Full Gospel Opendoor Assembly

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 5 August 2002.

Phone: 313-272-9025
The research was conducted by The University of Michigan-Dearborn Pluralism Project.


The Full Gospel Opendoor Assembly traces its history to 1974, the year it was founded under the name of Berean Church of God. In 1985, the congregation changed its name to the Full Gospel Opendoor Assembly. Among those involved in establishing the center was the current pastor, Dr. Vincent Howell. Initially members met in Dr. Howell's home, 2258 Labelle, in Detroit. Later on, they held worship services at the YWCA in Highland Park, a separate municipality surrounded by the city of Detroit. In 1977, the group purchased property on the west side of Detroit in close proximity to the area's large Caribbean population. The church added a new sanctuary onto the existing structure. Construction began in 1984, and by 1985 was complete. The church is a moderate-size, brown-brick building in a well-kept residential area. There are a number of other churches, as well as commercial establishments, in the area along McNichols Road where the church is located.

Membership and Activities

The center's membership is approximately 125 and has grown over the years. Most are from the Caribbean, the majority from Jamaica; the rest are African Americans. Wednesday night is prayer and Bible study. Friday night is ministry night. Sunday services are in the morning and evening. On the first Sunday of the month there is a pot-luck supper and people stay at the church throughout the day. Other activities include Vacation Bible School, outings and activities for youth, camp, and conventions. Other than church activities, the church has been involved in voter registration drives, although they do not support specific candidates.


There are no formal ties between this center and others with the same name, Full Gospel. While not tied into the local interfaith network, they do fellowship with other churches such as Baptist, Methodist, Church of God, and Church of God in Christ. The church supports Full Gospel Opendoor Assembly Missions in Canada and Jamaica. In 1993, Full Gospel began an educational center in Jamaica, the Advance Basic School, which has 90 students.