Jonathan “T-Bear” Stansel
Meet Pastor Bear
Jonathan “T-Bear” Stansel serves as the Pastor of Children’s Ministry here at Open Door. 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.
T-Bear grew up in Miami, FL and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior when he was four years old after his older sister witnessed to him. He 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.
Pastor 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! He is also responsible for all Information Services at Open Door, including the IT department and website.
On May 5, 2001, he married the love of his life Beth. They are the proud parents of five children: Madison, Logan, Payten, Jaxin, and Holden, and they reside in Gates.
One of Pastor Bear’s favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Soli Deo Gloria!