Pastor & Staff

Dr. Gary & Betty Randall

Senior Pastor

Pastor & Mrs. Randall came to us in September of 2000 after accepting the unanimous call of the 17 remaining members of Elmwood Baptist Church. The church had fallen on extremely hard times, and with nearly a quarter million dollars of debt was facing foreclosure within 8 months of Pastor Randall’s arrival.

Many miracles have taken place since 2000 as the Lord has blessed the faith of the people of EBC as they rolled up their sleeves and began the work of reaching the lost for Christ, baptizing them on their professions of Faith in Christ and then teaching and grounding them through a Christ Centered Biblical Ministry.

EBC has moved steadily forward in establishing several ministries specifically designed for various age groups, with the goal being to reach souls for Christ, and teaching them to reach others!

Today hundreds of people call EBC their “Church Home”, and decisions for Christ are made every week! When asked “How did Elmwood Baptist turn around?” Pastor always praises the Lord and says “3 things God will always bless and honor … Preaching the Word … Praying in Faith … and witnessing to the Lost” … it is Biblically guaranteed to bring success.”

Pastor & Betty have been married for 44 years, and have 35 years of ministry together. God has blessed them with 5 children; 4 are awaiting them in Heaven, and their oldest daughter Chassidy with her husband Tim, Pastor the Florence Baptist Church in Florence Montana. God has also blessed the Randall’s with 5 beautiful grandchildren, Lorissa, Justin, Jonathon, Cherith & Brandon, and 10 Great-grandchildren.

Pastor’s life verse is I Corinthians 10:13,

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We have dedicated a page to Dr. Randall & Betty’s amazing testimony, From Behind Bars to Behind the Pulpit.

Pastor Chris & Lori Knutsen

Associate Pastor
Music Director/Out-reach Evangelism

Pastor & Mrs. Knutsen joined the Staff at Elmwood Baptist Church in December 2000 and is in charge of the music ministries, Out-Reach Evangelism, and the “Abundant Life” Adult Bible Class on Sunday, and the “Foundations Class” on Thursdays.

The Knutsen’s have been used of the Lord in building and directing Church Music Ministries for more than 27 years. They have served with Pastor & Mrs. Randall since 1995, where they have lead very Christ centered and dynamic Music and Youth Ministries in Montana and Colorado.

The Knutsen’s have been blessed with 3 children; Amber, Kim and CJ. Kim and her husband, Chris, pastor Horizon Baptist Church in Thornton, Colorado and have also given the Knutsen’s 2 beautiful grandchildren, David & Jaqilyn. CJ. and his wife Brandi, are assisting Chris and Kim is this church plant, and have a given a 3rd grandchild Jethro.

On June 8, 2000, the Knutsen’s oldest daughter, Amber, was tragically killed in a triple fatality automobile accident. At her funeral at least 15 people were saved. The Lord has continued to use her to reach others for His glory. You can read her testimony on Amber’s tribute page.

“I have seen his ways and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him…”Isaiah 57:8

Pastor Brandon & Meghan Bowser

Assistant Pastor
Youth Ministry

Pastor & Mrs. Bowser joined the Staff at Elmwood Baptist Church in December 2020. Pastor Bowser is in charge of the Youth Ministry at Elmwood Baptist Church, teaches 5th-8th grades in the academy and leads the “J1ST Teens” Teen Bible Class on Sundays.

The Bowser’s have, in the short-time in ministry at Elmwood, grown to love the teens and are excited for the future of our youth . They have served in the ministry for over 15 years, in the Chicago area, California and in Alabama, before landing here at Elmwood.

Pastor Bowser and his wife have been blessed by God with 1 child, and are trusting that God will grow their family as HE sees fit.

“I have seen his ways and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him…”Isaiah 57:8