Our Pastors

God has gathered our unique staff to serve this generation of COD. We’re committed to serving one another in ways that build the church as we experience God’s grace and truth in community. Though well-trained and gifted, each staff member is more about equipping and releasing others than building programs or mini-empires. We’re all about relationships and serving together in healthy teams in an environment of grace

David Anderson

Lead Pastor

David’s passion is to see individuals and families get connected to the community here and mature in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of his greatest joys is to see individuals and families trust the process of discipleship and be transformed and released to be all that Christ envisioned them to be.David Anderson was installed as COD’s tenth Lead Pastor on August 7, 2016. He has served in leadership roles at Church of the Open Door for almost 20 years, most recently as Associate Pastor. David graduated from Biola University and Dallas Theological Seminary.
David and his wife, Nancy, have five children: Jack, Riley and triplets Matthew, Morgan and Cameron. They live in Azusa and enjoy sports, friends, eating and sometimes exercising.
Work: (626) 914-4646 x24

David Schaller  

Associate Pastor

David and his wife, Shelly, returned to COD in 2011 after working in Southeast Asia as missionaries for nearly 20 years. David earned undergrad and graduate degrees in business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also accepted Christ there through the campus ministry of the Navigators and was impacted for life by simple but profound discipleship. David is currently pursuing a degree from Talbot Seminary.
Here at COD he gives oversight to missions and administrates our HR department. He and Shelly have three sons.
Work: (626) 914-4646 x18

Ed Underwood

Assistant Pastor 

After serving as COD’s Lead Pastor for 20 years, Ed has recently transitioned to his new role of Assistant Pastor of Discipleship and Community Development. Ed enjoys teaching the Bible for life-change and training and equipping leaders. “I did not grow up in a Christian home,” Ed says. “This has marked me with a deep appreciation of the Lord’s power to transform lives, families and cultures. When Jesus Christ steps in, nothing should be the same.”
Ed is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and “in his younger years” served as an officer in the United States Army and a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Ed and Judy have three children and nine grandchildren.
Work: (626) 914-4646 x16

DeVonna Drey

Children’s Pastor

We are thrilled to welcome DeVonna to our staff! DeVonna has over 17 years of experience in Children’s Ministry and is “crazy passionate” about shepherding children and their families. She is completing a degree in Children’s Ministry. Her husband, Pete, is a middle school teacher of Special Education and just completed his M.A. through Liberty University. DeVonna and Pete have three grown sons, one beautiful “daughter-in-love”, and three amazing, active and crazy grandsons!
Work: (626) 914-4646 x36
Email: devonna.drey@churchoftheopendoor.com

David Newkirk  

Student Ministries Pastor

David Newkirk graduated from Biola University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Biblical Studies. Currently he is pursuing a M-Div from Talbot Theological Seminary. He was a high school Biology teacher for five years before coming on staff here at COD. David and his wife, Celia, have three boys: Zachary, Samuel and Max. “What a joy and privilege it is to be a part of changing the world for Christ. It is amazing to watch our youth fall more deeply in love with Jesus and then share that love with those who desperately need it.”
Work: (626) 914-4646 x15

Steve Sandy

Worship Pastor
Music has been an important part of Steve’s life since he started playing trombone in his middle school band.  He attended CSU Fullerton to obtain his degree in music, and during that time became very involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, which instilled in him a love for discipleship and evangelism.  After graduating, he pursued a Master of Church Music degree from Hope International University while serving as a worship leader at his church in Anaheim.  Steve and his wife Merrilee have served together on a number of worship teams and are incredibly grateful to now be a part of the community at COD.  Steve and Merrilee have one son named Tristan.
Work: (626) 914-4646 x12
Email: steve.sandy@churchoftheopendoor.com

Jeremy Maclennan

Properties Pastor

Jeremy and his wife Abra have been coming to Church of the Open Door since 2005 and have four beautiful children. They have been involved in many ministries. Jeremy joined our staff in 2011. 

Work: (626) 914-4646 x11

 From Lead Pastor David Anderson:  Trust Grace

July 13, 2017

Dear Church of the Open Door family,
God has given our church family four distinct and eternally significant assignments. He has called each and every one of us to trust Him as we:

Teach God’s unchanging Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 4:12, Ps. 119:89)

Trust grace in community (Gal. 6:1-2, Eph. 4:1-3, Heb. 10:24-25) 

Move forward through bold prayer (Heb. 4:15-16, John 16:24, Matt. 7:11)

Make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2, Col. 1:27-29)


What we have discovered as we shepherd our people is that one of the most difficult steps in the Christian life is to trust grace in community — to be known, to trust and to allow imperfect Christians to love us with Jesus’ perfect love.

For most of us, this is risky and loaded with possibilities of pain and disappointment. 

As the Gospel heals our brokenness, discipleship (Christian mentoring — take a look at our Discipleship Survey below) allows God an opportunity to shower us with His grace as He heals our failures through His protective love and the love of others. 

Discipleship relationships allow a few people to know you well, to love you, and to pray for you and encourage you in areas that your soul longs for.

Ed Underwood, our Assistant Pastor who oversees discipleship and community development, shares the following about the impact of a grace community on his life:    

Risking trusting grace in community has made all the difference in my own spiritual journey, because it saved me from me. When grace is expressed in the love that tells you the truth and accepts you on your worst day and with all of your weaknesses and hang-ups, it releases you to your destiny in Christ, protected by love. Not only has this process protected me from me, it’s protected those I love the most from me.   

We are enamored by the grace of God that privileges us to be a part of each other’s lives in this way, and we want to invite you into this life changing opportunity!

Much love,  

David Anderson
Lead Pastor

P.S. Ed Underwood has created a Discipleship Survey to help us better understand how we can do this process well. Please take 45 seconds and fill it out (I’ve timed it!). He would love to hear from you and help you take the next step. 
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