I met Klein Gilhousen in August 2010. The first thing he said to me—with a grin and his arm around Karen—was, “I see you have met my trophy wife!”
Klein had a big smile and a generous laugh. He was interested in everything – math, technology, flight, food, science, history, politics, economics, music, God, and the list goes on.
Beginning in 2011, Klein and I began to recapture a dream that he and Karen had pondered more than ten years earlier: a new type of theological education in Montana. Klein and Karen enthusiastically embraced the idea of Yellowstone Theological Institute and its relevance for our community and region.
Klein, in YTI’s formative years, was a visionary and a champion. From 2012 to 2014, Klein refused to give up on the vision, even when a variety of forces were arrayed against it. His keen insight into entrepreneurial ventures and his passion for a “new way” to approach Christian theological education saw the institute through into reality.
Since November 2014, YTI has made incredible strides in forming classes, procuring partners, and moving towards construction. The vision of YTI has gone viral today. The “church” is the movement of the body of Christ in this world, and because of Klein Gilhousen, this vision will change theological education in our region, and possibly in our world. This issue of Inscribed is dedicated to our co-founder, and guiding light, Klein Shaw Gilhousen.
Klein’s Friend, and the President of Yellowstone Theological Institute,
Jay T. Smith