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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.

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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.

Glendora[edit]

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 four services every Sunday, a Traditional Service, two Contemporary Services and a Spanish Service. The Traditional Service meets at 8:00am in the White House, a building named for the late Charles White. The Contemporary meets at 9:30 a.am and 11:00 a.m. in the new Worship Center, which is located just South of the gym and the Spanish Service also meets at 9:30am in 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.

Pastors[edit]

  • Senior Pastor: Ed Underwood
  • Adult Pastor: David Anderson
  • Youth Pastor: David Newkirk
  • Children's Pastor: Scott Dodson
  • Worship Pastor: Tom Townsend
  • Missions Pastor: David Schaller

See also[edit]

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222 news items

 
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 ...
 
York Daily Record
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Church of the Open Door: 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township, Celebrate Recovery from 7 to 9 p.m. with worship, teaching/testimony and small group interaction. Refreshments will be provided. For details, visit www.codyork.org/cr. Trinity United ...
 
York Daily Record
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:19:50 -0700

Church of the Open Door: 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township, Celebrate Recovery from 7 to 9 p.m. with worship, teaching/testimony and small group interaction. Refreshments will be provided. For details, visit www.codyork.org/cr. Trinity United ...
 
Waco Tribune-Herald
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:40:30 -0700

Overcomers Recovery Support Group for Women, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Church of the Open Door, Interstate 35 and North Loop 340, exit 339; 799-2656. * Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m. at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 305 N. 30th St., enter through courtyard; ...
 
Webster Kirkwood Times
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

The St. Louis Artists' Guild will not be relocating to the former Church of the Open Door site at 9440 Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves. The decision comes after a lawsuit was filed against the city of Webster Groves by residents opposing the Artists ...
 
Canon City Daily Record
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:04:05 -0700

10 a.m. Sunday Worship will be in the Church of the Open Door at 950 Victory Lane in Florence, followed by worship and praise at 10:40 a.m. with Pastor Henry Adams. For more information, call 719-380-9546. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship will be featured at the ...
 
Webster Kirkwood Times
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:16:50 -0700

St. Louis Artists' Guild has decided not to relocate to the former Church of the Open Door site at 9440 Big Bend in Webster Groves. The decision comes after a lawsuit was filed against the city of Webster Groves by residents opposing St. Louis Artists ...
 
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:06:42 -0700

Those included 6 & 13 Quick Mart, Bookcliff Car Wash, Bookcliffs Professional Building, CarQuest Auto Parts, Church of the Open Door, Eagle Springs Crossing, Meskin Enterprises, Rifle Truck & Trailer, Rocky Mountain Baptist Church and Subway. Garfield ...
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