About us

Our Leaders

Jon Riley

Senior Pastor

Jon is the son of Mike and Mona Riley, who not only co-founded Open Door, but pastored the church for 45 years! Jon has a passion to see all people everywhere experience intimacy with God. He is passionate about the rights of the poor, welcoming home the lost, and seeing every believer live an abundant life. 

Elena Riley

Elena is a creative, filled with faith and wisdom, whose passion is making environments inspiring, hospitable, and fun. She cares deeply about women's issues, both at home and abroad. She and Jon met while working with the poor in Uganda. They have been back together several times.

Mona Riley

Mona grew up in San Francisco and Marin County. She gave her life to Jesus during the Jesus Movement of the 70s and soon after helped Mike plant Church of the Open Door. Mona is the essence of enthusiasm and hard work. She is a gifted Bible teacher and writer, a proud wife, mom, and grandma.

Mike Riley

Associate Pastor

Mike is one of the founding pastors of Church of the Open Door and has pastored at Open Door for over 45 years! Mike is a true shepherd, a lover of people, a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He has a heart to see every person find health and happiness and belonging in the family of God.


Laura Boyd

Open Door Kids Director

Laura came to Open Door in 2010 and began volunteering immediately! Besides running Open Door Kids, Laura works as an occupational therapist with children - the more challenging the better! Laura has a passion to see children everywhere know Jesus and thrive and we are thrilled to have her at Open Door.

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Charlotte Carmichael

Director of Operations

Charlotte is passionate about seeing every person use their God-given gifts to further the Kingdom. She has the privilege of leading the teams that make Open Door's Sunday Services happen. She loves building and cultivating a thriving community of volunteers and is passionate about seeing social justice on a local and global scale. 


Emma Burtt

Production Lead

Emma is a Marin County local who grew up attending Open Door. She has a passion for serving others and her church. She currently serves as the Production Lead for Open Door's online and in-person services and events. She enjoys being able to give back to her church and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come! 

To provide a loving atmosphere where people and cities are transformed by the presence of God.

When we close our eyes and try to imagine the church God intends for us to be, we see a big church in the heart of Marin County, full of life and full of people.


It's a place where the ongoing and ever-increasing experience of God's presence is prized above all else - a place where Jesus is so adored it becomes like a fragrance, filling the world around us. It's a place that feels like home to the one who is near to God and to the one who is far off - a place where people are honored, regardless of station or status. It's a place abounding in hope and joy, where people find freedom to live the abundant life Jesus promised. It's a place full of servant-hearted people who do everything with excellence - building the kingdom and blessing our city. And finally, it's a place of generosity and prosperity - a place that stands for the rights of the poor - a place whose gaze is always to the horizon, eagerly reaching out to fulfill the great commission of our King and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • We believe in the Trinity of God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is three in one, as expressed by the Nicene Creed and Creed of Chalcedon.

  • We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, who alone is the Savior.

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is infallible. It is inerrant in the original. It is the final authority for the Christian faith and practice.

  • We believe in the incarnation of God as man in Jesus Christ (the Word became flesh).

  • We believe that the way of salvation is both repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, His dwelling presence in every believer and the gifts that He imparts.

  • We believe the church, the body of Christ on earth, is composed of all who place their hope of salvation and forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. It is the central agency by which God accomplishes His work in the world. It is both universal (all believers) and local. We seek to identify with all believers in Christ.

  • We believe that God has appointed elders, in each church, to oversee His work.

  • We believe the essence of the Christian life is a personal relationship with Christ lived out in the fellowship of the church.

  • We believe the age will end with the return of Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom.

  • We observe the Lord's Supper and baptism as ordinances through which we express our faith in obedience to God.

  • We are committed to bringing the Gospel to our local community and to all the world.

  • We are committed to equipping the saints for the work of ministry that we might present each one mature in Christ.

Our Story

Open Door began in 1972 when three seminary students decided to start a community for young believers who really wanted to live out the words of Jesus. What began as group of believers getting together for a weekly dinner, worship and Bible study, blossomed into a movement of discipleship houses and church plants throughout the SF Bay Area. As God blessed our movement, we went global with church plants and ministries in the UK, Mexico, the Philippines and beyond. It's amazing to see all that God has done since our humble beginnings.


Today, our church is experiencing a resurgence of the passion and values that kicked things off forty years ago. Our plan for the future is simple - to go into all the world, providing a loving atmosphere where people and cities are transformed by the presence of God. If you join us at one of our gatherings you will notice that His presence is central to everything we do. That's because we believe His presence is the only thing we truly need and the very thing our world needs most. You will also notice our passion for hospitality, a passion for God's Word, and a passion for reaching out to every strata of our culture.


Our story is probably a lot like yours. There have been highs and lows, but we're still growing because of God's faithfulness. Maybe you can help us write the next chapter.