STAFF & LEADERSHIP
We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great volunteers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.
TEEN MINISTRY LEADER & INTERIM PROGRAM LEADER
I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI... Go Packers! (I have to get that one in there.) I have been an entrepreneur officially since I was a Junior in High School, my main focus was in IT. I started serving in ministry leadership in 2002, at Green Bay Community Church. In 2003, my focus and heart quickly changed towards outreach. I served with Young Life in Green Bay, as a volunteer leader and volunteer team leader, at Bay Port High School until 2012. It was then, the Lord called my wife and I on staff with Young Life in Bigfork, MT. I served as Area Director until 2016. The Lord closed that door, and through months of prayer, the vision became clear for a new ministry, Grounded. I'm so excited for this ministry, I am honored and humbled to be leading the charge. God has done so many amazing things for my family and I, and we continue to see confirmations from God surrounding our hopes and prayers for Grounded. I know there are even greater things to come! Currently, I also have an consulting company Truckey Enterprises LLC, and owner of Ink Innovators LLC (Ink and toner sales.)
I've been married to an amazing woman, Marci, since 2006. (Yes, I married up!) We have 5 kids... Sierra, Noah, Micah, Ellie, Leia. (We also consider Danny, Logan & Devin our bonus sons.) We have a Bernese Mountain Dog, and two cats. We love to go hiking, camping, swimming, floating Swan River, hunting, fishing, skiing, ice skating and more. We are so blessed to call Bigfork home, and so excited to be a part of Grounded here!
OFFICE MANAGER/HR MANAGER
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Moved to Montana when I was a child. I grew up right here in Whitefish, MT before leaving for college, in Oregon in 1994. I met my husband, Collin Mitts, in Coos Bay, Oregon where we lived and got married in 1995. I also became a Christian in 1995 with the surrounding influences in my life at that time. From 1994-1997 my husband and I were involved with a youth ministry called Young Life in a small town called Reedsport, OR. In 1997 God moved us to Montana, were we continued to do youth ministry through out local churches youth group and also thru Young Life.
We had our son Matthew, also known as "Little Preacher Boy", in 2006, He keeps us on our toes and now feeds into us his understanding of his Lord and Savior. We have learned so much about our God thru his eyes. For my family, outreach is a life style, not a choice. We believe the Lord is always on the move, and we are willing to risk everything to see His name be dominate in the lives of those around us. In 2016 God has given us another opportunity to serve him, through Grounded Inc, but with a wider scope of reaching multi generations.
Collin and I are business owners, right here in the town of Bigfork. Our businesses are CM Quality Insulation Inc & Olive Branch Bookkeeping. My favorite things to do would involve hanging out with my family and friends, camping, hunting, fishing, yard work, and reaching others with the Word of God with the gifts God has given me. I am so blessed to call Bigfork my home, and so blessed to be apart of a ministry that brings generations together.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR & TEEN MOM COORDINATOR
My name is Marci Truckey, and I've been married to Brian since 2006. We have 5 beautiful kids together, plus 3 bonus sons, and a home full of love and chaos. I have been in youth ministry since 2006, but it wasn't always my main focus. I became a mom at the age of 19, and ultimately didn't begin my relationship with Christ until the age of 24. As I came to know Him more and more, I had a desire to pour into young people who were like me (in my teen years)... alone, lost and lonely. As soon as God blessed me with the chance to do ministry with teens, I loved every second of the fun, the friendships, and the opportunity to show them how amazing God's love is. Eventually, I felt there was a group of teens that wasn't being reached out to enough. After being in Montana for a year, the Lord led me to a teen mom camp in Oregon, and I fell in love with that ministry. Knowing exactly what it's like to have your world turned upside down by an unexpected pregnancy, and all the challenges that follow...I knew this was exactly where I wanted wanted to be. I started the ONLY teen mom group in the valley in 2013, and I haven't looked back. Over the past few years, we've seen that the challenges moms face go beyond the teen years, and have expanded to working with moms in their 20's, starting in 2017. As the coordinator, I hope to not only provide the moms with love and support from Christ-centered mentors, who are also experienced moms, but free food and childcare. We also strive to offer resources that guide moms in parenting, education, and in future careers.