Stephen Mizell is the Lead Pastor at Open Door Church. Stephen and his wife Barbara, started attending Open Door on Easter Sunday 2005. In January of 2008 he came on staff and became the Lead Pastor in October, 2010. Stephen has a call to impact northeastern North Carolina with life-giving congregations in rural communities. Sharing practical truths from God’s word every Sunday with Open Door is just one way he accomplishes this. He is committed to raising up leaders both locally and around the world through the John Maxwell’s organization EQUIP and the John Maxwell Team by teaching leadership principles in many countries around the world.
Stephen is also an entrepreneur and has owned several businesses over the last 20 years. He and Barbara have four children and three grandchildren. You can follow Stephen’s thoughts on ministry, life and leadership at www.StephenMizell.com. For more on his story, you can get his book “The Long Walk Back” from Amazon or some local bookstores.
Campus Pastor, Bertie
Jay Rivenbark serves as Campus Pastor at our Bertie County location. He is a long time member of Open Door Church and has served in various capacities including Administrative Pastor, Elder and Deacon. He retired in 2011 as a North Carolina Wildlife enforcement officer, and enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He and his wife Sonia have 2 grown children and two grandchildren living in the area. His desire to see Bertie County reached with the Gospel through the loving, learning and leading emphasis of the church.
Ryan grew up in church and knew from a very early age he wanted to become a pastor. He has a passion to serve and lead families toward Christ both inside and outside the church. Ryan graduated from Lee University with a degree in Youth Ministry. He and Ashley moved to Edenton in 2012. They welcomed their first child Mattox in 2015 and another daughter, Henley in 2017. They love serving and being a part of Open Door Church who have become like family away from family.
As Children’s Pastor, Sheryl leads birth through fourth grade in our Open Door Kidz ministry. Sheryl grew up in Edenton. She and her husband Kevin have two children and have been attending Open Door Church since 2005. She believes it is important to help kids see that God is extraordinary, exciting and evident everywhere they look. Sheryl is passionate about helping parents see themselves as their children’s greatest spiritual leaders and helping families grow an everyday kind of faith. She also has a background as an art teacher at a private school as well as private art lessons.
Brian is the Worship Pastor for Open Door and his desire is to see the church experience God in a genuine state of worship by the means of music. He has a degree in Worship Leadership from Liberty University and was the worship leader at the Roanoke Campus of Thomas Road Baptist Church. He enjoys teaching music lessons for children and adults – everything from piano to drums, guitar to voice.
As Media Pastor, Alyssa has a heart to tell stories of redemption, hope and love, as well as helping others be able to tell their own stories. With a degree in filmmaking and biblical studies from Evangel University, she also has a background in marketing and broadcasting. From starting an art gallery to managing marketing at a Chick-fil-A restaurant and directing the local news – the various experiences have all worked together to help manage all things media and video at Open Door. Alyssa and her husband Tyler welcomed their first child, Judah into their family in 2015.
Wendy serves as the Business Administrator for Open Door Church. She provides direction for financial and operational functions, and oversees finance, accounting, human resources and project management. She has a BS in Mathematics from ECU and was a math teacher for grades 6-12 for ten years, as an assistant principal before coming to the church. Wendy is dedicated to making sure the church operates with excellence as it is a reflection of Christ. She, her husband Todd and their two children have been a part of Open Door since the fall of 2009
Tyler serves as the pastoral assistant to Stephen Mizell. Tyler first came to Open Door Church when his wife, Alyssa Bream, accepted the position of Media Pastor. Tyler is pursuing his Masters degree in Theology in preparation for PhD work in theological anthropology. Tyler has come on staff at Open Door Church to help assist Pastor Stephen in his work, help craft sermon series and aid in digital management.
Worship Leader, Bertie
Jennifer serves as Worship leader for Open Door Bertie campus. She has a passion to see People enter freely and fully into Worship. Before moving to North Carolina, Jennifer worked with a ministry out of Dallas Texas for four years, traveling across the country leading people into worship. Jennifer resides in Windsor with her Husband, Travis, and their three children Wade, Kyle, and Kadence.
Elders are responsible for protecting the integrity of the church from doctrine to finances. With monthly meetings, they manage the budget, conduct interviews for new staff and make sure the church remains in a healthy place. To contact an elder, please contact the church office and the message will be passed along to the appropriate elder.
Deacons are responsible for the pastoral care of the church. They help guide the church spiritually, visit and pray for those who are sick, and help Sunday mornings run smoothly. To contact a deacon, please contact the church office and the message will be passed along to the appropriate deacon.