Andy Cannon – Founding and Senior Pastor
Andy served on staff with Bear Valley Baptist Church of Lakewood while reaching out to the poor and oppressed in Denver until the church commissioned him to plant Open Door Fellowship in 1984. Andy has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ since he was 18 years old and still believes that the Christian church is critical for people to be brought “all the way through” in their relationship with God. Andy’s passion for the people, attention to the Bible, and deep desire to seek God’s power liberating people’s lives compel him still after more than 30 years of Christian service. Andy serves as the primary preaching pastor in both the Sunday morning services. Andy is also a co-founder and housing director for the Providence Network and serves on several urban ministry boards and advisory councils.
Saby Thomas – Associate Pastor
Saby grew up in a Christian family in India. Saby spent a few years working among unreached people throughout India with the mission organization Operation Mobilization. He earned his Bachelor of Theology degree from Faith Theological Seminary. During a mission trip in 2003, Saby met Rebecca. Three years later, he came to the US and they married, after which Saby pastored an Indian church for 4 years in Lakewood, CO. God gave Saby and Rebecca a burden for the underserved and unreached people of India. In 2008, they founded a non-profit organization called Hands of Mercy Ministries. HOMM provides different opportunities for many to participate in what God is doing in India. Saby joined Open Door Fellowship in 2013 as a pastoral apprentice and now serves as an Associate Pastor. Saby’s multicultural experience and passion for the lost and needy allows him to deeply connect with people from different backgrounds as they walk their journey.
Jarrod Irwin – Associate Pastor
Jarrod loves Jesus and believes that He is the only reason he survived and overcame his methamphetamine addiction in 2002. He studied philosophy and psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver and is currently working on an MA in Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary. Jarrod started out at ODF as a pastoral apprentice in 2013, he is still blown away at the opportunity to serve there. Jarrod married Amy in 2010, and has been very impressed that she was willing to come along for the ride, even after he warned her on their first date how extreme he believed the Christian life is intended to be. Jarrod pursues living out a Spirit-filled-and-directed life of sacrificial love in community, and he may even be successful at times but only by God’s empowerment.
Matthew Reed – Outreach Pastor
I am the product of Christ, the church, and others love in life and recovery. The Lord has taken me on a healing journey from a devastating back injury and through addiction. This journey has created a passion inside me for those who are in desperate and find themselves in “no way out” situations. Among other duties, I lead the team on the 16th street mall to impact everyone with the love of Christ. I’ve graduated Charis Bible College in 2011 (with a degree and license) and Charis school of ministry in 2012. Other ministries I’ve served for are: Springs Rescue Mission, Andrew Wommack Ministries phone center, and European Initiative, living overseas for 3 months.
Phil Heifferon – Worship Leader
An Alumnus of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership, Phil has begun to pursue his passion of bridging communities together through music. He believes music is a universal language that, when giving the glory to God, can be a powerful and unifying experience. Recently joining the staff in March of 2015, he has begun to plant his roots and develop a sound of worship that is refreshing and encouraging. From a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus, Phil answer’s the call of sharing his original songs of hope, transformation, and empowerment with the church family. With a B.S. in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver, Phil effectively uses his skills and knowledge to teach and develop a strong team, which can cultivate an atmosphere that invites the presence of God into a worship service. Phil invites the team and congregation to actively participate into a personal and corporate experience of worship to God our Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.