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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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Brooklyn Heights Blog (blog)

Brooklyn Heights Blog (blog)
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:52:30 -0800

“We also have over 400 letters signed from the Farragut houses, from the Church of the Open Door, from people from the school [all] supporting our plan. I urge you to listen.” Hannah-Jones added later in the evening the action plan includes a request ...


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:00:00 -0800

"Having black people in places is a different issue than addressing equality of resources between communities," said Mark V.C. Taylor, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, and a vocal advocate for Farragut residents and nearby public housing projects.


Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:03:19 -0800

Since taking the unusual step of postponing a vote on the issue, city education officials said they have met with community members from neighborhood associations; PTAs; Farragut Houses and the Church of the Open Door; school leadership teams at the ...
Canon City Daily Record
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:07:30 -0800

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 ...

Carroll County Times

Carroll County Times
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:33:45 -0800

11 the Church of the Open Door is bringing two choirs and a band and they will be caroling [from 6 to 7:30 p.m.] up and down Main Street," Sheavly said. "They will come back to the park at 7:30 and their band will do a half-hour concert in the park ...
Clinton Herald
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:33:45 -0700

North for Ward 3 and Church of the Open Door at 816 13th Ave. North for Ward 4. Camanche residents can place their votes at Church of the Visitation at 1032 Middle Road, DeWitt residents will vote at the DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th St. and Goose ...

Miami Herald

Miami Herald
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:48:45 -0800

For more than three decades, The Church of God of Prophecy-Miami No. 1 at 4528 NW First Ave. has celebrated faithful church members and an outstanding community leader at its annual Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet. Last year, I was honored as an ...
Naples Daily News
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:21:14 -0700

... mouth and foot artist from England on December 20, the service of dedication on February 14, a concert by Paul Todd on February 28, and a Joe Carter African-American concert by the Gospel Choir of the Church of the Open Door in Miami on March 28.

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