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AEC Staff

Neil Hancock
Lead Pastor

Pastor Neil was born in Stuart, Florida in 1973. It was there in south Florida where he grew up attending church and began following Jesus at the young age of 9. It was also there in Florida where he first heard God's call of ministry on his life.

In 1993, at the age of 20, Pastor Neil began in ministry with The New Life Drama ministry out of southern Tennessee. He traveled the country preaching in churches, teaching in schools and performing drama in many places. 

In 2000, he moved to Georgia where he worked in bank management and volunteered teaching in the local church. In late 2001, he met his beautiful bride Stephanie. Pastor Neil and Stephanie were married in July of 2002. They have 3 amazing children; Taylor, Elyssa, and Elijah.

Pastor Neil and his family moved to Great Falls, Montana in April, 2013 where he served as the Student & Family Pastor at Harvest Springs Community Church for 10 years. The first time he visited the Absarokee area was in the summer of 2013 when he served at Beartooth Christian Camp. Pastor Neil and his family immediately fell in love with the entire Stillwater County region. 

He graduated from the Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry in Portland, Oregon on April 24, 2016. Pastor Neil is ordained through the Western Evangelical Conference. His biggest passion is fulfilling the Great Commission and seeing individuals and entire families come to know Christ and discipling them to do the same with those around them.

Pastor Neil loves spending time with his family, coaching and watching sports (especially volleyball, football, & basketball), listening to music (just about any kind, & usually pretty loud), spending time in the mountains, and having great conversations with friends. Other than the Holy Spirit... He is mostly fueled by coffee and pizza!! :-)

Denise Cline
Ministry Assistant

Denise loves baking, reading, sewing, off-roading, photographing God’s glorious creation, music, working at Special K Ranch, and generally helping people. She’s from southern Arizona, loves the heat, and has been in Montana since 2000 - but still not a fan of the cold! Denise loves Jesus & attends Grace Fellowship Church here in Absarokee.

Ministry Overseers

The following individuals have responsibility for these various branches of ministry for AEC.  Please contact them with your questions and concerns.


Chairman of Overseers - Marvin Schieldt

Discipleship - Ed Hamilton

Evangelism - Elija Mahoney

Fellowship - Bob Brown

Stewardship - Alan Buell

Worship - Mo Sowards


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