On November 17th 1991, The Open Door Christian Assembly was formed, comprising of just six adults and six children. The worship services began at the Harrington Sound School and within a few months, a pianist along with his wife and two children joined the worshipers. Gradually, more and more people joined, taking their respective places in the body as the Lord would use them.
Before long, Sunday school classes were offered to the children and adults, musicians were added, a praise team was formed, the Elder and Deacon boards were established – and records were kept by the faithful book keepers and secretaries.
On July 10th 1996, Rev. Dr. Goodwin Smith and the late Bishop Chauncey Smith, officially ordained Gladwin Dean Smith as the pastor of the Open Door Christian Assembly. The vision Pastor Dean received from the Lord to do marvelous works in the community would move full steam ahead.
Over the years, our Pastor has worked with the Star and Lighthouse ministries, sitting on the board as the spiritual advisor, Big Brothers and Sisters, and sits as a panelist on the Family Court.
For some time Pastor Dean held down two jobs, one at the Pink Beach Club in hospitality, and the other as a part time pastor of the Open Door Christian Assembly. Even then he expressed a strong desire to go into ministry full time – and after much prayer and fasting Pastor Dean decided to go into the ministry full time in January of 1999. This allowed Pastor for the first time to fully concentrate on administrative work, church counseling….and to spend more time with God.
On February 19th 1999, the Open Door congregation was forced to leave the Harrington Sound School premises due to an unexpected fire to the building. Meanwhile, the congregation had to seek an alternative venue to worship.
For a few months the Open Door met at the Whitney Institute Auditorium. Then an offer was subsequently made by the executive of the Harrington Workmen’s Club to see if we could make some use out of their building since, at the time, it was not functioning as originally purposed. The building was in desperate need of repairs.
However, in spite of the condition of the building, the men of the church rallied together, painted, and beautified the inside of the building, and hired contractors, to repair the outside. Finally, it was Easter Sunday 1999, that the building was transformed into a sanctuary and made ready for the worship of our Lord.
In March 2001, the Open Door Christian Assembly went one step further on its mission and became incorporated as a legal limited liability company, with all the rights and privileges afforded under the laws of the land.
After spending several years worshiping at the Workman’s Club, the Open Door then moved to the Roberts Avenue Seventh Day Adventist facility. It was there the next phase of the vision was materializing and on February 22nd 2013, the Open Door Christian Assembly held its first service in this wonderful facility we are worshipping in today.
At this service, we were blessed to have the former Premier, the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, and other dignitaries both local and from abroad share in our celebrations. But just as important, we were able to celebrate with our local church family.
Amidst the struggles and challenges, God has been mighty. We realize that we cannot and will not succeed without the help of our God who said in His word “Therefore, my brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”. 1 Corinthians 15:58.We have truly come this far by faith!