Winding path leads Montgomery to Galva stop

Doug Boock
Galva First Baptist Church interim pastor Rebekah Montgomery has lived a diverse professional life, including writing books, sculpting and owning a doll-making business.

Rebekah Montgomery’s lived a diverse professional life.

She’s written books – nine of them – edited magazines, owned a collectible-doll manufacturing business, been a ghost sculptor – making sculptures for bigger-name artists, who then sell them on the Home Shopping Network – and led women’s and children’s ministries.

“I’m just all over the place,” the affable Montgomery said June 26. “I’ve got hummingbird syndrome.”

That bent has led Montgomery, 55, to land at First Baptist Church in Galva. She’s serving as interim pastor, in place of Paul Sowden, who left in December.

“The people are warm and wonderful. It’s like being invited to a family reunion with kin folk you didn’t know you had,” Montgomery said of First Baptist, where she started June 1.

“But they’re serious about their faith and putting their faith into action in the community, and that is one thing that drew me to this opportunity.”

Montgomery – who's witty – doesn’t hold a seminary degree. She put her family first.

“I put my husband through college. I got an MRS (Mrs.),” she explained.

But she does have extensive education and ministry experience.

“If I have a strength, it’s taking Scripture and helping make it practical in people’s lives – not theoretical but practical,” she said.

An occasional writer for Guideposts magazine and many other Christian periodicals, Montgomery does a lot of free-lance writing and magazine editing. Occasionally, she’s a ghost writer.

Montgomery will serve First Baptist until a permanent pastor can be found.