|Pastor Ed Imbierowicz now pastors the Mountain View Baptist Chuch in Dewey-Humboldt.|
Mountain View Baptist Church's newest pastor, now well into his third career, said it took a while for him to be convicted to do the Lord's work.
The small country church in Dewey-Humboldt installed Edward Imbierowicz, 64, as its pastor on Sept. 1, 2008. Known as "Pastor Ed," he came there after a year as deacon at Bethel Baptist, and five years as an ordained associate pastor at Robert Road Baptist, both in Prescott Valley.
Imbierowicz retired from the Air Force in 1985 after 20 years split between bases in Las Vegas (Nellis), San Antonio (Randolph) and Virginia (Langley), with service in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
In 1999, following a 13-year stint as a letter carrier in Tucson, during which time he became an ordained deacon, Imbierowicz moved to Prescott Valley with his wife, Donna.
"I came to the Lord Jesus in 1984, when I had a salvation experience," he said. "From that point I started working for Him."
The son of Polish nationals who fled Russian domination, Imbierowicz was born in Germany, while his younger sister was born in Sweden. In 1949 the family joined his uncle in Chicago, where he grew up and became a naturalized US citizen.
He has eight stepchildren, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren "scattered all over the country," he said.
Donna helps in many ways at the church, including singing with the worship team.
Mountain View Baptist Church, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, was built in 1985 and sits on five acres.
Services are Sundays at 10:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with a gospel bluegrass music service the last Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
"We're trying to attract the neighborhood folks. They can hear good music and at the same time hear the gospel through the songs' lyrics," the pastor said.
They're planning for a free gospel bluegrass festival on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They also have a Bible study and prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The church is at 395 Pony Place, Dewey-Humboldt, and the phone number is 928-632-5787. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. Contact the pastor at email@example.com.