Hi there. My name is Alex Mauck and I serve as the primary preaching elder (pastor) of Three Lakes Community Bible Church in Troy, Montana and also have the opportunity to teach Hermeneutics and Homiletics at the Bible Training Center for the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission. Everything about these ministries is small – my church has less than 50 people, my town has less than 1,000 people, and the classes I teach have less than 15 students. It is the sort of life’s work that is frequently disregarded or forgotten by mainstream blogs or church conferences, but it is also the sort of ministry that many of you have been given by the Lord. This site is my small attempt to fill a part of that gap, articles and resources written for and by people engaged in small town and rural ministry. The content won’t always be explicitly focused on the setting, but it will always be from the perspective of a person in that setting.

Bio Basics

  • Born with a cleft lip and palate in 1988.
  • Raised in Sandpoint, Idaho by two incredible and godly parents along with a very dear younger sister.
  • Came to Christ in middle school, the week following the September 11 attacks in New York.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies at Corban University (Salem, OR) and a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary (Portland, OR).
  • In 2012, married Natalie, who is a source of constant encouragement and steadiness through everything life throws at us.
  • Moved to Troy, Montana to serve at Three Lakes Community Bible Church in the summer of 2015.

Beliefs Basics

It is a tricky endeavor to try to explain beliefs in a manner that is simultaneously brief and clarifying. I found Tim Challies’ statement to fit the mold, so I used his as a pattern and made some small adjustments for my own perspectives. More specifics will certainly come to the surface as you read articles on this site. I am…

  • Christian – I affirm that Jesus is my Savior.
  • Protestant – I affirm the five “solas” of the Reformation.
  • Reformed – I affirm the doctrines of grace, the continuity of the Scriptures, and the primary place of covenants in God’s dealings with His people throughout the ages.
  • Evangelical – I believe the gospel and see its proclamation as the central purpose of the church.
  • Unfinished – Though I find great beauty in traditional Protestantism, I realize that in some areas traditions may not be fully Scriptural. Where that is the case I am eager to change as the Spirit convicts me through the Word.