Our Staff and Leaders


Office Staff

Kristi Alderson - Office ManagerKristi Alderson
Office Manager

Kristi has been attending Bigfork Chapel along with her husband Steve for 8 years and has been our office manager since 2008. Kristi grew up in California; riding and training horses as well as showing on the Paint horse circuit. She has worked in bookkeeping for over 15 years and enjoys reading and the outdoors, including camping, fishing and hiking. Kristi also loves spending time with her dog (Spring) and cat (Ziva).










Ministry Leaders


Violet Fortune - Intercessory PrayerViolet Fortune
Intercessory Prayer

Violet has been attending Bigfork Chapel since 2005, and has led our intercessory prayer team for nearly 3 years. She is a firm believer that God draws you closer and reveals himself through studying scripture. She has attended a local Bible study fellowship every Tuesday for over 8 years, which is where God first called her to be a prayer warrior. Violet believes that God is at work in our community and a large part of that is because of the faithful prayers of the body and the commitment that Bigfork Chapel has to prayer. Violet has 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. She enjoys ceramics and sewing, as well as cooking. Her main hobbies are studying scripture and playing puzzles online. She says it’s very addicting.





Pastor Richard Stewart - Men's MinistryPastor Richard Stewart
Men’s Ministry

Pastor Richard leads our men’s ministry. He believes that every man can reach their God-given potential. He enjoys sports, and all types of outdoor activities, including hunting, rafting, riding horseback in the mountains, and fishing.







Gordon and Penny Durham - Missions

Gordon & Penny Durham

Gordon and Penny joined Bigfork Chapel in 1992.  They have been involved with Royal Rangers, taught Sunday school and bible quiz as well as being very involved with missions for many years. They have traveled on numerous missions trips around the world and within the state of Montana. They have been working in Native Ministries since 1998.





Don Bissell
Royal Rangers

Don has been involved in teaching and the outdoors for almost 50 yrs. First as a Boy Scout, he earned his Eagle rank and became assistant Scout Master. As an adult he joined Royal Rangers as a local commander and was on the Montana District Staff for 20 years.

Being Ordained by the Assemblies of God, Don has also served as Associate Pastor of a small church. Today he works full time, teaches Bible studies, leads the Royal Rangers and is an NRA firearms instructor.





Nicholas Van Oort


Nicholas has been part of the worship team at Bigfork Chapel since 2008, and has been leading worship for over nine years. His love of music began at an early age and has grown beyond just a passion for music, but also for worship and above all else, seeing God’s people enter in and truly worship their Creator.