leading people to life in jesus

The only way to experience true fulfillment is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ and being connected with other believers; fulfilling the mission God has assigned to you.

We can help you accomplish this in four ways: 

our mission

Pastor Paul’s passion is reaching people who are far from God with the life-giving message of Jesus.
He and his wife, Amy, have four grown children: Caleb, Jordan, Austin and Olivia. They’re very proud grandparents of four adorable granddaughters and two grandsons as well as multiple litters of puppies.

meet the team

Senior Pastor



olivia sanford

NextGen- Kids

doug greenman

Operations & Building Expansion

david rivera

NextGen - Students

paul goodman

special sauce

joe sanford


melissa thomas

Operations - Admin

not pictured:
da'mar hodge - creative pastor
Isaac Abelin- Facilities - Custodial
beth munro- bookkeeper
melissa puyear- nursery director

Seth munro 



Congregational Care & softer Sunday






Facilities - Custodial

Forrest Skinner 

young adults

krista west


our story

During some of the most difficult days of our nation’s history, the Great Depression, two bold women felt led by God to establish a church in the capital city of Montana. With a passion to see lost souls won for Christ, they let nothing hold them back. 
Their mission lives on in the DNA of Helena First. We’re deeply committed to helping people develop a relationship with Jesus and live a fulfilled life! While the Gospel Message has never changed, our methods of presentation have in order to remain relevant in our ever-changing culture. 

Over the years, our church has met in various locations, including rented facilities, and at the old St. John’s Lutheran Church building (11th and Logan). We built at our present location in 1966 and have secured property on McHugh Ave. for future expansion. We’re committed to reaching Helena for the long haul.
Bridge Assembly was birthed by Helena First in 1994, and functions as an independent work. 
Paul Feuerstein has been our Lead Pastor since 2007. Since his arrival, through the work of the Holy Spirit, we’ve more than doubled in size as we continue the legacy of reaching out to people who are far from God with the life-giving message of Jesus. We’re excited about what lies ahead!


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“I’ve been attending Helena First with some close friends since around March. I have never once left without feeling so much love, having an open heart to God and meeting and hearing from some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” 


– Sabrina Nicole Ivie