Zach Bechtold, Pastor
Zoe & Ryann, daughters
Along for the adventure in ministry is my wife of almost 12 years, Mikel, and our two daughters, Zoe (12), Ryann(6) and our son Noah (9). Zoe and Noah are very excited to start school here in Choteau, and Ryann is excited to have the opportunity to be home with Mikel and join me in the office and pastoral visits from time to time.
The Bechtold’s made it to Montana by way of Texas and New Mexico. Mikel and I both grew up in Plainview, TX a small town in the Panhandle between Lubbock and Amarillo. We met while working in youth ministry in 2003 at FUMC in Plainview and were married in the same church in 2005. We spent several years working with youth in Plainview, Tulia, and New Boston, Texas before making our way to New Mexico in 2011 were I was the Executive Director of the New Mexico State Wesley Foundation for 3 years and spent time as an Associate Pastor at FUMC in Hobbs, New Mexico and Associate Pastor at Grace/Tularosa Merger in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
I received my BBA in General Business from New Mexico State University in 2016 and a Masters of Divinity From Iliff Theological Seminary in 2019. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, Colorado Rockies baseball, woodworking, playing the guitar and singing with Mikel. I also host a weekly podcast with my friend and colleague Rev Matthew Franks who is a Methodist Pastor in Oklahoma.
August 1, 2017 I was been appointed to be the Pastor of Choteau, Brady, and Dutton UMC’s, and as a family, we couldn’t be more excited and eager to be a part of these communities and churches. We feel truly blessed and excited to be called to begin this new adventure in ministry in Montana and the Mountain Sky Conference.
“Do Good, Do No Harm.”