Get to Know Our Team
Joyce Payton

Assistant to the Pastor

Joyce Payton serves in a secretarial capacity as Assistant to the Pastor. Joyce has been in this type work most all of her life. For many years she was a pastor’s wife and, therefore, knows the workings of a church from the inside out. She currently plays the piano for the church as well. Joyce has two children (Pastor Greg and Sonya Payton Howell), six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Joyce attended Oklahoma Baptist University while working full time on the Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. She also worked in other government agencies in the early years. Later she worked as a medical transcriptionist at a hospital in Oklahoma. However, her work with Florida Baptist and Montana Southern Baptist Conventions has been most beneficial as it relates to working in the church. Joyce began doing the church’s secretarial work in 2002 before the church launched in 2003.


Joyce’s favorite hobbies are scrapbooking, making cards, and playing the piano.


Her favorite scripture is Romans 1:16.

Nyssa Brown

Creative Director

Nyssa has a calling for ministry and loves every facet of it!  She's a wife to husband Nick and mother to two growing boys! She's DIY and Interior Design lover and is always working on a project of some kind! She serves every chance she can and also leads Worship at the Rock. She was born in 1987 in Billings, MT and raised in Laurel, MT.


God called her to the ministry at The Rock in 2014 and she's loved it ever since!


She worked for 5 years in Interior Design and has since found great joy in combing her love for design and Jesus working on various projects at The Rock. 


Favorite Bible verse: Zephaniah 3:17

Nate Lohmoeller
Student Pastor
Nate Lohmoeller has a passion for ministry! Nate is Montana born and raised with a beautiful family. When Nate isn’t wrenching on cars, hanging with friends, or spending precious time with family, he is deeply focused on Student Ministry with one goal: Turn students to Jesus.
Nate grew up in the church, doing and serving, when and where he was told. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that God has called Nate to Ministry. Nate has served in student ministry since he was 15 years old and now Pastor’s Ascend Student Ministry at The Rock Church.
Nate and his wife Brook have been married for 14 years and have 2 children, Elias and Madison. With Nate and Brook and Elias combined, they serve in Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry,  various small groups, Ministry Care team, Greeting team, and many others. This sure keeps them busy serving the Lord in any way they can.


Nate is a Bi-Vocational Pastor as he also works as a Honda Parts manager where he works and serves others using his Spiritual gifts everyday as God intended them to be. Nate believes that doing what God has called you to do isn’t confined to a church building, but it involves each and every moment of your day no matter where you are.“Balancing family, work, and ministry can be trying and tough, but I know I am where God wants me to be and that He is in control. When I say Jesus is Lord, I mean it. He is Lord of my family, my work, and my ministry. That is what makes all the difference.” -Pastor Nate

Nathan Payton

Media Director


All around techie guy. Born in 1998 in Norman Oklahoma. Raised in Billings, Montana. Son of Greg Payton (lead pastor). Felt called by God to ministry after Graduating high school in 2017. Currently attending Grand Canyon University... LOPES UP!

Nathan serves on the Worship Team at The Rock as the Keyboard player and directs media for the team.


Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 9:23

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820 W. 9th Street

Laurel, MT 59044

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