Stephen Mizell is the Lead Pastor at Open Door Church. Stephen and his wife Barbara, along with their children, 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 believes he has been specifically called to impact northeastern North Carolina with life-giving congregations in rural communities.
Stephen is a gifted communicator who is committed to sharing practical truths from God’s Word. He is committed to raising up leaders both locally and around the world. As a part of John Maxwell’s organizations EQUIP and the John Maxwell Team, Stephen has been able to teach leadership principles in many countries around the world. He is also an entrepreneur and has owned several businesses over the last 20 years.
Stephen and Barbara reside in Edenton, NC. They have four children and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling the world and ministering to people wherever they go. You can follow Stephen’s thoughts on ministry, life and leadership at www.StephenMizell.com. He recently released a book about his personal story of redemption entitled “The Long Walk Back”.
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 and his wife Sonia desire to see Bertie County reached with the gospel through the Loving, Learning and Leading emphasis of the church. Pastor Jay can be reached at [email protected] or through the main office at 252 482-7927.
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. Brian’s passion is to lead, teach and disciple others musically and spiritually for the ultimate purpose of lifting up the name of Jesus. He oversees all musical and technical components of worship for each Open Door location and additionally oversees the production team. Brian can be reached at [email protected].
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. He and his wife Ashley moved to Edenton in 2012 and welcomed their first child Mattox in 2015. They love serving and being a part of Open Door who have become like family away from family and truly believe the best is yet to come! Ryan can be reached at [email protected].
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 background in filmmaking, marketing and broadcasting, one of her primary responsibilities is the production of videos for the church. Alyssa and her husband Tyler welcomed their first child, Judah into their family in 2015. Alyssa can be reached at [email protected].
As Children’s Pastor, Sheryl leads birth through fourth grade in our Open Door Kidz ministry. 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. Sheryl can be reached at s[email protected].
Wendy serves as the Business Administrator for Open Door Church as well as Assistant to the Lead Pastor. She provides direction for financial and operational functions, and oversees finance, accounting, human resources and project management. Calling on her experience and education, 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. Wendy can be contacted at [email protected].
Jeanne serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Family & Children’s Pastors as well as the Assistant for general office responsibilities. She has been attending Open Door shortly after it was formed in 1991 and has worked with the 4Twelve ministry for the past 3 years. She loves working with children and young adults of all ages and is very excited to be able to work closer with them and being a part of their walk with Christ. She and her husband, Buddy Cartwright have been married for 10 years. Jeanne can be reached at [email protected].
Tyler serves as the 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 realize Pastor Stephen’s vision to develop life-giving congregations to rural NE North Carolina. Tyler can be reached at [email protected].