The Bishop: The Rev Jessica Crist is Bishop of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
A resident of Great Falls, she
is married to Turner Graybill, a retired attorney.
They are members of Bethel Lutheran Church
in Great Falls, Montana.
They have two adult children-Rhiannon, who is a professor in the religion department at Rhodes College
in Memphis, and Raphael, a student at Yale Law School
Bishop Crist grew up in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Divinity School.
Prior to assuming the office of Bishop, Pastor Crist served as Associate to the Bishop for 5 years, and Director of the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology
for 18 years.
She served congregations in Great Falls, Montana, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started in ministry as a campus pastor.
She served on the Transition Team that helped put together the Montana Synod from the predecessor churches, and was elected Synod Secretary at the Constituting Convention.
served in that capacity for 12 years.
She has worked with the Montana Association of Churches for many years, including serving as President, and as part of the teaching staff for the Lay Ministry Institute.
community service over the years has included chairing boards for the local YWCA, the PTA and the hospital's Women's Health Board.
writes a monthly column for Montana Woman Magazine
Bishop Crist was elected Chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops.
She currently serves on the Board of the Montana Association of Churches, on the Board of Luther Seminary, and on the Board of Lutheran World Relief.
She is a member of the ELCA Task Force on Communal Discernment, the Bishops' Liason Committee for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and the Bishops' Domestic Ready Bench.
L-R Bottom row: Ms. Lisa Jahraus, Ms. Sue Ost, Bishop Jessica Crist, Rev. Amanda Liggett
Bishop Jessica Crist (2019)