of how we want to live this precious gift called life!   

Grant Jacobs

Executive Pastor

We are Grant and Cassie, the proud (and sometimes sleep-deprived) parents of Daisy Mae and Wilde North. We live in Columbia Falls, in close proximity to almost everything that really matters: good coffee, beautiful mountains, and amazing friends. We have been married since 2007 and love traveling together, savoring long meals around our table with friends new and old and trying unfamiliar restaurants. Once the kiddos came along, our list of favorite things began to include sleeping through the night and any meal where the food doesn’t end up in someone’s hair. It’s the little things in life!

Creative Director

Matt Praetzel

We are Matt and Kyla and we have two amazing boys, Bryson and Atlee. We have served together in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) since 2014, helping young people discover their gifts and preparing them to go out into the world to serve local churches and missionaries. We have led teams to 11 different overseas locations on 4 of the 7 continents and that has only fed our desire to serve the global church. Matt has recently launched a new ministry called Mission 91, specializing in equipping ministries to be prepared to meet emergencies. While we have served in many different capacities, our primary focus has been developing new missionaries to use their unique gifts for the benefit of the Church and to spread the Gospel in a missions context.
Church Planting Residency Directors

Bryan & Indra Helmbrecht

We are Bryan and Indra and we have been in full-time ministry for the last twenty years, where our family has grown from just the two of us to now include our six wonderful children! Our journey has taken us from the midwest (Bryan) to Mexico (where he met Indra) to Southern California to the Dominican Republic and finally the beautiful Flathead Valley. We love spending time with people, exploring the great outdoors and seeing the world through the eyes of our children. Between following the Lord, moving and having six kids, we don’t ever anticipate being bored!
Community Care Pastor

Jimmy Karlin

We are Jimmy and Amanda and we have the privilege of being mom and dad to Kirsten, Beckett and Peter. Having met in school, we feel like we grew up together as people and in our relationship with Jesus, deciding early on that if relationships are going to thrive, Jesus has to be at the center of everything. That desire to follow Jesus has led us from the U.S. Navy to serving in Europe with a missions organization to putting down roots in Montana. We have a passion for giving young people a safe space to learn and grow, serving those who experience injustice and providing fitness and nutrition training to kids and their families through a local non-profit called Steps of Justice.
Administrative Assistant

Paige Carter

We are Paige and Matt, Florida natives with a heart to raise our littles (Adeline Grace and Boone Dale) in a family dedicated to the Lord and loving all things in the great outdoors. The Carter home is completed by our German Wirehaired Pointer, Cricket! You can generally find us serving the local church, outside on the patio, or off playing in the mud. Side note: how is there always mud to be found?! Matt serves the community as a full-time firefighter and nurse, and we both are dedicated to raising our children to love the Lord, enjoy and steward this incredible planet we call home and value this precious time together as a family!
OUR MISSION

Trailhead Church exists to help people find and follow Jesus.

What does it mean to find and follow Jesus?

We hear the language “follower of Jesus” all the time, but what does it mean to be a disciple, or apprentice, of this rabbi from Nazareth? Put simply it means you re-organize your life around three goals:

  1. Be with Jesus
  2. Become like Jesus
  3. Do what Jesus did

That’s it. But that’s an entire life’s pursuit. It is not just an event on a Sunday, but a “way” of life in community around the teachings of Jesus. To live this way means we need to be transformed, from the inside out. Is this kind of deep, authentic, radical change of character possible? Really possible? Even in the chaos of the modern, digital world? The answer is: absolutely yes! Through teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit, we can recover our humanity in apprenticeship to Jesus.

The 3 Goals of Apprenticeship to Jesus (Discipleship)

  1. Be with Jesus
    Slow down your life to live at the pace and in the presence of Jesus. Ancient Christians called this “the practice of the presence of God.” Jesus himself called it “abiding.” Discover a life of deep, intimate communion with God.
  2. Become like Jesus
    Be formed in your inner being to become a person of love, joy, and peace in God. The end goal is to take on the inner life of Jesus himself so that the teachings of Jesus become second nature in our everyday life.
  3. Do what Jesus did
    Do what he would do if he were you. Play your part. Fulfill your call. Bring hope and healing as you go about your everyday life. Make your life count for the good of the world and the glory of God.

OUR BIG PICTURE

God has given us a big vision for small towns here in Montana that we hope will inspire a movement of church planting throughout all of rural America.

Our Beliefs

GOD

A holy (without sin), spiritual being, all knowing, everywhere present, eternally existent in three distinct personalities – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit  – one God  (Exodus 3:14-15, John 4:24, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-2).

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus became “God in the flesh.” He was born through the miracle of a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died a physical death as atonement for our sins, and was physically resurrected from the grave (Matthew 1:18-25, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He will return in bodily form as Lord of the universe, to gather his followers and judge those who have rejected him (Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 9:27-28).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Lives within those who believe in Jesus Christ as Comforter and Advocate, and helps us become more like Jesus in thought, word, actions and character (John 16:5-15).

SIN

Men and women were created in the image of God but are now separated from God by sin (Romans 5:12-21).

SALVATION

Faith (belief and trust) in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross is the only way to be reconciled with God (Acts 4:8-12). Salvation cannot be earned; it is offered through Jesus based on grace, not merit. What we couldn’t do for ourselves (reconcile with God), Jesus did through his death on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). God lovingly offers salvation to every person, and every person has the freedom to accept or reject this gift at any time (John 3:16-18). Faith requires repentance (conforming our lifestyle to Christ’s), and results in obedience. Baptism by immersion demonstrates a pledge of our willingness to live for Him (Acts 8:26-38, Romans 6:1-4).

THE BIBLE

The Bible is inspired by God, and is therefore without error or contradiction, and is the sole authority for faith and practice. All our beliefs come from the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15-16, 2 Peter 3:15-16).

THE CHURCH

The Church of Jesus Christ is not limited to any one institution or denomination; it consists of all who have trusted Jesus Christ for redemption of their sins. Trailhead is therefore but one part of the greater Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-17).