In 2001, Gwen and Charles Matthews began a Bible study in their home here in San Diego. Shortly after launching the Bible study, the number of Bible study attendees began to grow. The Bible study quickly doubled, and then tripled in size!
The word got out about the awesome “Word-based” Bible study that was also interactive; here people could participate in the Bible study. They could learn and share their views in a friendly environment. Soon there were visitors, which included occasional visitors from China, Africa and Japan. People wanted to experience what God was doing with the small Bible study in the Matthews’ home.
After much prayer and instruction, Gwen and Charles finally answered the call to pastor. The late Dr. Loretta A. Gonzales of Triple A Ministries ordained them and released them to pastor. They held their first service on Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2002. The first worship service was held at their home with approximately 25 people in attendance. That very same Resurrection Sunday, Pastors Charles and Gwen Matthews performed our very first christening and welcomed their first “official” members to the “unofficial” church.
There was no turning back from that point! At the next Sunday service, to the congregations’ delight, our Pastors shared the name God had given them for our church, “Open Door Family Worship Center.”Our foundational scripture for the God-given name: …I was a stranger and you invited me in… Matthew 25:35.
Open Door Family Worship Center continued to grow and flourish at the pastor’s home. The house services were filled with the Spirit of the Lord and an intimacy that cannot be put into words. As more and more people joined the Open Door family, the pastor’s home could no longer hold the congregation!
On Sunday, May 2, 2004 we moved in to our second location in Lemon Grove, CA. After four years, the building could no longer hold the growing congregation. By faith, the pastors again began looking for a home to house the Open Door Family.
March 4, 2009 Open Door Family Worship Center moved to 4646 Mission Gorge Place San Diego, CA. Under our pastor’s extraordinary vision and leadership, the Open Door Family Worship Center has birthed a school that trains in the prophetic and character of lifestyle named “Eagle Eye”, a Saturday training school called the “International Institute for Spiritual Development (IISD)”, and there are other projects in the developmental stages. God is truly blessing and moving in our ministry! Open Door Family Worship Center purposes to actively pursue the Father in order to continue to be one of the places where He dwells!
The services in the early days are as awesome as they are now. The intensity of worship and God’s glory has built over the years; people always come by to be refreshed by the “forward-moving” voice of our Shepherds combined with strategic, Bible-founded principled living. Come join us at the “Open Door Experience”; we are filled with joy and the love of our Father; come to the Door- it is Open and we will love on you!