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Our Story

In The Beginning

… and two Christian Reformed families found their homes in Helena. They were around 100 miles away from the closest Christian Reformed Church. These folks began meeting informally on Sunday evenings, and Rev. John Moes would occasionally come down from Conrad to lead Bible studies. Through a survey conducted in April of that year by about 30 people from Manhattan area churches, 400 homes were visited in every part of Helena. The results were obvious. There was a great need for a Reformed and orthodox witness in this city. In September 1978 Classis Columbia authorized First Church in Manhattan to call a full-time missionary. By October, Joe Moes was called to the work. This first small group had no building of their own, but God was faithful. On April 27, 1980, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on 7.5 acres of land on the corner of Green Meadow Drive and Franklin Mine Road. Our 5,800 square foot church building now stands where it does in part due to our first pastor's labor. We have members of our church today who physically built the structure in which we now meet. Much help in labor and money was given from the Manhattan area churches. On July 24, 1981, the governor of Montana, Ted Schwinden attended the dedication. One of the unique aspects to the building was Pastor Moes' vision for a green house. Not only was this used to grow plants and some veggies, but it also worked to heat the building and warm the water.

1980's- 90's

… who has since gone on to his eternal reward, was the second pastor of GMCC. This dear brother pastored the flock at GMCC from 1983-1989. 

Elder Jim served as pastor from 1990 through 2004. This faithful servant of our Lord saw tremendous change. 

The church building was a place of activity during these years. The early 1990's saw children come in from surrounding neighborhoods, and we had a thriving Summertime Vacation Bible School (VBS).

2000's- today

… to 2009, God blessed us with pastor Wilfred Gesch. During those years, there were women's retreats, outdoor barbeques, various family celebrations, game nights in our fellowship hall, and pumpkin carving parties. Once, we even had an open pit barbeque right out front!

From 2009-2014, Pastor Donald L. Jabaay was our pastor until he retired, and then Elder Jim stepped up again to fill the pulpit and minister to God's people at GMCC.

In November 2022, our current pastor, James Reed came to us by the call of God, confirmed by elders, and with the full support of our membership. You can read more about Pastor James “PJ” under Our Leadership tab. We are excited about the future, and we believe there is still work to be done in Helena as God continues to call His people to Himself.

If you want to be a part of our story, come by for a visit. There's a place for you here at GMCC.