It is only by the grace of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, that Brother Ed Navato prayed to receive CHRIST as his personal Savior in the Philippines in 1976. In 1981, he and his three brothers went to the U.S. to join their dad, who practiced medicine in West Virginia. Ed joined the United States Marine Corps in 1982 and married Elvie Sarmiento from the Philippines in 1983. While stationed in California in 1984, both Ed and Elvie were discipled while members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Trabuco Canyon, California by Pastor Ivar Ensminger. While stationed in Dallas, Texas, they continued to serve the LORD in Miller Road Baptist Church under Pastor David Blaser. While stationed in Arizona, Ed and his family were members of Bible Baptist Church in Yuma under Pastor Alfred Maese. There he was appointed as a deacon. He believed GOD called him to fulltime ministry; and later in 1998, he surrendered to preach. He preached to those in prisons, shelters for the homeless, and nursing homes. He saw many people pray to place their faith in Christ in the States, the Philippines, and Japan. In 1999, he received orders to Japan, where he and his family became members of Maranatha Baptist Church. While in Okinawa, he served as a deacon, soul winning & visitation director, and was later licensed to preach. Pastor Steve Nutt ordained him to the gospel ministry in 2002. Before Ed retired from active duty (also in 2002), he and his wife Elvie were appointed as missionaries through Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ed received a secular Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University in Orange County, California, in 1994. He received his Bible College Diploma from Faith Bible Institute of Monroe, Louisiana, in 2002. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camille, Georgia in 2009. Elvie also received a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in 1998. Ed was an assistant pastor to Pastor Steve Nutt of Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan, from 2005 to 2008. He was the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sasebo, Japan, from 2008 to 2011. He was called to pastor Yokosuka Baptist Church after receiving a unanimous vote from the church in May 2011. He and his family arrived 1 July 2011.
Ed's wife, Elvie is a great help meet, leads the ladies, and serves in various ministries including the nursery. They have two children. Edelyn (Lyn) is now married to Jesse Pilalas. Both of them met at and graduated from West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. Both received Bachelor of Biblical Studies degrees and majored in Missions. They also surrendered to be missionaries through BIMI and prayed about coming to Japan. Jesse Pilalas is now the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Misawa, Japan located near US Air Base Misawa. Eleazar (Eli) is currently serrving in the United States Navy.
Ed's vision and burden is to reach our community and the world with the Gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST through soul winning and faith promise commitments to missionaries. His prayer is for everyone in the local church to reach their maximum potential as they serve CHRIST. Brother Ed Navato believes the Holy Bible is the Word of GOD. He stands for the fundamentals of the faith, and he is an independent Baptist by conviction.
One of Ed's favorite Holy Bible verses is Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." One of his favorite quotes is from the great Missionary William Carey, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.". Please take sixty seconds to pray for the Navato family and Yokosuka Baptist Church.