Billings First Church

leadership team

Built in 1889, Billings First Congregational Church (BFCC) is deeply woven into the fabric and history of Billings, Montana. BFCC is a courageous congregation and community with a vision for a just world for all and a mission to reconcile our past, serving others in our community and around the world through positive social action, justice, and love of neighbor, children and creation. 


If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at info@firstchurchbillings.org

  • Lisa K. Harmon - Senior Pastor

    It’s a call. It’s a practice. It’s remembering who we are in soulful, joyful belonging.

    I am called as Minister of Healing and Transformation of beloved community.


    Through my ministry and works, I have endeavored to embody the example of Christ in my life, in the work that I have done and in the work that I do today in all settings whether at a city council meeting, at the Montana State Legislature, on the streets in downtown Billings, in a hospital setting, or at the font and pulpit. I continue advocate and work on behalf of those experiencing homelessness, with the addicted, with marginalized populations within the native community, and LGBTQI+ community, with the stranger, the immigrant and the refugee, and across the spectrum of community.


    The embodiment of the life and ministry of Jesus has taken many shapes and forms in my life over the years as I taught high school French and German, created a cause-related, award-winning, national company, and served as witness on various community boards and commissions that made compassionate and just gains for the City of Billings and Yellowstone County. I have served and continue to serve on boards like the Native American Coalition, Community Innovations, Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness, the YMCA, Billings Cultural Partners, the International Downtown Association among others.


    A 500-hour certified, trauma-informed yoga instructor, I teach 2-3 classes a week. I teach at the Montana Women’s Prison, having started a program there, at Passages, a pre-release center, at Billings First Congregational Church (weekly class), and am a substitute at a private studio.


    In my years of community work, I knew that God’s spirit was working in me; I knew that God was in our midst in the beloved and broken community that I was called to serve.


    I am called by God, called by community, deeper into community. This is who I am, a minister of the United Church of Christ.


    Elisabeth (Lisa) Kopanski Harmon.  Read More

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  • Marcus Frye - Youth Director

    I grew up in Eastern Wyoming and spent lots of time camping, hunting, and fishing with my family and friends. While studying Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Wyoming, I began to discern a call to ministry in the United Church of Christ. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, I completed a year long service internship at Coral Gables Congregational UCC in Miami, working to serve housing-deprived members of the community with the Miami Rescue Mission. After the internship I decided to officially pursue ordained ministry and was accepted as a Member in Discernment by the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC. I am currently enrolled at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and moved to Billings in March 2022 with my partner, Nathan. We both look forward to participating in this community. 

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  • Morgan Satterfield - Exec. Administrative Assistant

    Lisa, 

    Can you write my bio. I can't write about myself it's weird lol

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  • William Demaniow - Music Director

    William is a fairly recent transplant to Billings from NYC, having work professionally for two decades in theatre world and Broadway community. His private voice clients have appeared in over 75 Broadway productions ranging from Wicked to Frozen to Phantom of the Opera. He loves dividing his time as a music director, vocal coach, pianist, actor, singer, composer, arranger, and visual artist. The William Demaniow Arts Gallery is located right here throughout BFC. Please visit www.WilliamDemaniowArts.com for more info, upcoming events, or a private gallery tour.

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  • BARBARA gULICK - sPIRITUAL dIRECTOR IN rESIDENCE

    Spiritual Director Barbara Gulick is available for Spiritual Direction either at the church or at her home office by appointment. 

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  • Brandi Skinner - Bookkeeper