Our Pastoral Team

Richard and Hope Stewart

Richard and Hope Stewart

Senior Pastor

Pastor Richard came to Bigfork Chapel in 2005. He and his wife Hope, have two grown children who are married and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family, and being outdoors. He is the son of missionary parents that served for many years in South America.

Pastor Richard has a strong desire to see people encounter God in a way that fosters an authentic, life changing relationship with Him. He is also deeply committed to seeing the church function as a true “family”.

Nicholas and Summer Van Oort

Nicholas and Summer Van Oort

Associate Pastor

Pastor Nicholas has been on staff at Bigfork Chapel since late 2009, and now serves as Associate Pastor, overseeing church ministries as well as coordinating service details and logistics. He and his lovely wife Summer have two children, a daughter, Madeline (age 6) and a son, Ethan (age 3).

 

Nicholas enjoys playing guitar and writing songs, and anything relating to technology. He is a huge fan of Apple products and can often be seen with at least three different devices nearby. Nicholas and Summer enjoy hanging out with friends and participating in events in the community, and above all they treasure time spent relaxing with family and enjoying life in the beautiful Flathead valley.

Deborah and David May

Deborah and David May

Children's Pastor

Pastor Deborah felt called into children’s ministry at age 19. She has attended Bigfork Chapel for 24 years and has taught every children’s class offered. Besides homeschooling her 7 children (for a total of 28 years), Deborah has also taught daycare, preschool, special needs kids, French and 4-H classes.

One of her hobbies is reading and recording testimonies of modern-day miracles. Deborah’s passion for child evangelism stems from her readiness to receive Christ at age 6, followed by a 10-year delay before hearing the gospel.