Open Door Christian Community is a vibrant ecumenical campus ministry at Drexel University, with Methodist roots going back to the late 19th century. The Wesley Foundation of Philadelphia, the organization which remains the fiscal and legal sponsor of the ministry, was incorporated in 1874 with a mission to be the Methodist campus ministry to University campuses in the city.
That mission has yet to be fully realized, with ministry focused initially at the University of Pennsylvania as a Methodist presence and eventually at Drexel as an ecumenical presence. In the late 1950s the appointment at the Wesley Foundation was combined with the pastoral appointment at Asbury Methodist Church, with the pastor serving the church and both campuses.
In the early 1990s, after the congregation at Asbury Church was discontinued and the property sold, the ministries at Penn and Drexel were combined into a new organization: Asbury Protestant Ministries of the Wesley Foundation. The ministry would be directed exclusively at Drexel, given the existing presence of an ecumenical campus ministry at Penn.
Now 20 years later, Asbury Ministry changed its name to Open Door Christian Community to better fulfill its mission to cultivate an authentic and welcoming community. The name also reflects the ministry’s ecumenical nature as well as its commitment to being an accepting and open Christian community.