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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 Ace Hotel Los Angeles. It was relocated there by the late William Eugene Scott who took it with him when his church (Los Angeles University Cathedral) 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 on 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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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:43:36 -0700

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South County Times

South County Times
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:33:45 -0700

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The South Florida Times

The South Florida Times
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:15:00 -0700

... what needs to be said, at the right time, and in the right way. The Rev. R. Joaquin Willis, D. Min., is pastor of the Church of the Open Door at in Miami's Liberty City community. He may be reached at 305-759-0373 or pastor@churchoftheopendoormiami ...
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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:45:00 -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.

Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Paper
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:14:05 -0700

... to include Dumbo, and relocate MS 313, which is currently sharing the campus. Enlarge this image. Photo by Jason Speakman. Preach: Rev. Dr. Mark V.C. Taylor, pastor at the Church of the Open Door near PS 307, spoke fervantly against the rezoning.
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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:15:00 -0700

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Leavenworth Times

Leavenworth Times
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:00:00 -0700

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ColorLines magazine
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:58:30 -0700

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