Meet Our Staff

Dan Morgan

Senior Pastor
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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.

“I am grateful that you have chosen to find out more  about High Plains Community Church. Our church family exists to serve God by introducing people to a  right relationship with Jesus Christ, leading believers to purity of heart and nurturing all in a life of Christ-likeness. Here the Bible is treated as the very Word of God and  our aim is to know it and obey it because, in God’s Word, we find the way to heaven.”

“God is doing wonderful things in hearts and lives within our congregation. We invite you to be a part of that. Our welcome to you is based on the fact that we exist to serve you, not to be served by you. Jesus freely gave Himself for all of us; we can do no less than freely extend our hearts and hands to you.”

“Please don’t hesitate to contact me, if I can be of help to you spiritually or answer any questions you might have about our church.


  • Wife: Liz
  • Children: Jonathan, Stephen and Bethany
  • Grandchildren: 3

Topics on the Bookshelf:

  1. Theology
  2. Church history
  3. General history

Dan Knust

Youth Pastor
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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.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

Lori Matheny

Children's Director
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Lori Matheny has served as the Children’s Ministry director since the fall of 2007. Prior to this new position, she gleaned experience over 12 years at home, raising her two kids.

Our vision for children at High Plains Community Church is the “Three S” philosophy: Seek Jesus and learn who He is; Surrender to Jesuswith all their hearts; Serve Jesus by discovering their God-given gifts and using them to glorify Him. We are committed to partner with parents to help accomplish these.

Children: “…the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16) The children’s ministry volunteers and I have a strong passion to see these children be saved and grow in their walk with God for all their days.

Now that my kids are youth-age; let’s face it, kids are bombarded on every side with everything the devil can hurl at them. Why not equip them with the firm foundation as early as possible.


  • Scott
  • Kolby
  • Sydney

My life verses are:

  • Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
  • Phil. 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus

My Candy Dish:

  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Atomic Fire Balls

Places to Escape:

  • At home with my Family
  • Dream escape is Italy


Jessica Urman

Worship Leader
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Jessica is a born and raised Gillette native. After graduating high school she went on to get a degree in Vocal Performance, mainly opera. Jessica and her husband Casey were married in 2011. The two enjoy going to concerts, travel, and lazy evenings at home with their dog, Copper. Jessica has been a part of music ministry since Jr. High when she joined her youth group band. Since then she has had a passion for music ministry and enjoys nothing more than using her God given gifts for His glory and praise week after week.

“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