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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 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.


  • 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

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:41:15 -0800

She was a member of Church of the Open Door and was involved in Youth For Christ early on in her life. She was a member of the Black River Audubon Society and was an active representative for Shaklee Vitamins, Avon Corporation, and Amway Home ...
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 ...
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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:49:36 -0800

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILIPSTOWN 'The Church of the Open Door' Academy & Cherry Streets, Cold Spring 265-3220 Rev. Leslie Mott, Pastor presbychurchcoldspring.org email: 1presbyterian@gmail.com Sunday service, 10:30 am Office ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:41:30 -0800

Church of the Open Door: 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township, Celebrate Recovery, 7 to 9 p.m. with worship, teaching/testimony and small group interaction. Refreshments will be provided. For details, visit www.codyork.org/cr. Harmony Grove ...

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:48:05 -0800

The Family Garden Initiative began in 2010 as a partnership between Church of the Open Door and Filtrexx Foundation, both in Lorain County, Ohio. Filtrexx International manufactures the GardenSoxx. The purpose is to work with low-income communities.
The Reporter
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:30:00 -0800

30 at Church of the Open Door, 1260 Fort Washington Ave., Upper Dublin. Tickets are $15, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (215) 715-7184 or visit www.amblerchoralsociety.org. Crafts and more. Let's shop: The 38th annual North Penn Holiday Craft ...
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:26:15 -0800

Lillian attended Church of the Open Door. She is survived by her daughters, Nadine (James) Yantko of Sheffield, and Darlene (John) Gaia of Lorain; grandsons, Matt Vealey of Elyria, Mark Vealey of Blooming Rose, West Virginia, Brian Gaia of Toledo, and ...

Canon City Daily Record

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:45:00 -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 ...

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