Prayer Requests

Please pray for the people on this page. The newest prayer requests are at the top of the page, and the list will be updated regularly. If you have prayer requests, please start by contacting your District Superintendent.


Pugh Family

Prayers for the family of Jerre Pugh, beloved spouse of retired Yellowstone pastor John Pugh.   Jerre died following a long illness Monday, February 20, 2017. They enjoyed 40 years together. John was pastor of United Methodist Churches in Havre and Worland, Wyoming, moving to Billings where they organized Hope United Methodist Church in Billings Heights (which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016). They also served three years in Laurel. They retired in 1990 and moved back to Billings.

Her life will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, at the Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane in Billings Heights, with a reception to follow at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hope Church, Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena, or a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at 2351 Solomon Ave #301, Billings MT  59102.   Please keep John and the rest of the family in your prayers.


Lane Family

Prayers for the family of the Rev. Tom Lane, retired Yellowstone pastor, who passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017.   Tom served churches in our conference including:  Culbertson/Bainville, Simms-Sun River; Whitehall-Boulder-Basin; Carbon County Parish (Bridger, Belfry, Fromberg, Edgar); Fort Benton-Carter; Grace United Methodist Church (Billings); one term as Big Horn District Superintendent; then retiring from Lander, Wyoming United Methodist Church in 2001.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy and their daughter Becky and her husband John and son Mark and his wife Cheryl.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 1935 Avenue B, Billings, MT 59102. A family inurnment service will be held at a later date at the Sheridan Montana Cemetery. Please wear your brightest socks. Condolences may be sent to the family at 2819 Lyndale Ln. Billings, MT 59102.


Burdick Family

Prayers for the family of Kenneth Burdick, who passed away January 28, 2017, just two weeks after a diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma.  He was 69 years old. 

Ken and Kay Burdick served Townsend and Whitehall MT in the Yellowstone Conference from 1972-1979, when they moved to Oregon. 

He was granted Honorable Location in 1983.

Link to Obituary: 

Condolences may be sent to:
Kay Burdick
PO Box 40383
Eugene, OR 97404


The Robledo-McAbee Family on birth of a baby girl

Prayers of joy for Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Area Director of Communications, and Steven McAbee on the birth of their daughter, Cadence Lily McAbee on Jan. 24. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Charmaine said, "Steven and I are just so overjoyed." Congratulations can be sent to Charmaine Robledo, 6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.










Herbert Family

Please pray for the family of the Rev. Hugh Herbert, who passed away Dec. 29, 2016 in Missoula, Montana. He would have been 98 on March 12. Herbert was a retired pastor and district superintendent in the Yellowstone Conference. He and Helen served churches in Deer Lodge (1940-42) … Fort Benton – Geraldine (1946-47) … Fort Benton (1947-51) … Bozeman (1951-58) … Missoula First (1958-69) … Great Falls First (1969-75) … DS Missoula District (1975-81) … Missoula First (1981-84) … Missoula First Associate (1984-1986) … Retired status 1986. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 10 at Missoula First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802. Our prayers are with Herbert's family at this time.

Link to Obituary: 

Condolences may be sent to daughters Dorothy & Susan at:

Herbert Family 
500 Plymouth St
Missoula, MT 59801


Cies Family

Please pray for the friends and family of the Rev. Herbert Cies, who passed away Nov. 18 at the age of 97. A funeral service was held Nov. 22 in Newton, Kansas. A memorial has been established with the Asbury Park Good Samaritan Fund and contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS  67114. Read his full obituary online. Click here to read an article about him in the Wichita Eagle.


Kainz Family

Please pray for the friends and family of Pastor Earl Kainz, whose service was held Oct. 16 at Evangelical UMC in Billings. Earl was an active participant in this conference sharing his musical talents before his retirement and then pursuing ministry studies and serving two parishes. All who knew him rejoice in celebrating his life and service. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Clara Leidle, 506 Meagher Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718.


Update and thank you from Rev. David Burt

Please continue to pray for the Rev. David Burt, who had open heart surgery Aug. 1. Below is a note from him:

Thanks to everyone who sent cards or offered prayers during my recent heart surgery. Those thoughts and well-wishes were very encouraging. I had a new aortic value installed, one bypass, and a pacemaker installed. While I am still recovering, I have returned to work on a part-time basis. God bless all of you.

David Burt, Yellowstone Annual Conference Assistant to the Bishop/DCM


Disney Family

Please pray for the family of local pastor Lee Disney on the death of his stepfather "dad" Earl Goyen on Sept. 5. He was 87 years old.  Earl lived with Lee and often accompanied him to Yellowstone Conference meetings and events. Lee currently serves Cascade United Methodist Church in Montana. A service was held Sept. 14 at Libby United Methodist Church in Libby, Montana. Condolences may be sent to Lee Disney, PO Box 25, Cascade, MT 59421.


Ridenour Family

Prayers are appreciated for Bishop Karen Oliveto and her spouse Robin Ridenour. Robin's mother, Linette Markelle, died Sept. 6. More information will be available soon. Condolences can be sent to or to the Mountain Sky Area Episcopal Office at 6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.


Pastor John and Jennifer Hancock on new appointment

Please pray for Pastor John Hancock and wife Jennifer on his appointment to Plains, Paradise and White Pine United Methodist churches. His 3/4 appointment begins next week so they were able to attend the worship service at Paradise led by Gayle Ruguleiski on Aug. 14. They were welcomed and gifted "a pound of this and that" by the congregation to stock the cupboards in their newly acquired parsonage in Plains.


Prayers for Steve Hermes on leg surgery

Four years ago, the Rev. Steve Hermes had an accident which destroyed his right ankle. On Tuesday, Aug. 9 he will have surgery to amputate his right leg below the knee. He sees this as a positive step toward healing and wholeness. Steve is currently pastor of Kalispell Epworth UMC. Prayers for Steve, Chris and the Epworth UMC congregation for a successful surgery and eight weeks of recovery afterward. Expressions of care can be sent to or the church at PO Box 1020, Kalispell, MT 59904.


Prayers for David Burt on open heart surgery

Prayer update: David Burt, Asst. to the Bishop/DCM, is out of surgery and recovering at Billings Clinic. He had an aortic valve replaced and one heart bypass on Aug. 1. He is scheduled to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. He will be in the Billings Clinic Hospital a few more days. His total recovery time will be four to six weeks. He is hoping to be back in the office beginning Sept. 1.

Please keep David, his wife Rebecca, and family in your prayers. Cards can be sent to 104 Norris Court N. Billings, MT 59105.

During his time of recovery, if there are any needs from pastors or churches, please contact Patty at the conference office at 406-256-1385 and she can direct you to the appropriate district superintendent who will be covering for David.

David says this about his surgery: "I want to show the rest of the denomination that we here in the Western Jurisdiction truly have 'open hearts' to match our open minds and open doors."


Burdsall Family

Please pray for the family of Rev. Herbert James “Herb” Burdsall, who died April 6 at his home. Burdsall served at Simms, Montana, and started the Lincoln Church while at Simms. He later served at Miles City and Billings, before going to work for Church World Service. Read his entire obituary here or on the The Hays Daily News.

Memorial services were held May 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 305 W. 7th St., Hays, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to Church World Services, care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine St., Hays, KS 67601. Condolences may be left for the family at