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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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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 ...
Canon City Daily Record
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:20:03 -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 ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:07:30 -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 ...

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Montgomery Newspapers
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:30:00 -0700

Isaac, who likes playing classical music, started taking piano lessons at age 7 while attending a Bible program at Church of the Open Door in Fort Washington, where one of his teachers was Nancy Beale, the church's music director, pianist and a piano ...
Waco Tribune-Herald
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:48:14 -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; ...
Quad City Times
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:03:45 -0700

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:48:45 -0700

... all year long. In addition to the chancel choir, there will be soloists and instrumentalists all performing custom arrangements by McCoy. The service is open to everyone and all are welcomed and urged to attend this service at “the Church of the ...


Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:57:56 -0700

Friday was a heavy work day for Pastor Jim Mindling of Church of the Open Door. He had meeting after meeting and didn't hear of the ruling until receiving a text early in the afternoon. It was a disappointment to the Christian leader of the community ...

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