Pew opener

an usher in a church.
- Dickens.

See also: Pew

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
I acted in the capacity of backer, or best-man, to the bridegroom; while a little limp pew opener in a soft bonnet like a baby's, made a feint of being the bosom friend of Miss Skiffins.
There were several outstanding performances, not least from one of the company's regulars, Philip Cox as Dr Daly the village vicar, and Graham Hoadly as Mrs Partlett (a pew opener with a large family chest), who owed more than touch of his character to Mrs Brown (for those familiar with the TV comedy starring Irish comedy actor Brendan O'Carroll).