Reverend Dwight Welch is our campus minister. Rev. Welch grew up in Miles City and is fulfilling his passion of serving in campus ministry in Montana.
After graduating from the University of Montana, he obtained master's degrees in religion and philosophy at United Theological Seminary and Southern Illinois University. His MDiv is from Christian Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, he has served campus ministries in Kansas and Southern Illinois University.
He currently teaches philosophy and religion department at MSU Billings, is a member at First Congregational, serves on the Disabilities Services Board and Safe Zone committees at MSUB. He has been known to fill pulpits with our supporting churches. He is married to Jim Reindollar and has two cats,
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-763-7990
Current UCM Board Members
Bob Culbertson (President)
Bob is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and has served on multiple levels of church leadership there. He served as the interim president of the board at Eagle Mount.
Trudi Downer (Vice-President)
Trudi is an active member of Molt Congregational Church and represents the first class of students who created United Campus Ministry.
John Greenberger (Treasurer)
John Greenberger is a native Montanan, raised in Great Falls, but he attended college and made his career in Texas. He received a B.A. and M.S. degrees from Baylor in Economics. He has an extensive background in real estate, finance and technology. He started initially with Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. He has worked for publicly traded and privately owned real estate developers and managers, holding positions of C.O.O., C.A.O., C.T.O. and Corporate Controller. Additionally, he was the C.F.O. for UMR communications, a non-profit publisher in Dallas, that published materials for churches and printed the United Methodist Reporter.
He has been active in his churches, teaching children in Sunday School, working as a deacon and chairing various church committees such as Finance and Church Life. He currently sits on the board of Plains Justice, an environmental group and the Yellowstone Art Museum.
He has a son with two children living in Princeton and a daughter with two children living in Houston.
Shari Dayton (At Large)
When she was chairing ‘College Connection’ at First Presbyterian Church a UCM Board member invited her to join the Board. That was 18 years ago. During that time we have seen some changes, especially in our fundraising and reaching out to the community. But the one constant that holds her passion is fulfilling our pledge at baptism that we will care for these persons and provide ministry throughout their lives including during those college years.
She has been a member of First Presbyterian for the 35 years she has lived in Billings. Her volunteering runs the gamut from baking cakes for our carnival to scheduling speakers for a Sunday School class.
Works in custodial at MSUB
Rev. Doug Johnson
Is a chaplain at Billings Clinic
John is the only Lutheran on the UCM board and
attends King of Glory Church in Billings. John is a retired diagnostic radiologist and worked at St. Vincents for 35 years. He served in the army. He is a part of the lay pastoral associates to be able to do worship services and communion serving. John's wife is an attorney and they have two sons. One is a pastor and one is a pathologist. He has three grandkids.
Jeffery is our student board representative, our student president, and our peer minister at UCM. Jeffery is a junior in history at MSUB and involved with the Student Drama Club and the Gaming Club.
Carol was invited to be on the UCM board as the MSU-B campus representative in 2000 and has stayed on the board since retiring. Throughout her career as an educator (teaching at St. Charles Mission Middle School, mentoring students, teaching education classes and finally as Academic Coordinator for Upward Bound) she had a commitment to all aspects of student well being including their spiritual lives. She represents Grace United Methodist Church. Carol and her husband have a blended family with most members living in other states. They are priority when it comes to traveling.
Rev. Gary Waddingham
The Rev. Canon Gary Waddingham is a Billings native and the retired Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He previously served in Wyoming and on the Cathedral staff in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Bishop’s Canon for the eastern third of the Episcopal diocese of Montana, Diocesan Historian, President of Examining Chaplains, Deacon’s School teacher and treasurer of the Bishop Fox Co. He has five grown sons and sixteen grand children with the seventeenth due in December. Gary is an avid fisherman, a police chaplain, and a collector of ancient coins and seals. More bookshelves are the most useful gifts from his children.
Board Partners and Emeritus (Voice but not vote)
Marc Stewart (UCC Conference Minister)
Judy worked at MSUB as the Associated Students of MSUB Lawyer and is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Walt Gulick is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies at MSUB. He first joined on the UCM in 1975 and has served almost all the years on the board since. A member of First Congregational United Church of Christ downtown, Walt has served on many committees and boards around town, including terms as president of the Billings Symphony and president of the Montana Association of Churches. He and his wife Barbara enjoy traveling, and Walt has taught in 7 different countries, including three years at a UCC mission school in Turkey.