Sunday Worship
in the Great Auditorium

 

Sunday Worship Services are held in person in the Great Auditorium at 10:30 AM from June 12 to September 11, 2022. Sunday evening worship opportunities will be announced.

Services can also be viewed live or on demand in the player below, or in the player that includes all of our programming, at oceangrove.org/watch.

Interpretation for the deaf is provided during Sunday Morning Worship Services. 

 

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2021 Worship Speakers

June 13

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Pastor Roger Casey has pastored churches on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He has spent a considerable amount of time engaged in missionary evangelism in Southern India. Roger's last pastorate, before retiring, in Manhattan spanned 18 years. He currently serves as a Bible teacher and an elder at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Milford PA.

 

June 20

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Dr. Jim Mindling loves doing life with God and spending time with his family, crackling fires in the fireplace, teasing his family, laughing with friends, being outdoors, jogging, reading great books, writing, asking questions, playing guitar, eating ice cream, playing Scrabble, and playing basketball, though not all at the same time.

His primary responsibilities at Open Door are to cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work in making him more like Christ, provide visionary, strategic and directional leadership, and insightfully and accurately teach God’s Word with passion and clarity.

He is married to a lovely, talented and creative woman, Andrea, who loves to be with people and help them get connected to God and to other people. Their kids are: Ryan (married to Andra), Caylie (married to Joshua), Christa, and Julianna, each of whom bring them great joy.

After graduating from seminary, Jim planted two churches and helped to revitalize another before coming to Open Door in 2003. He loves to learn which led him back to school, resulting in a Doctorate in Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary in the Beeson School of Preaching and Leadership. His first book, Learn to Breathe: The Surprising Path to a Transformed Life teaches people how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, who is working to make us more and more like Christ. Jim’s life story has been a journey in learning to love God, love people and live surrendered.

 

June 27

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

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Pastor Christian Andrews grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, where he spent summers at the Jersey Shore. He was a skater and a surfer, and though he loved youth group, he never dreamed he would become a pastor some day. In college, he studied physics, but before going off to graduate school, he served as a ministry intern in Philadelphia for one year. Working as a teacher’s aide, he was pushed into the position of Bible teacher for the 8th grade students. The experience was a first step toward God’s call for him. He became a youth pastor the following year, and went off to Princeton Theological Seminary to become prepared for a new path.  Pastor Andrews serves as the Lead Pastor of Renaissance Church, in Summit NJ, where he lives with his wife Michelle, and their kids, Nate and Lily.

July 4

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

The Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes was raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from The King’s College and Princeton Theological Seminary, he received a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from The University of Chicago.

He has served as a pastor to three congregations including The National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2002, he became the Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Seminary while also serving as the senior pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

In 2012 he was elected president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

He has eight published books including Searching For Home, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and Body and Soul. He also serves as an Editor at Large and frequent contributor to The Christian Century.

He is married to Dawne Hess Barnes who is an interior decorator. They have three delightful children and two hairy dogs.



 

July 11

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Pastor Erick Sorensen is pastor at Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church in New Jersey. He is married to Missy and they have three boys, Jude, John, and Lincoln. He has co-authored two books: The Sinner/Saint Devotional and Scandalous Stories: A Sort of Commentary on Parables and a co-host of the weekly podcast 30 Minutes in the New Testament.


Our 67th Annual Choir Festival

7 PM

July 18

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Rev. Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, earned his BA and MA degrees from Baylor University and his MDiv and PhD degrees from Princeton Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship. An ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America, Rev. Dr. LaRue is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica Queens, New York. He is a frequent speaker at churches, seminaries, and conferences throughout the country and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.

 

July 25

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Pastor Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. Drew has also co-founded the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission.

Drew graduated from UC Berkeley in California with a major in rhetoric. He later went on to graduate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

He has gone on to preach in many different contexts, both in the United States and abroad. His particular passion is for community and for the transformative power that community brings. He now lives in New York City with his lovely wife Christina, and their two children, David, and Avery. His most restful sabbath involves family, sports, and naps.

 

 August 1

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Tim Lucas is the founder and lead pastor of Liquid Church, named one of America’s 100 Fastest-Growing Churches by Outreach magazine (2019). Tim started Liquid “on accident” with a dozen twenty-something friends meeting in the basement of a 150-year old church. Since launching in 2007, Liquid has experienced rapid growth and thousands of changed lives. The innovative church has grown to 7 locations across New Jersey with 5,000 people in attendance and more than 2,400 baptisms to date.

Tim is the author of Liquid Church: 6 Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ. A dynamic communicator, Tim is a national conference speaker known for creatively communicating the Bible to post-Christian audiences with passion, heart, and humor.

Tim’s innovative approaches to outreach have been spotlighted by CNN , Fox News, The Today Show and the New York Times. Tim leads the Northeast Pastors Coaching Network to equip and mentor senior pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters to reach the next generation for Christ.

A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Tim and his wife Colleen raise their two children just outside of New York City. 

Close of Camp Meeting Week

 August 8

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and best-selling author of more than twenty books. His classic, The Case for Christ, is a perennial favorite which details his conversion to Christianity. His recent release, The Case for Grace, won the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the EPCA. For the last twenty-five years, his life’s work has been to share the evidence that supports the truth and claims of Christianity and to equip believers to share their faith with the people they know and love.

Lee earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and his Master of Studies in Law at Yale Law School. He was a journalist for fourteen years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.

Lee has been a featured guest on national TV networks. He was the host of Faith Under Fire, a provocative program that brought together some of the brightest Christians and skeptics to debate issues central to the Christian faith. He also appeared in the feature film, God's Not Dead 2, as an expert witness for the defense. In 2017 Pure Flix Entertainment released The Case for Christ, a major motion picture depicting Lee's journey from atheism to faith.

Lee and his wife, Leslie, have been married for over 40 years and live in Texas.

 

 August 15

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

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Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations.

His warm conversational style, coupled with a quick sense of humor and a unique ability to make Scripture come alive, have also made him a popular speaker for Congregations, Parenting Seminars, College chapels, Mens' Retreats, as well as numerous Family Camps and Conferences. His ministry has given him platforms as diverse as Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (NJ), the Chautauqua Institute (NY), Forest Home Family Camp (CA), The Creation Festival (PA and WA), Covenant Harbor Conference Center (WI), Camp Berea "Man Camp" (NH), the Presidential Prayer Breakfast (DC), the Christian Camps and Conferences National Convention and literally hundreds of pulpits and college campuses around the world. His international ministry has ranged from youth conventions, Mens' retreats and training conferences in Australia, New Zealand, throughout Europe, parts of Asia and all over North America and the Caribbean. His long association with Youth Specialties has allowed him to touch the lives and ministries of thousands of youth workers and teenagers around the world.

Duffy graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and completed his Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Duffy has He's the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and his latest book, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.

 

 August 22

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity since 2003. He currently teaches Prophetic Ministry, Ethics and Politics, Ministry and Criminal Justice, and Church and Community Studies.

He has served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is currently a pastoral associate at Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the Howard Divinity faculty, he served as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Religion and Public Policy at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. He also has held faculty positions at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, Yale University, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, The Center for Urban Theological Studies (Geneva College), and Jersey City State College.

Dr. Trulear is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, essays and published sermons. His important monographs include “Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth,” “The African American Church and Welfare Reform,” and “George Kelsey: Unsung Hero.” With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, he is co-editor of the book Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward.

He directs a national research and demonstration project called “Healing Communities,” mobilizing congregations to support those returning from incarceration through the establishment of family and social support networks.

 August 29

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

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Dr. Steve DeNeff currently serves as Senior Pastor of College Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN.  On the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, the church is an inter-generational congregation in an academic setting that exists within a city that is economically and educationally strained.  College Church partners with community leaders to reverse the spiritual, economic and educational gears that contribute to poverty. 

In addition to being a frequent contributor to Wesleyan periodicals, Steve travels extensively as a speaker to conferences, camps and retreats, and is active in the training and development of new ministers.  His books include Way of Holiness, More than Forgiveness, Seven Saving Graces, SoulShift: The Measure of a Life Transformed, and most recently, FaultLines: Challenges That Transform Your Soul. 

Pastor Steve earned his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University where he also received an honorary doctorate in 2003.  For over 30 years, he has been the lucky husband of Lori and is the father of two adult children.  He and Lori welcomed their first grandbaby in 2017, Maddox Ryne.


Sacred Masterworks
7pm

“Hear My Prayer”

A Concert of Hope and Healing

The Great Auditorium


September 5

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

Dr. David Ireland is founder and senior pastor of Christ Church, a 9,000-member multisite congregation in North Jersey representing over 70 nationalities. Former diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association, Dr. Ireland has led chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. Ireland has traveled to more than 75 nations and built a reputation of teaching culturally relevant messages that inspire and empower his global audiences. He is a well-respected columnist contributing to such media outlets like Fox News, Huffington Post, and Patheos. Dr. Ireland is the author of over 20 books including Raising a Child Who Prays. Ireland has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, The 700 Club, and Focus on the Family. Through his community development corporation, he offers a home for victims of domestic violence.

The Rev. Ireland holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (Fairleigh Dickinson University), a graduate degree in civil engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology), a master’s degree in theology (Alliance Theological Seminary). He has an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership (Regent University) and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a candidate for a graduate degree in social innovation from the University of Cambridge in England. Dr. Ireland was recently appointed as a member of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives. He serves on the boards of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dr. Marlinda Ireland, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

September 12 — Salvation Army Sunday

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM

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Colonel Ken Johnson

Our speaker of the morning on Salvation Army Sunday will be Colonel Ken Johnson.

Having both been born into the home of Salvation Army parents, it was clear that the Lord had plans for Colonels Ken and his wife Paula at a very early age. Having committed their lives to Jesus, the Johnsons very quickly developed the zeal for service to others through the mission of The Salvation Army.

Since they were commissioned in 1984, the Johnsons have served in a wide variety of roles in the United States and internationally. The Johnsons presently serve as the National Chief Secretary and National Secretary for Personnel at The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters.

The real joy of their life are their two children: Christopher and Ashely and their four grandchildren, Ryan, Brooklyn, Kate and Harper.