Joel Carlson

Lead Pastor

Joel’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership to the elder team, identify and train future leaders, 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, Joel worked as a staff pastor at Dry Creek Bible Church in Belgrade, Montana, overseeing the Music Ministry. He led a team in the planting of Emmaus Road Church in 2016. Joel has completed degrees at Montana Bible College (Bozeman, MT) and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA). 

Joel and his wife, Jessica, have four children. 


Trent Powell

Associate Pastor

Trent’s main responsibilities are to help guide the regular life of Emmaus Road Church, oversee the various ministries of the church, provide theological counsel, and periodically preach and teach the Word of God.

Trent has lived in Montana for almost a decade and he considers Montana to be home for him and his family. Before coming on as a staff pastor, Trent served as a pastoral intern for two years at Emmaus Road Church. Trent graduated from Montana Bible College (Bozeman, MT) in 2021, receiving his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies with a Pastoral concentration.

Trent and his wife, Rebecca, have two children.