LYNNWOOD — The Rev. Jason Murphy was a 2-year-old when he attended Open Door Baptist Church for the first time.
“I used to sit right there when I was little,” he said, pointing to a spot inside his office.
While growing up, he listened and learned from Ken Blue, who started the church in his own Mountlake Terrace home in 1969 and served as its pastor for 39 years.
“My wife and I started with 25 folding chairs and 25 songbooks and went door to door in Mountlake Terrace,” Blue said. “We met in our living room.”
Three years later, the Open Door Baptist congregation began meeting at its current location, 17014 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.
Murphy, 38, was too young to remember the congregation building the church in 1972 but his parents and several charter members of the church helped. He said the Bible has always been paramount at Open Door Baptist.
“This is a very Bible centered church,” Murphy said. “There’s always been a high emphasis on serving God, doing something for the Lord, that’s what I remember the most about growing up here.”
Murphy spent seven years serving as an associate pastor at Open Door Baptist after earning his pastoral diploma from the Open Door Bible Institute. He accepted the position of senior pastor last October after Lou Gehrig’s disease forced Blue to make a decision to retire one year short of the church’s 40th anniversary.
Murphy knew it was Blue’s goal to serve as the church’s pastor for 40 years, he said. Inviting him to speak at the church’s 40th anniversary celebration at 11 a.m. on Sunday was an easy decision to make.
“Our people love him and it honors him as well,” he said. “It will be a blessing for him to actually be in the pulpit at the 40th anniversary.”
Blue was honored to receive the invitation to speak, he said, and believes the church will continue to grow in its next 40 years.
“Personally I think Jason and his new staff have the ability and the vision to take (the church) to new numerical heights,” he said. “The church should be growing numerically and spiritually. He’s the perfect man for the job.”
Open Door Baptist has welcomed 62 new members to its congregation in the past nine months and will continue to try to reach families in the community according to Murphy.
“I would say that the direction overall would just be to continue to do the right thing and reach families for Christ,” he said. “To help people grow spiritually and be an influence in the community are the things that stand out the most.”
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the party
Come to the 40th anniversary celebration of Open Door Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday at 17014 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.