Open Door began its ministry with people experiencing homelessness in 1997 when members of Broadway Church of Christ saw a need for homeless people to develop community and connect with resources. Originally housed in a donated church building in North Overton, Open Door opened as a day shelter and community center for those in the neighborhood who needed a place to go. In 2004, with the redevelopment of North Overton, Open Door moved to its current location in South Overton on 13th Street.
From 1997 to 2010, Open Door was under the oversight of Broadway Church of Christ. In 2011, Open Door became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the leadership of a Board of Directors. Since 2011, Open Door has grown significantly, expanding its programming from a small, grassroots church and community center to a robust Christian community development organization. In 2017, Open Door announced a name change from Carpenter’s Church to Open Door to better reflect the mission and scope of the organization and to create room for further expansion in the future.