Monty, his wife, Nancy, and their two children moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in May 1996 to begin Mountain Ridge Baptist Church. He pastored the church until October 2017. Mountain Ridge has been part of planting more than 21 churches in Arizona and several more around the world. Monty received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and doctorate from Trinity Theological Seminary. Though Arizona is considered home, he is originally from Oklahoma and remains an ardent fan of Sooner football. He enjoys bike riding (rode across America in 2010) and hanging out with his wife, two daughters, two grandkids and friends.