EUMC Staff

Pastor WendyPastor – Wendy Ochs

Wendy (Lothert) Ochs was born and raised on a farm in southwest Minnesota. She has been a United Methodist her entire life but was influenced by EUB (her mom), Lutheran (her dad), Baptist (her uncle, a minister), and Catholic (her husband and best friend) traditions as well. She asked Jesus to live in her heart when she was 4-years-old and has been working to serve him ever since!

After graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, with a degree in social work and psychology, Wendy was commissioned as a US-2 Young Adult Missionary for the United Methodist Church where she served at Family Support Network, a non-profit agency in Billings, working with families at-risk of abuse and neglect from 1999-2001. While in Billings, Wendy attended EUMC and was actively involved with the youth group.When her US-2 term was completed Wendy moved back to MN to marry her high school sweetheart, Chris. They soon started their family of three boys and Wendy continued to work with at-risk families and children. In 2009, Wendy accepted the Executive Director position at Family Support Network and her family moved back to MT where her children James (age 11), Abe (age 9) and Alex (age 6) attend Canyon Creek School and Chris works in sales at Lithia-Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge.

Wendy has been actively involved in her churches as a member of the SPRC, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, facilitator of various groups and Bible studies, and fill-in preacher. She is excited about the next journey that God has called her to take!

Office AssistantChurch Secretary – Betty Fridrichson

Betty was raised in Moorhead, Minnesota, but attended the First Methodist Church in Fargo, ND, where she was married and her children were baptized.  The family moved to Billings in 1960.

After raising their children, she and her husband, Eric Fridrichson, attended a Seminary in Florida and Betty was ordained in the Solid Rock Christian Recovery Center Church in St. Petersburg, Florida where she was employed  as the Music Minister and Treasurer until 2003.

Upon retirement, they moved back to Billings, and she now works in our office, as our Secretary, two days a week.  Betty enjoys conducting the worship service some Saturdays before the Free Store opens.
Bev ThornDirector of Music – Beverly Thorn

My husband, Brian, and I moved from California to Billings in 2002, started attending EUM in August, and joined the choir in September. A couple of years later, I began directing the choir. I had previously directed a church choir in California and also currently direct the local chapter of Sweet Adelines. Both of us lead the congregational hymns and praise songs for the worship service. Because we sing in “a capella” groups outside the church, we enjoy any opportunity to create a small group to sing praises on Sunday morning. New singers are always welcome to join in the Sunday morning musical offerings.

My favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:16-25: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.”I’ve been studying this passage for10 years and still have not wrung it “dry”.

When I picture Jesus, the image that comes to mind is dependent on what I’m needing at the time. When I need a comforter, he’s a blanket that covers me; when I need strong direction, he holds a staff; when I’m feeling grateful He sits on the throne reigning over all; I guess the scene at the transfiguration may be what I picture as far as the “man”; Jesus-radiant, shining, beaming his love, but the more I walk with Him, the more he shape-changes to be everything I need.

Bill DickmanMusic Accompanist – Bill Dickman

Bill Dickman, cheese, and the Green Bay Packers all have something in common: WISCONSIN!  Bill grew up in Johnson Creek WI which is 30 miles east of Madison. The family, who are all over six feet in height, consisted of eight children; three girls and five boys of which Bill was the youngest of the boys.

Although Bill enjoys bike riding, hiking, doing a little painting, working with puzzles, and spending time with his wife, music is his passion and pervades his whole being. Besides listening to various types of music, he composes and records music. Bill graduated from Victory Christian, a private high school, in Johnson City. He attended Community College before transferring to the University of Wisconsin where he majored in music and communication and finished at MSUB. In 2009, Bill had moved to Montana where he served two one-year terms with Ameri-Corps. It was here where he met his wife, Katie, who was also with AmeriCorps. While Bill was with this organization, he developed a visual arts program for youth and helped write grants to get instruments. In 2011, Bill went to graduate school in Arizona returning to Billings in 2013.

Bill and Katie have been at EUM since April. He is an extremely dedicated and talented musician, and EUM has been blessed to have him as a part of the music worship team.
Anna BrewerChildren’s Ministry Coordinator – Anna Brewer

When we lost our church secretary, I strongly felt someone needed to be there every day, but I could work only one day; thus I became a Volunteer Secretary. I am also a Lay Leader in the church and help with the children’s One-Room Sunday School. I have taught Sunday School since 1985 when my son was 6 years old and loved (still do love it) teaching Sunday School. I enjoy looking at what we are to use and picking out learning opportunities to fit the short 20 to 30 minute time slot we have available. I like making it easier for the teachers to teach, too. I guess God just puts me in a place where he needs me until someone else would like to learn and take it over.

I love being a nurse and I love helping people. I love to travel, read, ride horses, help with branding, rest next to a river or a lake, visit with family and friends, laugh, dance, share and care. Most of all I love how God has blessed me in my life. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been covered by Him.I have been blessed with a wonderful son and a sweet daughter-in-law who is also very smart and who God blessed for my son. I have 2 dogs, a yorkie and a silky terrier. I have 2 nieces who I consider my daughters. My niece, Lalauni’s children call me GAA, grandma, aunty Anna. I have a step-daughter who has a husband and 3 lovely daughters who also consider me another grandmother.My favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” I also love the Ephesians 6:10-20 – Put on the Armor of God….” and I have always been reminded of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-17 – “A Time for Everything.” Believe it or not, these all reflect on the essence of God and the fact that life isn’t easy, we need His help (strength and armor) to face the times (time for everything) we have before us. Press on to the goal, as Paul so aptly relates, that Christ has set before us, our path that leads to Him.

When I think about Jesus, I feel His love always surrounding me, His ever present strength and guidance beside me, the joy that He gives me living the life he has set before me, the blessings of His spiritual gifts. He picks me up when I am down, as the song goes, and without Him I would not be able to be the person that I am today. That is the life He has set before me and I am living it to the best I possibly can so what I do is a reflection of Him.
Worship Technology
Childcare – Diane Kron

Diane was born and raised in Texas. She and her mom moved to Billings when she was 17. It turned out to be the best move of her life as she met her husband Karmen a few years later and started their family of two boys, Elias, age 8 and Edmund, age 2. Diane is a full-time mom who has recently taken on the challenge of homeschooling. She is an assistant den leader for a Cub Scout troop and loves to work with kids of all ages. Her favorite thing is spending time with her family.

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