Bozeman is one of the largest cities in Montana. Home to about 38,000 people, it is located on I-90 between Billings and Missoula in the south western region of the state. Bozeman is picturesque, with the Bridger Mountain range encircling the valley. Other smaller towns are also located in the Bridger Bowl. These primarily include Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks, and Gallatin Gateway. We are one of only a few Bozeman area Independent Baptist Churches.
Our church, Headwaters Baptist, is located in Manhattan. For those who work in and around Bozeman but desire a small town atmosphere, Manhattan is one of the top choices. From I-90 Broadway Street takes you into town. Tall mature deciduous trees line the wide quiet streets. Many vintage buildings have been restored and are open for business. Just past the main intersection of Broadway and Main Street a railroad. Often we have to stop on the way to church to let the engines and cars pass by. On the outskirts of town is a paved walking path that leads into the country for a few miles and ends at the Gallatin River.
Manhattan was originally named by a group of investors from Manhattan, New York who founded the community. The first settlers were primarily Dutch. Potato farming was one of the staple crops of the town and remains one of the primary crops. On the third Saturday of August each year this heritage is celebrated through the Potato Festival. A parade, booths, a large tent sale by Montana Carvers, and other activities make that day one of the largest in attendance for our small town.
We here at Headwaters Baptist Church have a great desire to see the people of this area grow closer to the Lord. W see Manhattan as out Jerusalem (Acts 1:8), and Three Forks, Belgrade, and Bozeman as our Judea and Samaria. Each Sunday morning you will see our sandwich sign set along Broadway next to our door, inviting all to come in.
Teaching and preaching, sharing Christ, and reaching out to hurting souls are all part of our ministry. As you can see from our Calender Page we are active in our community. During the Potato Festival this year our building was open all day with free Popsicles and refreshments. Over 200 freezer pops made it into the hands of hot passersby– including children and parents as well.
For the past three summers we have had a booth at the Gallatin County Fair. This summer we passed out 600 balloons, breaking our previous records. I is great to get out and meet people and invite them to church. Today many congregations stay within their four walls. But we like to reach out to our community and let people get acquainted with us. So if you are looking for a small church family to call home, stop in for a visit. We are always available for our people.
Pastor Mike and Sue Lemmon
Headwaters Baptist Church