WHO WE ARE
We have learned that people have been hurt and are desperately searching for something real. We live in the most connected society in history and people feel more alone than ever before. Sadly a great deal of modern churches have missed this opportunity to connect with our communities. We believe a relationship with Jesus is the answer to any circumstance or situation you may be facing.
We pride ourselves on being a church who worships God with passion and enthusiasm. If you’re looking for a church where you can actually feel the presence of God, this is the right place for you!
Be a part of a loving church family who loves spending time with each other. With a diverse congregation and several groups to join, you and your family will feel right at home at Open Door.
God made each of us with unique talents, personalities and skill sets. We get the most joy when we use our God-given talents, gifts and abilities to serve each other.
While The Open Door started in downtown Charleston (where the Town Center Mall is today) it currently sits on the Kanawha Blvd just a few blocks from the West Virginia State Capitol. Originally, the building was one of the largest homes in Charleston with a beautiful view of the Kanawha River. It was later purchased and converted into a motel which operated for decades.
Under the leadership of Rev. B.J. Sowards, the building was purchased in 1979 and renovation began shortly after. What was once the Greystone Motel soon became an apostolic church. The motel had over 30 rooms that had to be removed to make room for the sanctuary. It was a long and difficult project, but with the help of its members, the building
was converted into the church it is today.
Having served many purposes throughout it’s years, the history of the building makes it one of the most unique churches in West Virginia.
This building has been the primary location of The Open Door church family for more than 35 years and has been an instrumental part in the growth of this church.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Do you have to believe everything we do to attend Open Door? There are many non-salvation issues that are discussed among people of different beliefs so not everyone has to believe the same thing. That said, we do believe in a few essential tenants of faith that the Bible is clear on.
PASTOR CHRIS & VONDA SOWARDS
Pastor Chris Sowards is a charismatic leader with forward thinking vision and passionate resolve. He has pastored The Open Door with his wife Vonda Sowards since 1996 with a focus on loving people, loving God and serving others.