Mary Athineos serves as the Children’s Director for our Vermilion Campus. She lives in Lorain with her husband Markos and they have four children: Nick, Rebekah, Nathan and Elissa.
Mary has been a part of Open Door since Don Engram was Senior Pastor (that’s two pastors ago!). She asked Jesus Christ into her life as a college student on her knees in Pastor Don’s office and has served here at Open Door in some capacity ever since.
The first thing that really stood out to Mary when she began visiting the church was the amazing truths of God, new to her at the time, that were preached from Open Door’s pulpit. The strength and clarity with which God’s message was preached has never diminished throughout the many changes Open Door has undergone. For Mary, that preaching is one of the highlights of being a part of Open Door.
The second highlight is the relationships. Our God is a relational God and Open Door is a relational church. Being part of so many relationships and watching how God uses His children to affect and bless each other’s lives has been exciting and transforming for Mary. In her ministry, Mary’s desire is to be part of God’s blessing to the families of Open Door as they grow to be more like Christ. She loves serving, not just the kids and families, but also the incredible and talented volunteers that make Children’s Ministry happen.