OUR STAFF

Our Lead Pastor

Aaron Kennedy serves as our Lead Pastor. His parents, Greg and Deana Kennedy founded Opendoor Church in 1986, and in 2015 transitioned the leadership of the church to Aaron. Since the very beginning, Opendoor has seen tremendous growth and impact in the community with a focus on reaching out to those who do not know God personally and building relationships through Small Groups.


Aaron has a deep passion for leading people to become all God created them to be. His leadership has helped Opendoor Church to become a church known for genuine teaching, authentic faith, and passionate worship.


Aaron and his wife Lauren have two children and live in the Greenville area where Opendoor Church began.

Administration

The Administration department serves the church by maintaining integrity of information on financials, accounting reports, and all database information. They are at the core of effective connection with the people who call Opendoor Church home.

  • Teresa Butrum

    Executive Assistant to Aaron Kennedy | Administration Director

    Teresa is the executive assistant to our Lead Pastor Aaron Kennedy and feels she has a grace on her life to make his easier. Not only is she gifted administratively, but her care and concern for the people of Opendoor Church help her serve the purpose and vision of the church.

  • Joy Kimbril

    Accounting Support

    Every day in Joy’s work of managing the church’s accounting involves new challenges to overcome. But her attention to detail and her care and concern for the people of Opendoor Church make her a great addition to our Administration team in the area of Accounting.

  • Jane Doe

    Database Support

    Jane handles all things administrative for our Church database and Growth Track. Watching people begin to connect to how their personality, gifts and passions reveal the calling God has for them brings her heart joy. She is an essential member of our team.

Care & Small Groups

We are a church of Small Groups, they are at the core of ministry at Opendoor Church. All of our Pastoral Care happens as an extension of our Small Groups. We believe you haven't really experienced Opendoor until you've been connected in a Small Group.

  • Gina Robinson

    Associate Pastor | Care & Small Groups Director

    Gina serves as an Associate Pastor, overseeing Small Groups, Opendoor Women, and our Care Ministry. Pastor Gina thrives on seeing people in authentic community. She loves connecting with the people of Opendoor and seeing them find freedom in Small Groups.

  • Megan Pulaski

    Care Coordinator

    Megan cares deeply for every person who calls Opendoor home and her gifting makes her a natural as our Care Coordinator overseeing all of the Pastoral Care within our church through our Small Groups. We want every person at Opendoor to be pastored and Megan helps make that happen!

Creative

The Creative department uses their skills and talents to reach people with the life-changing message of Jesus. They do this in the form of stories of life change, videos, creative elements for services, printed and web design, weekly news packages, and really any form of media that can reach people.

  • Michael Chandler

    Associate Pastor | Creative Director

    Michael serves as an Associate Pastor and oversees several departments including: Creative, Dream Team, Growth Track, and Production. Pastor Michael has a heart for this church and loves to see people experience God through our services and discover their God-given purpose.

  • Josh Harrison

    Creative & Worship Coordinator

    Josh serves to help coordinate both our Creative and Worship departments. A natural learner, he daily manages the web needs of the church as well as the media needs of each Weekend Service. His role as Worship Coordinator allows him to help lead all our Worship teams.

  • Mark Horn

    Communications Coordinator

    Mark is part of the Creative department serving in the area of Communications. His love of communication, design, and photography help Opendoor Church truly tell the story of what God is doing in the lives of the people who call Opendoor home.

Executive Team

Our Executive Team serves to oversee all other Ministry Departments. They provide oversight and vision for each department of the church, with the goals of developing leaders and reaching people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

  • Nikki Bailey

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Education, Opendoor Kids, Facilites

    Nikki serves as an Associate Pastor and as the director of Opendoor Kids, Opendoor Education, and Facilities. Pastor Nikki has an incredible heart for children and creating welcoming environments that encourage their spiritual and educational growth.

  • Tyler Braden

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Youth, Opendoor Young Adults

    Tyler serves as an Associate Pastor overseeing Opendoor Youth and Young Adults with our Young Adult Pastor. Pastor Tyler's passion for the next generation drives him to lead incredible teams that create environments where people can know God and find freedom.

  • Teresa Butrum

    Executive Assistant to Aaron Kennedy | Administration

    Teresa is the executive assistant to our Lead Pastor Aaron Kennedy and feels she has a grace on her life to make his easier. Not only is she a gifted Executive Assistant, but her gifting administratively make her an incredible leader of our Administration Department.

  • Michael Chandler

    Associate Pastor | Creative, Production, Growth Track, Dream Team

    Michael serves as an Associate Pastor and oversees several departments including: Creative, Dream Team, Growth Track, and Production. Pastor Michael has a heart for this church and loves to see people experience God through our services and discover their God-given purpose.

  • Deana Kennedy

    Co-founding Pastor | Missions, Outreach

    Deana has served with her husband, Greg, for decades, and now considers it an honor to serve with her son, Aaron. If responsibility were a job, Pastor Deana would have an ever-increasing amount of titles. Not only does she oversee all our world missions , she also works on all our outreach efforts.

  • Greg Kennedy

    Co-founding Pastor

    Greg founded Opendoor Church in 1986 and has served the Greenville area faithfully for decades. It was one of his greatest joys to pass the leadership of the church to his son, Aaron. Now Pastor Greg serves as a key part of our Apostolic Elders providing wise counsel and advice.

  • Gina Robinson

    Associate Pastor | Small Groups, Care, Opendoor Women

    Gina serves as an Associate Pastor, overseeing Small Groups, Opendoor Women, and our Care Ministry. Pastor Gina thrives on seeing people in authentic community. She loves connecting with the people of Opendoor and seeing them find freedom in Small Groups.

  • Miriam Wamer

    Worship Pastor | Opendoor Worship

    Being the Worship Pastor at Opendoor Church is an honor and blessing for Pastor Miriam, and she believes that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than the Church worshipping Jesus. Miriam also serves as the Principal for Opendoor School.

Facilities

The Facilities department is focused on maintaining an environment of excellence in every building and across our entire campus. We believe excellent looking environments communicate that we value each and every person who will experience it.

  • Nikki Bailey

    Associate Pastor | Facilities Director

    Nikki serves as an Associate Pastor and as the director of Opendoor Kids, Opendoor Education, and Facilities. Pastor Nikki has an incredible heart for children and creating welcoming environments that encourage their spiritual and educational growth.

  • Duncan Butler

    Facilities Coordinator

    As Facilities Coordinator, Duncan does his best to allow all of the ministries of Opendoor Church to fulfill their purpose by maintaining an environment of excellence, which he thinks it is an easy task when you work with the staff of Opendoor Church. Duncan also serves as a Worship Leader.

  • Ashley Butrum

    Facilities Staff

    Ashley's main responsibility at Opendoor is to maintain a spotlessly clean facility at all times. And Ashley is especially proud of being able to work in partnership with the Opendoor Dream Teamers, whose faithful service helps keep our facilities performing at their most excellent.

Dream Team & Growth Track

We believe every person has a God-given purpose to discover. The Growth Track department is focused on helping every person identify their gifting and purpose and start using it on the Dream Team. The Dream Team department continues to help each individual to develop and maximize those giftings.

  • Michael Chandler

    Associate Pastor | Growth Track & Dream Team Director

    Michael serves as an Associate Pastor and oversees several departments including: Creative, Dream Team, Growth Track, and Production. Pastor Michael has a heart for this church and loves to see people experience God through our services and discover their God-given purpose.

  • John Doe

    Dream Team Coordinator

    John utilizes his passion of leading leaders in his role of Dream Team Coordinator. He truly believes that everyone is great at something! It's his desire to see every person on the Dream Team realize their full capacity of leadership.

Missions & Outreach

Our Outreach department is an extensions of our Small Groups with a passion to serve the people in our city. In addition our church is committed to spreading the message of Jesus not only in our community, but to the world. The Missions department works to lead Missions trips to countries where you can serve and make a difference.

  • Deana Kennedy

    Co-founding Pastor | Missions & Outreach Director

    Deana has served with her husband, Greg, for decades, and now considers it an honor to serve with her son, Aaron. If responsibility were a job, Pastor Deana would have an ever-increasing amount of titles. Not only does she oversee all our world missions , she also works on all our outreach efforts.

Opendoor Education

Our Weekday Education ministry, Opendoor Education, is passionate about helping children and students know God at an early age and be educated and positioned for success through our Child Development Center, Elementary School, and After School programs.

  • Nikki Bailey

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Education Executive Director

    Nikki serves as an Associate Pastor and as the director of Opendoor Kids, Opendoor Education, and Facilities. Pastor Nikki has an incredible heart for children and creating welcoming environments that encourage their spiritual and educational growth.

  • Rachel Bissette

    Opendoor After School Director

    Rachel serves as the Opendoor After School Director and oversees all our After School programs. Rachel's creativity, love for children, and passion to see them experience Christ has helped shape Opendoor After School into one of the best programs in the area!

  • Sarah Elliotte

    Opendoor Child Development Center Director

    Sarah oversees our Child Development Center which services families of children birth through four years old during the week. Sarah doesn't consider it child care, rather a responsibility to help develop children spiritually, educationally, and emotionally.

  • Miriam Wamer

    Worship Pastor | Opendoor School Director/Principal

    Being the Worship Pastor at Opendoor Church is an honor and blessing for Pastor Miriam, and she believes that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than the Church worshipping Jesus. Miriam also serves as the Principal for Opendoor School and leads an incredible team of educators.

Opendoor Kids

We take Kids ministry seriously at Opendoor. It's no small thing to get to invest in children and families, making sure they are shown the authentic love of Jesus. The Opendoor Kids department is committed to providing safe and engaging environments for your children.

  • Nikki Bailey

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Kids Director

    Nikki serves as an Associate Pastor and as the director of Opendoor Kids, Opendoor Education, and Facilities. Pastor Nikki has an incredible heart for children and creating welcoming environments that encourage their spiritual and educational growth.

  • Miranda Braden

    Opendoor Kids Coordinator

    Serving on the Opendoor Kids team and helping write curriculum for the kids program is a dream come true for Miranda, especially being able to love and teach children about Jesus. Her passion for the kids of Opendoor help her lead many Dream Teamers to impact every child we serve.

Opendoor Women, Youth, Young Adults

Each one of these ministries is an extension of our Small Group ministry, but with the added opportunity of a Midweek Service to come together for worship, teaching, and community. These departments are focused on seeing people know God and find freedom.

  • Gina Robinson

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Women Director

    Gina serves as an Associate Pastor, overseeing Small Groups, Opendoor Women, and our Care Ministry. Pastor Gina thrives on seeing people in authentic community. She loves connecting with the people of Opendoor and seeing them find freedom in Small Groups.

  • Tyler Braden

    Associate Pastor | Opendoor Youth Director

    Tyler serves as an Associate Pastor overseeing Opendoor Youth and Young Adults with our Young Adult Pastor. Pastor Tyler's passion for the next generation drives him to lead incredible teams that create environments where people can know God and find freedom.

  • John Conway

    Opendoor Young Adults Pastor

    John serves as our Young Adult Pastor overseeing Opendoor's Young Adult ministry alongside Tyler Braden. Pastor John's incredible gifting at communication and his passion for young adults position him to lead a dynamic team committed to raising up a generation of Christ followers.

Opendoor Worship

Our vision at Opendoor is to be a church of fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ who worship God passionately and unashamedly. The Opendoor Worship department is an extension of that vision with a heart to lead people into an experience with God through song and music.

  • Miriam Wamer

    Worship Pastor

    Being the Worship Pastor at Opendoor Church is an honor and blessing for Pastor Miriam, and she believes that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than the Church worshipping Jesus. Miriam also serves as the Principal for Opendoor School.

  • Josh Harrison

    Creative & Worship Coordinator

    Josh serves to help coordinate both our Creative and Worship departments. A natural learner, he daily manages the web needs of the church as well as the media needs of each Weekend Service. His role as Worship Coordinator allows him to help lead all our Worship teams.

  • Kyle Alfred

    Worship Staff

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  • Mark Griffin

    Worship Staff

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  • Joseph Janowski

    Worship Staff

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  • Tray Stepney

    Worship Staff

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Production

The Production department is committed to creating engaging, distraction-free services where people are free to worship and experience God. The Production department uses their talents through lighting, audio, video, and broadcast.

  • Michael Chandler

    Associate Pastor | Production Director

    Michael serves as an Associate Pastor and oversees several departments including: Creative, Dream Team, Growth Track, and Production. Pastor Michael has a heart for this church and loves to see people experience God through our services and discover their God-given purpose.

  • David Blount

    Audio Engineer

    As the Audio Engineer for Opendoor Church, David’s job is constantly interesting. He mixes services, monitors live sound, and helps with studio and live recordings. Not only does is David musically in tune, he also loves that his job enables people to experience the tangible presence of God.

  • Jared Wamer

    Production Coordinator

    Jared’s role at Opendoor is two-fold: he coordinates all of the live production elements for our church and also empowers our Production teams to use their gifts so others can experience life change during services. An incredible leader, he loves serving with the Dream Team.