Open Door Church
The Open Door Mission True Light Church started as a Sunday School in the inner city of North Philadelphia in 1966 under the leadership of the late Rev. James L. Ballard, Sr. Rev. Ballard was a man on a mission. It is for this reason that the name of the church, The Open Door Mission True Light Church, became prophetic as well as explanatory of what God was doing and would do. The word that is the key to the history, present and future, embodied in the name of the church is “Mission.” Open Door now operates in the West Philadelphia area of the city as a true Open Door to “evangelical and philanthropic work in the urban area.”
Rev. Dr. Maureen L. Davis became the presiding pastor of the Open Door Mission True Light Church which is a Pentecostal church that worships God and serves his people in excellence. We are about the business of establishing territory for God on which the Gospel message can be known, loved and lived. We continue to be a church with a mission that is on a mission to win the lost for Christ.
Open Door is blessed with gifts of anointed worship, preaching and teaching from the Word of God that will lead you into new levels of revelation and understanding. Our services are directed towards ushering you into the presence of God and presenting you the uncompromised Word of God. We anticipate the power of God to be present in all of our services and strive to show the love of God to all who come. We invite you to come and visit us and share in an awesome time of worship, praise and fellowship. If you do not presently have a church home, we pray you will consider uniting with us.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” The vision of the Open Door Mission True Light Church is to educate, equip and empower believers to become leaders who carry the ministry of the local church into the world. To develop a holistic ministry in West Philadelphia and surrounding areas that seeks to transform the church and community spiritually, mentally, socially and economically.
We exist to CELEBRATE God as we bring souls to Christ, building a COMMUNITY of believers who are CARING for one another, and striving towards COMPLETION as we fulfill our COMMISSION in this world.
Open Door operates in Five Functions of ministry as well as provides community services through Resources & Support Ministries. Each function has several small group ministries that enables the membership to grow in relationship and maturity in Christ. We exist to CELEBRATE God (Worship) building a COMMUNITY of believers (Fellowship) who are CARING for one another (Service), striving towards COMPLETION (Discipleship) and fulfilling our COMMISSION (Evangelism)
"We exist to CELEBRATE God as we bring souls to Christ"
"Building a COMMUNITY of believers"
"Who are CARING for one another"
"...and strive towards COMPLETION"
"As we fulfill our COMMISSION in this world"
Our Future Home
DESTINY CITY, In 2008 Open Door Mission True Light Church aquired 9 acres of land with plans to build a Multi-Ministry which will include a 21st Century State of the Art Worship Facility. This facility will house a 1700 seat Sanctuary, an Administrative Wing, a Fellowship & Banquet Hall, Sunday School Wing, and the James Ballard Memorial Cultural Arts Center.
The Family Life Center currently provides programs and services that are delivered under the auspices of Outreach to Youth. They include a free summer youth camp, a year-long youth program operating semi-monthly and after-school tutoring program. These program components offer field trips, cultural activities (arts, music, dance, etc.) abstinence, mentoring and tutoring.
Family Life Center
DOOR TO DESTINY FAMILY LIFE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation established in 2005. The corporation legally formalizes and separates the operation of community-based services and programs provided by the Open Door Mission True Light Church for over 40 years.
Our mission is to eliminate those social ills that destroy families and communities such as poverty, unemployment, homelessness, illiteracy and substance abuse. Doors to Destiny Family Life Center develops programs and services that foster the ethical, social and intellectual development of children while nurturing their capacity to think skillfully and critically. While focusing on the development of children, parents, other adults and seniors are also included in the target service demographic of our organization.