Meet our Staff
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Dan Morgan - Senior Pastor
Raised in Oregon, he began his pastoral ministry there followed by pastorates in Michigan and Indiana. He came to Gillette in the fall of 1999. He holds the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Divinity degrees and has over 30 years experience in the ministry. Pastor Dan's family includes his wife Liz, three children, and three grandchildren.
Dan Knust - Youth Pastor
Dan Knust worked in the mining industry for 26 years. In addition to his career in the mining industry, Dan served as the volunteer Junior High Youth Director at High Plains Community Church for 8 years. Before that he volunteered as a small group leader in the Junior High ministry for 5 years. In September 2014, Dan left his career in the mining industry to follow God’s call on his life to move into full time ministry as a Youth Pastor. Dan is married to Rachael and has three grown children, daughter Jennifer and two sons Tyler and Taylor. He also has a granddaughter and grandson, both born in 2018. Dan earned a Certificate of Ministry from Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry in March 2014.
Tanner Sandvick - Jr. High Director
Tanner was born in North Dakota, but moved to Gillette when he was 5 years old. He attended our youth programs at HPCC from junior high under Pastor Dan Knust, and on through high school. Tanner went on to attend Hastings College in Nebraska for four years before marrying his wife, Katie, and moving to Montana. Tanner and Katie met and began their relationship while attending HPCC youth group activities in high school. While in Montana, Tanner was employed at a coffee shop/church that met in the downtown area of Missoula for a year before moving into a children’s pastor position. Tanner has felt the call to pastor within the church for a while, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wesley Seminary. Tanner enjoys drinking good coffee, hiking, playing tennis, and reading in his free time.
Tanner’s hope is to prepare the junior high students for the spiritual and life challenges that they are going through and will go through as they move into high school.
Katie Sandvick - Children's Director
Katie was born and raised in Montana, then moved to Gillette when she was a sophomore in high school. At HPCC’s youth events she met her husband to-be, Tanner. After high school, Katie went to the University of Wyoming for two years and then transferred to the University of Montana to earn her degree in Elementary Education. In the summer of 2017, Tanner and Katie got married and began their marriage in Missoula, MT while Tanner worked in youth ministry at a church there. Katie has a strong passion for caring for children and hopes to someday counsel young children in some capacity. Katie enjoys baking, playing tennis and other sports, hiking, and spending time with family.
Jessica Urman - Worship Leader
Jessica has been serving as HPCC’s worship leader since 2017 but has been involved with worship ministry since she joined her youth group band in junior high. This sparked an interest in worship ministry that God has graciously allowed her to pursue. After high school she went on to get a degree in vocal performance, mainly opera. In 2011 Jessica married her high school sweetheart, Casey. They are self proclaimed coffee addicts and enjoy quiet evenings at home with their two brittany spaniels, Copper and Annie.
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” – Psalm 104:33