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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Ed Underwood

Pastor of Discipleship & Community

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. If you want to join in the many conversations Ed is involved in, visit his website.
 
Work: (626) 914-4646 x16
 
 
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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
 
 
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David Newkirk  

Youth 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
 
 
 
 
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Jeremy Maclenan

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
 

Introducing our new Lead Pastor: David Anderson

 
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I want to begin by sharing a little bit about my calling to ministry. I don’t think you find your calling, but rather, your calling finds you. In my experience, the process of Jesus moving anyone into vocational ministry is an odd and glorious combination of doubt, fear and excitement. My calling began with my parents. As a young boy I remember that a commitment to the Body of Christ was never an option for me. Not only did I need to be in church, but I needed to be serving and thinking about others when I was with the family of God. In junior high I signed up to work with the two-year olds on Sunday morning. I didn’t teach the lesson, lead the craft or do much at all, but my job was to build blocks so that wild two-year old boys could run through them and destroy them with great delight. It was such an odd start to ministry, but even at a young age, I began to fall in love with the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and fall in love with the people for whom He came to die.
In junior high and high school, many godly men and women invested in my life. They lavished time, encouragement, and ministry opportunities on me. When I graduated high school, the youth pastor convinced me to take over a 6th grade small group in the junior high. It was in this ministry where I received some incredible training and experience. Shortly after that, I spent two summers with a wonderful family in Colorado. There, the youth pastor took me under his wing and challenged me over and over to focus on relationships and not programs. He convinced me that discipleship is life changing, and that you can change someone forever by spending intentional time with them and living the Christian life in front of them. From that time on, several other very significant men and women entered my life. Their authenticity, grace, tender love and affirmation have been so crucial to my growth.
 
In 1996 I graduated from Biola University in Christian Education. I also have a Masters in Theology (pastoral emphasis) from Dallas Theological Seminary (2001). My wife, Nancy, is a part-time 3rd grade teacher in Covina and a full-time mom and partner in ministry. We have five beautiful children: Jack (13), Rylie (10), and triplets Matthew, Morgan and Cameron (8). We live in Azusa, California, and our lifeline and foundation in Jesus Christ is our community of 30 years, Church of the Open Door.

I am so thrilled to shepherd Church of the Open Door and be a part of what God is doing here. Last year we reaffirmed our core distinctives as a community. These distinctives truly describe my heart for ministry moving forward:

  1. Teaching God’s unchanging Word (2 Tim 3:16-17, Heb. 4:12, Psalm 119:89).
  2. Trusting grace in community (Gal. 6:1-2, Eph. 4:1-3, Heb. 10:24-25)
  3. Moving forward through bold prayer (Heb. 4:15-16, John 16:24, Matt. 7:11).
  4. Making disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2, Col. 1:27-29).

Much Love,

David & Nancy Anderson
 
To read an article about Dave & Nancy recently published in the San Gabriel Examiner, please click here