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:  A Mighty Work of Grace

June 10, 2017

Dear Church of the Open Door family,

Paul calls us in Ephesians 5:8-9 to walk as children of the light, and when we do, the fruit of the light will be goodness, righteousness and truth.

There are folks in our community of faith who light up a room because they love well. The fruit of the Spirit pours out of them because of the mighty work of grace and love in their lives.

As we pray and prepare for all that God is going to complete this summer through Vacation Bible Adventure, Camp IDRAFOJE (I’D RAther FOllow JEsus), our junior high and high school travel camps, and the Tecate and Ecuador short term mission trips, I want to push the pause button with you and reflect on a life well lived. 

For 25 years Esperanza Ward has faithfully served in our children’s ministry.

She taught a 4 & 5 year old Sunday School class week after week — graciously sharing the love and truth of Jesus, encouraging the children to pray, giving them each a Bible at the end of the year — and invested in lives in the AWANA program as well.

She has joyfully given 7000 hours of her life to this ministry and has impacted over 500 children. 


Esperanza Ward is one of these unique messengers of Christ’s light.


Nancy and I are so grateful for the impact she has had on our five children! To this day we quote her around our dinner table. God’s unwavering grace and love was poured into my children’s hearts through Esperanza.

This year we are praying that God would add 40 partners to our Sunday morning children’s ministry, partners who can continue the legacy of servants like Esperanza.

What a joy to recognize this woman who loved well, and to give thanks for the massive eternal impact her life has had on so many children over the years.

Much love,

David Anderson
Lead Pastor
P.S. As we celebrate the impact of this one faithful life on so many children, I can’t help but mention that Vacation Bible Adventure is just around the corner, and is one of our best opportunities for service and outreach to children and families. We already have 275 children registered to attend!

It’s not too late to volunteer to help (we would benefit from 10 more adult helpers), or to invite some children to come. Contact us!

Dave & Nancy   Anderson 5