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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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Mendota Reporter
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:26:15 -0800

The most recent churches were Church of the Open Door in Harwood Heights, Princeton Bible Church in Princeton and Mendota Bible Church in Mendota. His love for the Lord shone through his life, his ministry and his service to others. He helped to start ...

The South Florida Times

The South Florida Times
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:18:45 -0800

... within such ways there is special power to produce 'new means.' The Rev. R. Joaquin Willis is pastor of the Church of the Open Door UCC in Miami's Liberty City community. He may be reached at 305-759-0373 or pastor@churchoftheopendoormiami.org ...

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York Daily Record/Sunday News
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:03:45 -0800

CORE Design Group has been selected to provide design and construction phase services for Church of the Open Door in West Manchester Township. The project consists of a newly-created worship space that seats 200, with the ability to grow to 500, ...

Great Falls Tribune

Great Falls Tribune
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:38:05 -0800

The Greater Faith Church of the Open Door offers a place where people of any religion can come to learn about the Bible, the Lewises said. “Most of the folk that have come here are from various denominations,” said Rob Lewis. “We're not church as usual.”.

The Miami Times

The Miami Times
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:18:45 -0800

Dr. R. Joaquin Willis is pastor of the Church of the Open Door and board chair of Collective Empowerment Group (CEG) of South Florida Inc., which joined forces with Community Housing Partners, the third-highest vote getter. Willis said the mayor can ...

Miami Herald

Miami Herald
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:05:01 -0800

As I write this column, our nation is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I can't help but wonder how he would feel about the state of the country today. What would he think about the shootings and the killing of our young people? The seemingly ...

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:56:15 -0800

The Greater Faith Church of the Open Door will hold it's inaugural service in it's new location on Sunday, January 24th. The church is moving into the old St. Joseph Catholic Church building located on 420 2nd Ave SW in Great Falls. Renovations have ...


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