Pastor of Children’s Ministry
585-889-3220 ext. 24
Jonathan “T-Bear” Stansel serves as the Pastor of Children’s Ministry at Open Door Baptist Church. He joined the ministry at Open Door in 2004 and previously served 10 years at Word of Life Fellowship in Schroon Lake, NY, where he earned his nickname.
Jonathan accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior when he was four years old after his older sister witnessed to him.
Jonathan graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1993 and attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY. He earned a B.R.E. degree in Religious Education with an emphasis in Church Ministries from Practical Bible College in Johnson City, NY.
T-Bear has the privilege of overseeing all ministries to children from birth to 5th grade, their parents, and all the incredible leaders serving on the Children’s Ministry Team!
T-Bear currently lives in Gates with his wife, Beth, and five children: Madison, Logan, Payten, Jaxin, and Holden. His interests include: genealogy, reading, playing bass trombone, building, football, camping, and being with his family.