Meet The Pastor

pastorHello! My name is Jerry Linebarger and I am the pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, Morehead City, NC. I have served this congregation and our community as its pastor for over six years. It has been a special privilege for me to be called to the ministry at Open Door because I grew up in an adjoining town, Newport, NC.

Prior to being called to the ministry and going to seminary, I owned Jerry’s Body Shop in Newport, NC, for 25 years. After my call to the ministry, I graduated from Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions, Columbia, SC. Because of both my overall life experiences and deep love for Christ, I feel I have a real grasp of the challenges that most families face in balancing church, jobs, and families.

My wife, Judy, and I have been married for forty-three years and currently live in Newport, NC. We have two married daughters, Lori and Carla, along with our sons-in-law, John Vinskus and John Menker, and two precious granddaughters, Emma and Claire.

My passion and my greatest desire in ministry is to help families prepare their children for the challenges they will face when their children leave home. I believe we can accomplish this by educating the parents through solid biblical teaching and offering the children biblical training as well as enjoyable, wholesome alternatives which will encourage a personal relationship with Christ.

Let me give you a glimpse of what I believe God would have Open Door look like and the church I desire to help her become.

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-6) NIV

God’s desire for the church is that she be made up of uniquely gifted individuals using their God-given talents and abilities to be a part of building His kingdom here on earth. There is a place for you to be a part of this at Open Door.

If I can be of any assistance to you or you would like to have more information about our church, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I would personally consider it an honor to be able to visit with you in your home or here at the church.

Thank you for visiting our website – I look forward to seeing you in our church.

In His Service,

Jerry Linebarger