Mission Bible Fellowship pastor Ken Wutzke, right, his wife, Pat, left, and
their daughters, Jen (back left) and Laura. G. Noland photo
by Suzanne Vernon
For the Pathfinder
April 16, 1998
Mission Bible Fellowship in Seeley Lake recently welcomed a new pastor and his family. In January, Ken Wutzke, (pronounced "wood-ski") his wife, Pat, and their two daughters Laura and Jen, moved to Seeley Lake from North Dakota.
Ken Wutzke pastored churches in North Dakota during the last ten years. He grew up in that state. While working in the ministry, he also operated the family farm, raising grain and sunflowers.
Wutzke is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Oregon. Following his graduation, he served in churches in Oregon and Washington before moving back to North Dakota.
The move to Seeley Lake came at the invitation of Mission Bible Fellowship and Village Missions, which supplies pastors to independenet rural churches all across the Northwest and Canada. Wutzke is happy to be here.
"We're excited to see what God is going to do," he said, adding that the congregation of Mission Bible Fellowship has given his family a warm welcome.
Wutzke, who said he is enjoying community activities, also has several hobbies. "I golf, I hunt, I tinker," he said. However, he emphasized that he probably "got enough of tinkering" on the family farm.
Pat Wutzke is also excited to be in Seeley Lake. "We love the mountains," she said, adding that, "wherever God has put us, he has always given us a love for the country." Pat said her family looks forward to hiking in the area, and she also would like to learn how to quilt. Daughters Laura and Jen have become involved in several local activities. They enjoy the Youth For Christ program here, and also participate in the Missoula Home School Volleyball program with other girls from the Swan Valley. Laura is 18 and will graduate from high school this spring. Jen is 14, and is currently also homeschooled.
The Wutzke's have two older sonsJared, who is in the Airborne Rangers at Fort Lewis, and Ben, who is a medic in the Army serving in Korea.
Ken Wutzke looks forward to meeting more people in the community. Mission Bible Fellowship recently hosted a Promise Keepers conference, Men of Integrity, which was well-attended by men from the Blackfoot, Clearwater and Swan valleys. Wutzke said he is especially interested in men's discipleship. "I have a burden for that in the ministry," he said.
The purpose of a church is five-fold, Wutzke explained. The church grows warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism, he said.
"We want to do those things in Seeley Lake," he explained.
In addition to Bible studies, the nondenominational Mission Bible Fellowship offers programs for women, home Bible studies, the Adventure Bible Club for elementary-age children on Tuesday afternoons, Vacation Bible School during the summer, and monthly prayer breakfasts. Sunday School begins at 9:15 every Sunday, and worship services are held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with fellowship afterwards. Special services on holidays such as Easter and Christmas, will be announced.