Our Pastor

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Dr. Nathaniel Gibbs, Sr.

Nathaniel Gibbs, Sr. is the founding Pastor of the Church of The Open Door in Decatur, Georgia. He was licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry at the Yorktown Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He and his wife, Bessie, are the proud parents of six adult children. As a noted Bible Teacher, it is his desire to serve the Lord with all of his heart, and to faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.


  • DBA in Marketing, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, April 2016
  • MBA in Marketing, Argosy University, Atlanta, GA, May 2012
  • John Marshall Law School, Completed 1st Year Law School, 01/94 – 06/95
  • DD Doctor of Divinity, Virginia Seminary, Lynchburgh, VA, July 1977
  • BA in Religious Education, Selma University, May 1977
  • BS in Accounting, University of South Alabama, May 1971

Honors and Awards

Graduated with Distinction, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, G.P.A. 4.00/4.00, 2016

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia, G.P.A. 4.00/4.00, 2012

Member, Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society, 2015

Member, Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society, 2012