Open Door Baptist Church

Who We Are

Where the door is always open for you

Open Door Baptist Church is sometimes described as a "recovery church". We have Celebrate Recovery, NA, and AA meetings; three prison ministries; a halfway house, Open Door Christian Homes; Sunday School and worship services on Sunday; a Bible Study on Wednesday night; and a Bible study on Friday night that meets at someone's home. We believe in ministering to people where they are and allowing God to change them. Our services are open to all races and the makeup of the church are people from various backgrounds.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 09:45am - Sunday School
  • 10:45am - Worship Service
  • 06:00pm - Evening Worship
  • 06:30pm - Celebrate Recovery
  • 07:00pm - NA Meeting
  • 07:30pm - Bible Study
  • 07:00pm - AA Meeting
  • 07:30pm - Open Bible Study

What to Expect

What are services like?
The services are very informal. We use both traditional and contemporary music. We have a praise and worship band consisting of key board, drums, and guitars. The altar is always open and many people come to the altar for prayer. We have three pastors with the senior pastor preaching at the morning service and the two associate pastors alternating on Sunday nights. We use the KJV, NIV, and New Living translation.

What is the community like?
We live in a rural community with the county seat about i mile from the church. People who attend mainly come from a three county area. There are usually visitors from all over the state as we are close to I-75 and parents sometimes visit their sons who reside at our halfway house. The community is made of of three basic races: white, black, and Hispanic; and all are welcome to attend.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We believe in ministering to people who are lost or who have lost their way. We do not judge people or try to force Christianity on anyone, but we believe that Christ is the answer that they are searching for. Christ is the one who gives life purpose and meaning. Only He can forgive us of our sins and make a way for a right relationship with God.


Gary James

Pastor James began preaching in 1971, was licensed in 1973 and began his first pastorate in 1975. He pastored Ellenton Baptist Church for 4.5 years, Flat Creek Baptist for 19 years, and Open Door Baptist for 13 years. He is bi-vocational and helped begin Open Door in 1999. He has three married children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild who all are a part of the church ministry. He is the senior pastor with two associate pastors.


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