Open Door Church welcomes new minister

Staff Writer

The Open Door Congregational Church has announced that it has hired Jim Lyonais as their interim pastor.
Lyonais is retired from the U.S. Army where he served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He, his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Gaeric and Braeden, settled in Deer Park in 2013.
He began Whitworth University’s Master of Arts in Theology program in 2015 and recently transferred to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to complete his education.
Church members think Lyonais has been a fabulous addition to the church since he began attending in late 2016 and is a fantastic fit as interim pastor.
“I am living proof that God can and will use anyone for His purpose. To be chosen to serve this fantastic community of believers is amazing. I am excited to continue my journey in Christ with this congregation.” Lyonais said.
The Open Door Congregational Church is the first church established in Deer Park (in 1891) and has made some big changes in the past year.
In August 2016, the Rev. Daniel Berg (the church’s pastor for 20 years) retired which began the church’s quest for his replacement. In the process, the congregation did some soul searching and regrouping and made the decision to disassociate from its former parent denomination, the United Church of Christ, and return to their roots as a Congregational Church, as it was when the church was formed 126 years ago.
The Open Door Congregational Church, N205 Main St., will hold an open house event to introduce Lyonais as its pastor to the community on July 23 from 2-4 p.m.