Meet the Staff
Earl Houtz, Ministry Coordinator & Announcer
BORN in London, England, my Mother and I moved to Havre, MT, to live with my Grandfather, Dr. Charles Houtz, and await the arrival of my Father, Earl. I attended Havre elementary schools through sixth grade, and then Dad packed up the family to move on to Great Falls. Intense prayer from my Mother graced me into graduation from GFHS in 1963. After working for a year, college life began at U of M, Missoula. On May 1, 1965, I met a tall, beautiful woman from the metropolis of Alder, MT, and 20 months later made Karla my wife. One year later Uncle Sam wanted me for a two-year career with the US Army, to include all-expenses-paid residences in Vietnam and Hawaii.
FAMILY: Karla and I have three daughters, Jeni LeGassey of Kalispell; Laura McIntosh of Lynwood, WA; and Angela Houtz of Kalispell; 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a church family that is very special to us. My brothers are Dave in Great Falls, Doug in Kalispell, and sister Rosina in Wichita, KS. Karla’s siblings include brothers Leslie Gilman of Alder, James Gilman of Highlands Ranch, CO, and sister Sharon Rau of Beaverton, OR.
OCCUPATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS include: Co-owner of Roemer’s Tire Center, Missoula; Owner of Earl’s Tire Center, Kalispell; Business Administrator of (then) Flathead Christian School, Kalispell; Sales Consultant at DePratu Ford, Whitefish; Business Administrator of the Kalispell Corps of The Salvation Army, Kalispell. I became a YNOP guest announcer in 2003, allowing Dave Brown to gently poke fun at me on Wednesday mornings. I joined the YNOP staff as Ministry Coordinator in Mid-April of 2013.
HOBBIES have taken a back seat to intense work schedules of recent years, but I fully intend to soon get back to photography and worship music.
MUSIC: I enjoy classical music, but Southern Gospel and God-directed worship are at the top of my list. I am convinced that Handel’s Messiah is the greatest oratorio ever penned.
CHURCH ACTIVITIES over the years have included choir, deacon, and Men’s Ministries. A mission trip in 1996 to Togo, West Africa, found me leaving a portion of my heart in that continent.
GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, & UNENDING GRACE over the years have been remarkable and wonderful, particularly at those times when I have failed Him miserably. I am so grateful that He is there – always there!
MY SPECIAL VERSE OF SCRIPTURE
comes from the Gospel of John, Chapter 8:
‘’And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
You can hear Earl on Your Network Of Praise each Wednesday morning from 6 - 9 am and on Saturdays from 6 am - 2 pm.