About The Beards

Bearded Theologians Founders

Rev. Zach Bechtold


I come from a long line of Beard Enthusiasts.  My father, who can grow full a beard in about a minute, passed along his love for facial hair to me.   Along with my love for beards, I also enjoy Colorado Rockies Baseball, and just baseball in general, woodworking, and photography.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing the guitar and singing with my wife, Mikel.

On this journey I call life, my wife Mikel and our 3 kids, join me.  We enjoy traveling, eating, baseball, and adventures. Recently, we moved from New Mexico to Montana and have the privilege to be the lead Pastor of Choteau, Brady, and Dutton United Methodist Churches.   I have a Bachelor of General Business from New Mexico State University and I am working on a Master of Divinity at Iliff Theological Seminary.

Rev.Matt Franks


I have a few goals in life.

  1. To have a beautiful beard.
  2. To throw out the first pitch at a Stl. Cardinals Game.
  3. To master something…oh wait I Mastered Divinity.

I have many other goals but these three are a part of who I am. I currently serve as Lead Pastor at Tahlequah First  United Methodist Church.  I was appointed there June 2017 and have loved every appointment and job that I have had as I live out my calling as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in the Oklahoma Conference.

I grew up in Miami, Oklahoma graduated from Miami High School in 2001. I then went to work on my Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma City University which I completed in May 2005. After that, I mastered Divinity by getting a Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in December 2009. I have an awesome wife Ashley and 2 kids.

The Birth of Bearded Theologians. 

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Zach and Matt met while on a long walk on the facebook beach. We became facebook friends because we were on a team that went to Global Young People’s Convocation in 2014. When we physically met you would have thought we had been friends forever. Since GYPCLA we have taken family vacations and other educational trips together.

We hold each other accountable to be the best disciples of Jesus Christ we can be. This is why we created Bearded Theologians, to help with our accountability in discipleship and to have a little fun since we live hours apart. Also we did this without spousal approval but then when they saw it they were not shocked at all.