Lead Pastor (email@example.com)
Pastor Gary provides general oversight to the ministry of Open Door. In addition, he oversees our Pastoral, Worship and Missions ministries. He believes that in order for a church to help people, the teaching and preaching must be both biblical and practical. This real-world orientation comes from his previous work both as an accountant and a painting contractor during seminary.
Gary received his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phoenix Seminary. He also has a Masters in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University. He has pastored at Open Door since January 1984. Gary and his wife Chris have four grown children ~ Rebecca (and David), Rachel (and Heath), Jonathan (and Lisa), and Adam (and Brandi) ~ and twelve grandchildren.
Preaching and Teaching Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pastor Mike is our newest addition to the pastoral team, gradually taking on leadership responsibilities from from the other pastors. After serving 7 years in the Air Force and 10 years in Corporate America as an Operations and later a Sales Manager, Mike fully surrendered to the pastoral call on his life and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving his degree in 2015.
Mike has served at Open Door as a Teaching and Preaching Elder and led multiple small groups. Prior to Open Door, Mike served as a bi-vocational pastor and Lay Leader at multiple churches throughout MS, LA and TX. Mike and his wife Lori have 4 children from elementary to High School and serves as Preaching and Teaching Pastor.
Office Manager & Kid's Ministry Director (email@example.com)
Tammy joined the staff as Office Manager in early 2002. She provides vital administrative support to the pastoral staff and manages various communications for the church office and congregation, including our website, newsletters, emails, etc. She is also our Kids Ministry Director. In this role she oversees and leads our ministry to children, recruiting and equipping the Kids Ministry team and staff to help ensure a quality ministry that leads our kids to true faith in Jesus Christ. Tammy and her husband Len, an Air Force retiree, have three married children ~ one a missionary in Slovenia ~ and five grandchildren.
Alex joined our staff in 2012 and works with young couples and youth to use and develop his ministry gifting. Alex is married to Heather and they have a two young sons, Leighton and Callaghan.
Youth Ministry Leader Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Angela joined our staff in August 2012 to work with Pastor Mike in leading our Youth Ministry. She works with Alex to lead our Youth Ministry Team and help guide our youth toward adult Christian maturity.
Worship Secretary (email@example.com)
Gena rejoined our staff in 2014 to provide support to the Worship Team. She provides support to the Worship Team by organizing and preparing the team’s worship music, as well as the lyrics and videos projected during worship and other events. Gena and Rich are parents of Angela, our Youth Ministry Leader, and Edwin ("Budger"), who serves in the Air Force.
Tim and Debra have been with Open Door for many years, having met while in the Air Force and married in 1993. They have been staff members since 2004. Tim, who has a personal business as a handyman doing various types of home repair work, oversees and provides maintenance of the church's facilities and grounds. Debra serves as church "housekeeper" and gardener. They both serve in many volunteer capacities as well, such as Librarian (Debra) and Kids teachers (both).