Leadership & Staff
Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz, Lead Pastor
Pastor Lydia is an ordained Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and is a dynamic and experienced pastor developing new church starts. She is a passionate community advocate, trained therapist, and renowned musician. Pastor Lydia has extensive experience serving with multi-cultural settings, has a deep commitment to serving Latino and immigrant communities, and a heart for engaging young people.
Pastor Lydia has been a part of creating and designing worship for the World Council of Churches in South Korea for the World Assembly, and has led and designed worship for various local, jurisdictional, and national conferences and events.
She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and Penn State University. Pastor Lydia shares her life with her husband, the Rev. James McIntire, Esq., and their children, William Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lindsay McIntire, and their dogs Mac & Ella.
Rev. Dr. Deborah Tanksley-Brown
The Rev. Dr. Deborah Tanksley-Brown is an ordained Deacon serving the Church of the Open Door. Her ministerial service includes preaching, teaching, community ministry, and ministry development. She is the ministry director for the H.U.B. of Hope HIV/AIDS ministry.
She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from West Chester University and graduated from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2000. She was licensed to preach the gospel in 1995 and ordained in June 2001 serving in an American Baptist Church. The United Methodist Church recognized her Elder Orders in June 2006 and she was recognized as a Deacon in Full Connection in June 2009. She completed a Doctor in Ministry program for the Renewal of the Church for Mission in May 2009.
Deborah recently retired from a career as a Medical Case Manager working with people living with and affected by HIV & AIDS. In recognition of her service in the area HIV/AIDS, she is one of the first recipients of the Shero Award from Lincoln University’s Women’s Center and Counseling Services in March 2010.
Deborah is a gardener. She loves to see the miracle of growth and new life. This vision of new and abundant life extends into her ministry. Rev. Tanksley-Brown is married with an adult son, which keeps life full of surprises.
Rev. Susan L. Worrell
The Rev. Susan L. Worrell is an ordained Deacon and a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Chaplain with the United Methodist Church serving on the Pastoral staff of Church of the Open Door. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Addictions Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with over 28 years of experience. Susan recently completed a comprehensive training program in Spiritual Direction.
In addition to her ministry leadership at the Church of the Open Door in Kennett Square, Deacon Susan serves as the Founding Director of the non-profit ministry Hope Christian Counseling (www.HopeChristianCounseling.info) with offices in West Chester and Kennett Square, offering access to emotional and spiritual care to all regardless of a person’s ability to pay a full fee. Rev. Worrell also offers a high-quality alternative to in-house resources for local area churches through leadership in trainings, workshops, and retreats for both laity and clergy.
As a counselor, speaker, teacher, retreat leader, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Deacon Susan is committed to a ministry of healing and wholeness, mentally, physically, spiritually, and relationally.
Rev. Worrell is married with two adult children and six grandchildren.