Who we are

Pastor Roger was born in Nebraska in 1943, and lived most of his life in Anaheim, CA. He married his college sweetheart Cindy, in 1967. They have a daughter, Wendy and a son, Scott., and two grandchildren, Justin and Caleb. After graduating from Anaheim High School, Pastor Roger attended Oregon University for four years. After graduation, he came back to teach and coach at his Alma mater, Anaheim High School.

He gave his life to Christ in 1974 and coached for Jesus for 20 years at Anaheim High School, until God called him full time into the ministry in 1988. He was given the opportunity to go on staff at Calvary Chapel South Bay under Pastor Steve Mays and he served there until God put the desire in his heart to have a ministry where he lived in the city of Anaheim. 

Roger then started a bible study in his home under the name Open Door Christian Fellowship. Later with a word from the Lord and the prayer and support of fellow pastors we became Calvary Chapel Open Door. Revelation 3:8. "I know your works, see I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength have kept My word, and have not denied My name". From there the study moved to the lobby of an office building. We moved into our present building in 1994. God is doing great things presently with our building project as we rebuild and remodel here.

In 2012, the Lord called Pastor Roger to Klamath Falls, Oregon to New Horizon Christian Fellowship. The gifts that the Holy Spirit gave to Roger for use at Open Door would now be used to edify, strengthen, and encourage the believers at New Horizon and to provide hope to the lost through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Don Hoag, who had served faithfully under Pastor Roger as Children Ministry Director, Academy Vice Principal and an Associate Pastor since 1993, became the senior pastor to continue the work that the Holy Spirit had begun through Pastor Roger. Pastor Don and his staff, while continuing with the same vision, are praying to the Lord to give them fresh fire and continued direction.

Please come join us here at Calvary Chapel Open Door we'd love to meet you.

What we believe

We believe that there is one true and living GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the most accurate translation from the original ancient text. It is from this translation that we establish our doctrine and Statement of Faith. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21).

We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitution atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14).

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians 12-14. (1 Corinthians 14)

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God saves and regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5).

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)

We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)

We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14)

We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)

What Matters Most

Jesus Loves You!

"God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." This is God's promise to you (John 3:16).

Jesus is the only way to eternal life!

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." God's assurance is that His promise is fulfilled only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

A. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

     1. God’s Love

         "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,

           that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

     2. God’s Plan: 

           Jesus said, "…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10

           Why aren’t we experiencing the abundant life now? Because...

B. All of us have thought, said, and done wrong, which has separated us from God.

     1. We are Sinful

          "…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

          We have chosen to go our own way instead of God’s way. We have missed the mark that

              that God had set for us....the Bible calls this sin.

     2. We are Separated from God

          "The wages of sin is death…" [spiritual separation from God]. Romans 6:23

            God is holy, we are sinful. All our good deeds fall short of being in right standing with a

                   Holy God.

             This explains the only way to bridge this gap...

C. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin.

Through Him we can know & experience God's love & plan for our life.

     1. He Died in Our Place

          "but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Rom 5:8

     2. He Rose From the Dead

          "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day,

            according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. 

            After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

     3. He Is the Only Way to God

          "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

            No one comes to the Father, except through Me.'" John 14:6

            God has bridged the gap that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ,

             to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

                    It is not enough just to know these three principles...

D. We must receive Jesus as Savior & Lord to know God's love & plan for us.

     1. We Must Receive Christ

          "But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, 

             He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

     2. We Receive Christ through Faith

          "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And that is not your own doing; 

            it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8,9

     3. We Receive Christ by His Personal Invitation

          Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

          If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..." Revelation 3:20

You can receive Christ and everlasting life right now by faith through prayer,

     Just ask Jesus!

Meet our staff

  • Pastor Don Hoag  Senior Pastor

    Don came to Calvary Chapel Open Door in 1993. He served under Senior Pastor Roger Stahlhut for nearly 20 years. In the early years, he sang on the worship team for a season and directed Children's Ministry for nearly 15 years. In 2007, He was ordained as an associate pastor. Two years later he was offered an early retirement from the US Postal Service and was employed full time as vice principal of Open Door Christian Academy. In September 2012, Don accepted the position of senior pastor when Pastor Roger took on a pastoral assignment in Oregon.

  • Pastor Jaime Lucero Assistant Pastor, Youth Minister

    Jaime struggled with drug addiction for a long time, when he finally hit bottom. Then, the Lord delivered him; now, he's addicted to Jesus. Pastor Jaime oversees the Youth Ministry helping them to trust in and rely on the strength of the Lord as he learned to do. Jaime and Kathy Lucero, married in 1993 and have four children: Rachel, Raeann, Renee, and Rebecca.

  • Pastor Frank Marroquin Associate Pastor, Spanish Ministries

    Frank, born in San Salvador, El Salvador, was introduced to the word of God by his paternal grandmother, Fidelina. In 1978, he emigrated to the U.S. At the age of 14, he opened his heart and received the Lord. In 1990, he joined the US ARMY Reserves and met his wife, Zoila, whom he later married. In 2003, the Lord brought him to Calvary Chapel Open Door where he finally surrendered his life and marriage. One of his first ministries was leading a monthly visit to Rancho San Juan Bosco Boys Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Frank has served in the Children’s Ministries along with his wife.

  • Kimberly Torres Church Administrator

    The first time I heard the gospel I had no initial reaction, I heard what was being said, but I didn’t really get the extent of it and had no reaction, but just knew there was some sort of truth in it. My perspective changed when I needed Christ. I had no one else I could trust not even myself.

    The final struggle that went through my mind just before accepting Christ was that I could no longer play ignorant. I say play because I guess I always knew, I just didn’t know what exactly.

    Life is different now. I believe I live a free life. Free of worry and fear. I have an attitude of security knowing that I am loved. My perspective on life is to live to tell my story of what has happened to me and how to help others know.

    The relationship I have with Christ motivates me. The way He shows me he’s loves me, even when I don’t always make the right choices and the way He shows me that I am never alone by the way He answers my prayers and the strength I get to overcome obstacles when I know I could have not done that on my own.

    Although my life still is not perfect, knowing that Christ is for me I now understand there isn’t anything that can come against me. The gospel has helped me deal with this fact, I say fact, because it is proven in the gospel, that I at one time did not understand until I finally accepted Christ and this fact is supported in the gospel.

  • Lynn Hoag Women's Ministry Director

    Lynn married Pastor Don in 1975. They both accepted the Lord on April 7, 1991 and have been serving the Lord here at Calvary Chapel Open Door since 1993. She has served over 20 years in both our Children's Ministry and Women's Ministry and was also part of the Worship Team in the early years. After accepting an early retirement from the US Postal Service, in 2009, Lynn came into the ministry full time. Currently, she teaches 4th to 6th graders and oversees the Elementary School at Open Door Christian Academy. Lynn oversees the Women's Ministry at Open Door.

  • Jim Fink Children's Ministry Director

  • Jesse Jimenez Worship Leader

    When I was in my senior year my parents transferred me to Open Door Christian Academy after being removed from Calvary Downey Christian School at first I didn’t want anything to do with God at all but the Lord changed my heart on the first week of school. I was asked to give a devotion and at that moment I asked the Lord to save me! Also I prayed silently so it was pretty awkward! (I didn’t know when we say before teaching let’s pray you pray out loud!) fun times but since that moment the Lord changed my life and was taught how to play guitar after I graduated I was sent to Calvary Chapel School of Worship such a sweet season! While at SOW the Lord spoke to my heart to return to Open Door and teach the next generation worship and serve with all my heart! I then was blessed to start teaching a class called Life of Worship (literally one letter away from SOW I know so creative right?) God has been Faithful over the years. I’m so stoked for what God has in store.

    Matthew 28:19-20

    “... Lo, I Am with you always.” 

  • Anais Marroquin Worship Leader

  • Gary Tuner Technical Director

    Gary has been with Calvary Chapel Open Door from the beginning when it started in 1992. He brought with him his knowledge of Sound Reinforcement and Recording Engineering along with being a professional drummer, he has served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for 24 years. And continues to serve as an Elder of the church.