Our History

 

  • Our church began in 1977 when the majority of the members of Campbellton Presbyterian Church, driven by denominational differences, decided to withdraw and seek a new place of worship. Led by Dr. Ralph Richardson, they created Church of the Open Door and began meeting at the Civitan Club.

  • In 1978, work began on a new building and the first service in the current sanctuary building was held on September 16, 1979.

  • In 1982, Dr. Richardson resigned as pastor to focus on his teaching ministry and presidency of Carolina Bible College, and Roy Graves was selected as pastor.

  • In 1985, a 5,000 square foot addition was added to the original building and provided space for nurseries, offices, and classrooms.

  • In 1986, Pastor Graves resigned, and Dr. Joe Rhodes guided the church as pastor from 1987 to 1988.

  • In 1989, Dr. Harry Adams was called to serve as our pastor. The growth rate over the next nine years prompted the church to begin building an 11,000 square foot multipurpose building containing a fellowship hall, kitchen, offices, and classrooms. This structure was completed in April 1996.

  • Around the same time, the original sanctuary building was renovated to include more seating, a baptismal, and a larger nursery. This renovation was completed in October 1996.

  • In 1997, Dr. Adams was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and resigned as senior pastor.

  • In 1999, Pastor Randall Hamrick began leading the church as senior pastor until 2003, when he resigned to focus on his counseling ministry.

  • In 2005, Pastor Benjie Spears began serving at our church until he resigned due to health reasons in 2009.