Lead Pastor  Position

Brief Summary

On February 6, 1994, a group of believers met to discuss the organization of a new Baptist Church in the Hemet Valley.  A subsequent meeting with Southwest Baptist Conference was held.

February 13, 1994 was the first Sunday of worship for this group at Club Evergreen in the recreation center of Sierra Dawn North.  Reverend Severin Bernas provided the message on Spiritual strength to 86 committed believers.

On August 1, 1995, Don Peterson was called to be Senior Pastor along with his wife Betty.  A building fund was started and in 1999, IVBF moved into its present site on Johnston Ave.  February 6, 2006 we were proud to burn the mortgage, paid in full after seven years.  Pastor Don Peterson served faithfully until his retirement on December 31, 2010. 
Chris Engel along with his wife Tami had been serving as Youth Pastor since 2007. Chris was invited and voted in to become our new Lead Pastor.  Under his leadership, IVBF launched a second contemporary service called Wellspring to attract a younger group and  on January 20, 2012 Wellspring was launched. Both services have been growing under Chris’ leadership, Chris and the Deacon Board also made plans to began a new building fund to have a separate building for classrooms and a playground.  On June 2013, the classrooms and playground were in use and debt free. A new solar electric system was added and operational on Jan 1, 2015 with a significant reduction in our Southern California Edison bill.
We support 8 missionary families serving in Local Community, Spain, Mexico, Philippines, Ethiopia and Brazil.


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About the Process

We are now accepting applications for our Senior Pastor position.
Applications will only be accepted through our Converge Pastor Placement Process (P3).
Apply here at the Converge Pastor Placement Process (P3) website
Click here to view or download job description.

Read about our city.

The California city of Hemet, located in Riverside County, is nestled in the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley. The city is situated about 87 miles Southeast of Los Angeles and 50 miles Southwest of Palm Springs. Running through Hemet is highway 74, the city’s principal thoroughfare with our main Interstate being Interstate 10.

Since 1923, one of the valley’s chief claims to fame has been the annual Ramona Pageant. The incident which inspired Helen Hunt Jackson to write Ramona occurred in the valley, and the production of a pageant based on the story was discussed for a number of years as a method of promoting the valley. From 1923 onward, with only brief interruptions during the Depression and during World War II, the people of Hemet and San Jacinto have joined to stage this outdoor pageant each spring.
Hemet was also noted for the 46th Agricultural District Farmer’s Fair of Riverside County, which had its beginning in 1936 as the Hemet Turkey Show, and for the Ryan School of Aeronautics, which trained about 6,000 fliers for the Army Air Corps between 1940 and 1944. Hemet Ryan Airport exists today at the site of the original Ryan Flight School.
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