Joel Carlson

Lead Pastor

Joel’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership to the elder team and to to advance the mission of Emmaus Road Church through preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Joel was born and raised in Montana and has lived in Bozeman since 2012, after completing two enlistments with the US Navy on the East Coast. He graduated from Montana Bible College in 2017 and worked as a staff pastor at Dry Creek Bible Church in Belgrade, Montana, prior to leading a team in the planting of Dry Creek South, which later became Emmaus Road Church. Joel is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joel and his wife, Jessica, have three children: Daniel, Olivia and Thomas.


David Oard


David’s’ primary responsibilities are to handle the finances, direct the elders in making business decisions, and lead the financial advisory team.

David was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He attended Northern Montana College in both Havre and Great Falls to complete a Computer Information Systems degree. He attended Montana Wilderness School of the Bible in the early 1990s. He was married to Tasha in 1996. Two years brought two sons, Jeremiah and Jacob, followed by a move to Bozeman to complete a Computer Science degree at Montana State University. During that time their third child, Elena, was born. After about 20 years in Bozeman, David and his wife Tasha now have joyfully received a daughter-in-law, Colette. David and Tasha are delighted that for now, all of their children live in Bozeman and attend Emmaus Road Church.