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.

Executive Church Staff


  • Michael Chandler   

    Executive Pastor of Communication

    Michael serves as an Executive Pastor, overseeing the Communication Department, all media, design, and marketing, as well as Growth Track. Pastor Michael also serves as part of our Weekend Services teaching team and has a heart to see people discover their God-given purpose.

  • Scott Himmelfarb  

    Executive Director of Administration

    Scott serves as the Executive Director of Administration and brings years of experience, overseeing all finances, human resources, and the management of Opendoor Education. His wisdom and heart for stewardship make him an incredible asset to the team. 

  • Lauren Kennedy   

    Executive Director of Ministry

    Lauren, our Lead Pastor's wife, serves as the Executive Director of Ministry, overseeing all ministry environments like Opendoor Youth, Kids, Young Adults, Men, Women, and Small Groups. Her wisdom and management experience help her lead the staff and teams that minister to our church.

  • Miriam Wamer    

    Executive Pastor of Worship

    Miriam serves as an Executive Pastor, overseeing all Worship services and elements, including Production, Guest Services, and the Worship team. Pastor Miriam has an incredible heart for worship and believes that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than the Church worshiping Jesus. 

Church Staff


  • Haley Baker    

    Guest Services Coordinator

    Haley serves in the area of Admin support and is often the first face you'll see if you come to the Opendoor Church Office. Haley's attention to detail ensures that each guest to Opendoor is connected and made to feel welcome.

  • Mary Beth Barefoot    

    Worship Staff

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  • Miranda Braden    

    Children's Staff

    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.

  • Tyler Braden    

    Youth & Young Adults Pastor

    Tyler oversees our Opendoor Youth ministry for 6-12 grade. Pastor Tyler's passion for the next generation drives him to lead incredible teams that create environments where students can know God and find freedom.

  • John Conway

    Associate Pastor

    John serves as an Associate Pastor and is part of our Weekend Services teaching team. Pastor John's incredible gifting at communication and his passion to see people come to know Jesus brings a vital piece of our teaching team.

  • Josh Harrison    

    Accounting Staff

    Josh serves in both our Accounting and Worship departments. A natural learner, he daily serves within the various accounting needs of the church as well as the music needs of each Weekend Service. His role on the Worship Team allows him to help lead all our Worship teams.

  • Megan Holland    

    Communication Staff

    Megan cares deeply for every person who calls Opendoor home and her love to capture and share the stories of Opendoor make her a natural part of the Communication department. We love sharing what God is doing in our church and Megan helps make that happen!

  • Deana Kennedy    

    Founding Pastor

    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. She currently oversees Pastoral Care as well as all Mission Trips.

  • Greg Kennedy    

    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.

  • Joy Kimbril    

    Accounting Staff

    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 team in the area of Accounting.

  • Seth Pierce    

    Production & IT Coordinator

    Seth’s role at Opendoor is two-fold: he leads all of the live production elements in our Weekend Services and oversees our IT department. Seth loves getting to find new and innovative ways to further the cause of Christ through technology and production.

  • Gina Robinson    

    Small Groups Pastor

    Gina serves as an Associate Pastor, overseeing Small Groups, Opendoor Women, and Opendoor Young Adults. 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.

  • Dusty Sims    

    Children's Pastor

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  • Emily Sims    

    Communication Staff

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  • Tray Stepney    

    Worship Staff

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  • Cori Thomas    

    Executive Assistant

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