Pastor Bob Butler grew up in Wilmington, MA where he came to know Christ as Savior shortly after high school. He graduated from Boston Baptist College in 1989. In 1991, he and his wife Missy started Bethel Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA. In the late 90's, they relocated to their current location of Open Door Baptist Church in Belmont, MA.
Bob likes watching the Three Stooges, drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee, cheering for the Celtics, and telling people about the Lord Jesus. He also enjoys all things Boston and meeting new people. He and his wife Missy have three adult children who also attend the church.
This church started in 1898 as Swedish Baptist Church and was originally located in Cambridge, MA. It later was known as Evangel Baptist Church, part of the Baptist General Conference. In 1948, the foundation was laid for the building at the current site in Belmont. The name was changed again in the late 1990’s to the current name of Open Door Baptist Church.
The church is an independent Baptist church, cooperating in fellowship with the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and other churches of similar faith and practice. The current pastor, Bob Butler, began church ministry at two storefronts in north Cambridge prior to locating in Belmont. Since that time, the Lord has been Building Lasting Relationships in and through Open Door with people from Belmont and the surrounding communities.
What kind of church is Open Door?
Open Door is an independent, Bible-believing Baptist church. We fellowship and cooperate with churches that have similar Biblical philosophies and positions.
What are we here for?
At Open Door, our desire is to “Build Lasting Relationships” while we strive to reproduce the character of Christ. We seek to equip people to effectively connect with God and humanity. This is done locally through Bible-centered teaching at various services during the week and globally through support of church-planting missions.
What do we believe?
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to humanity. It is complete and sufficient for all of life’s situations.
We believe those scriptures reveal God is One in essence and exists in three co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent Persons: Father, Son, and Spirit.
About Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus is both God and man: born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures. He is coming again to judge and reward humanity. We believe that He is the Savior, the only way to get to Heaven.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, also revealed as the Comforter and Counselor, is a person, not an impersonal force. His ministry is evident in the conviction of sin, exaltation of Jesus Christ, and the transformation of His people.
We believe that humanity was created in the image of God and has dignity arising from that source. However, all are separated from a relationship with God by sinful choice and are destined for eternal punishment. To be delivered, or saved, from this penalty for sin, religious acts, good deeds, and noble accomplishments will not suffice. Deliverance and hope is found in a new spiritual birth as described by Jesus in the Gospel of John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”
About Social Responsibility
We believe that justice cannot happen apart from Biblical righteousness. The true hope of individuals, families, cultures, and nations is the transformation towards a Biblical relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Secular humanism, well-intentioned social agencies or governing bodies, education, and financial equity cannot change human nature. Only the grace of God, experienced personally by people humbled in light of God’s perfection, can make a lasting difference.