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The Church of the Open Door was conceived by R. A. Torrey who had come to Los Angeles to start a Bible institute (now known as Biola University) similar to Moody Bible Institute. The church was to be strictly non-denominational, though Evangelical. Its purpose was to reach the lost of Los Angeles, which was reflected in the name based on two passages of Scripture: John 10:9 and Revelation 3:8. Other pastors have included Louis T. Talbot (1932–1948) and J. Vernon McGee (1949–1970). The current Pastor is Ed Underwood.

For 70 years the church was located in downtown Los Angeles on Hope Street. It relocated to Glendora, California in 1985.


The original church building was located in downtown Los Angeles and was demolished in the late 1980s. Despite efforts led by the late William Eugene Scott to prevent the building from being sold to developers and to have the building saved as a historic landmark, the building could not be saved because it was so damaged in the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake that it was declared unsafe and the cost of repairs deemed prohibitive. The historic "Jesus Saves" sign from the original building can now be seen atop the Los Angeles University Cathedral. It was relocated there by the late William Eugene Scott, the owner of the building at the time of earthquake, who took it with him when his church relocated following the earthquake.


When the church moved to Glendora in 1985, it purchased land from Azusa Pacific University. It is still a thriving church, with about 500 worshipers every Sunday. Ed Underwood is the current pastor, with David Anderson serving as associate pastor. There are two services every Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center, which is located just South of the gym.A variety of Sunday School classes are available, including ones for adults, and ones for children and teenagers. HUB (Home Unity Bible) groups meet weekly in local church families homes. This small group ministry is centered around fellowship and discussion of the pastor's sermon from Sunday.


  • Senior Pastor: Ed Underwood
  • Adult Pastor: David Anderson
  • Youth Pastor: David Newkirk
  • Worship Pastor: Tom Townsend
  • Missions Pastor: David Schaller

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:31:50 -0700

... of the largest churches in Texas – Houston's Second Baptist Church, Grace Community Church, and Iglesia Rios de Aceite Church; First Baptist Church in Dallas; Gateway Church in Southlake; Hyde Park Baptist in Austin; Church of the Open Door in Waco ...
The Morning Journal
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:22:30 -0700

Elyria's Church of the Open Door hosted its Health Fair in the Ralph Neighbor Center, June 13. The event, held at Route 113 and West Ridge Road, offered free eye exams, hearing tests, diabetic glucose tests and blood pressure tests. Various health care ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:53:19 -0700

Church of the Open Door: 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township, a nondenominational fellowship, Sunday worship, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; www.codyork.org, office@codyork.org, 717-767-6491. • Interwoven: 1 p.m. the first and ...
Clinton Herald
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:53:42 -0700

The Sabbath for Widows/Widowers (S4W) group will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Open Door in Clinton. The group will view the GriefShare DVD session 6 “Why?” which showcases what God has to say about questions during grieving.

Chelsea Now

Chelsea Now
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:37:24 -0700

Members of Community Voices Heard — a housing advocacy group based on E. 106th St. — and congregants of Brooklyn's Church of the Open Door had numerous representatives at the meeting. The seven-person panel included two NYCHA leaders, four ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:41:33 -0700

All these meetings are open, all welcome. Celebrate Recovery: a program designed to help those struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits, meet 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Church of the Open Door Youth Building, 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township.
The Morning Journal
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

Church of the Open Door expanding to Vermilion. Maribeth Joeright/MJoeright@News-Herald.com. Bob Gardener of Vermillion has found a new home for his church, Church of the Open Door in what was formerly the Vermillion Local Schools administrative ...


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:05:07 -0800

EVEN A HEFTY dose of snow, ice and cold doesn't keep Bishop Audrey F. Bronson, 85, the founder and pastor of West Philadelphia's Sanctuary Church of the Open Door, at home on a Sunday. Despite the freezing rain and temperatures, she has just ...

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