Dave Newkirk. Student Ministries Pastor | Email: david.newkirk@churchoftheopendoor.com
Weekly meetings: Tuesday nights 7:00-8:30pm and Sunday mornings 9:00-10:30am @ Hillside.
Our Student Ministries exist to teach and model for our students what it means to be a biblical disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ in a world that is filled with bad ideas and depraved behavior. We want to do this by: challenging our students continually with the Word of God, modeling and practicing living in a healthy, Christ-centered community, entering into personal, one-on-one discipleship relationships and constantly wondering about the purpose and calling the Living God has given us!
JULY 12-15
Camp Pendleton
($50 non-refundable deposit secures
a spot for your student)
If you still want to register your student,
HS Travel Camp 2018
(El Capitan Beach | Lake Crowley)
Due to the fires there has been a location
change for the last part of  camp


Jr High Surf Camp 2016

Junior High

Our weekly meetings @ Hillside
Sunday mornings at 9:00am
Tuesday night youth group 7:00 to 8:30pm
Our desire is to see our jr. high students “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10) It is our prayer that our students are falling deeply in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and building a spiritual foundation for a lifetime.
First and foremost, our greatest desire is that our students would pursue a vibrant love relationship with Jesus Christ. Once a student is overwhelmed by love for their Savior so many things come into place. Holiness is not just the absence of sin, but it involves living a spirit-filled life, following and becoming more like Jesus Christ.

Second, it is our desire to encourage each of our students to be personally involved in authentic Christian community. We want to deal with the real world. We are not developing a comfortable Christian climate; we are attempting to challenge them to authentic relationships and to dealing head on with their struggles and pain. All of our students are involved in small groups that we call core groups that are huge catalysts for this.

Third, it is our desire that our students have a passion for the lost.Our groups are heavily involved in evangelism and apologetics training, cold-turkey witnessing and various mission trips. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Even living in a postmodern world we take this statement very seriously.
Come grow and learn with us!
Houseboats 2016

High School

Our weekly meetings @ Hillside
Sunday mornings at 9:00am
Tuesday night prayer group at 6:00pm
Tuesday night youth group from 7:00 to 8:30
Teaching our high school students how to live Godly lives is one of the most important jobs of a church.
Students today face some of the same pressures that nearly everyone can remember: school, sports, friends, peer pressure, girlfriends, boyfriends, drugs, alcohol, and sexual impurity. Some things will never change! But today these age-old influences are combined with text messaging, wireless internet, instant messaging, and a whole host of other technologies and changes in our modern world. Our students cannot walk this journey alone. We are not striving for behavior modification in our students; we are praying that they will fall in love with our Lord Jesus Christ and enter into a deep relationship with Him.

The high school group at Church of the Open Door aims to teach and model for our students what a disciple of Jesus Christ looks like on high school campuses today. Far more than merely avoiding the many pitfalls of High School, we want our students to be constantly challenged by the Word of God, to be cultivating a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to be wondering what purpose and calling the Living God may have placed on their lives.

Come join us on the journey!


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  Jr. High Winter Camp Recap

“Over weekend we witnessed students engaging with God’s Word in such a way that reintroduced the power of the gospel in their lives. We love every opportunity to spend time with these kids, but nothing makes it quite as exciting as snowball fights and Jesus!”
David Newkirk, Youth Pastor, reflecting on Junior High Winter Camp February 10-12, 2017

High School Winter Camp Recap

January 2018
Our recent time at Hume Lake was filled with moments that gave me a deep hope for the future of COD (and our country) … 14-18 year olds who have a passion to pursue an abiding love with Jesus Christ and His Body, the local church.

I was blown away as I watched a thousand teenagers raise their hands in worshiping our heavenly Father. I was even more stunned as I watched them encourage and exhort each other in their pursuit of love and unity. The all-encompassing love of Jesus is what transforms the heart of a student and being able to watch Him work on weekends like this is the greatest privilege of my life.

Grace and Peace,

David Newkirk
Pastor of Student Ministries

While at Hume Lake, I was able to navigate through what it looked like for me to be a leader amongst peers and more specifically younger girls. Of the practical leadership opportunities I was given, I learned that being a leader doesn’t have to mean being a vocal person who speaks in front of  people, but on the flip side can be someone who helps process hard things, sits with hurting people in their mess, or can be someone who simply prays alongside others. – Madi Vincent, senior

What a way to end my years at Hume! Best one yet, with the best people! Love everyone who played a part in making the weekend one to remember! Oh and we also dominated broom hockey! – McKayla Tilton, senior

I had a great weekend playing broom hockey and pursuing Christ with this amazing group of people (a big thanks to Elisa who took pictures the whole weekend.) – Rebecca Jackson, sophomore