His beloved wife, Mary, (the helper par excellence) pictured with Rev. Kelley. 

Rev. Robert Kelley and now, Rev. Ira Gay, Jr. in 2015.

 The vision for what became Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc. was inspired by God in Founder Rev. Robert Kelley in the living room of his and wife, Mary's Everman (a suburb of Fort Worth), Texas home in early 1985.  With assistance and mailing of the appropriate documents on July 12th to the State of Texas by attorney, Glen O. Lewis, the vision became a legal reality on August 12, 1985. In addition to Rev. Kelley, then deacon, Ira Gay Jr. and Ms. Bonnie Ramsey served as incorporators.  After an initial board of directors  was formed in which deacon Gay remained, the new entity had its first organizational Annual Meeting over two days, September 26th and 27th.


Operations officially began on October 1, 1985 with fundraising to support Rev. Kelley's desire to produce creative Christian radio and television programming targeting black Americans to fill what was then a great void.  After only receiving a small first gift from his now departed mother, Bettie Kelley, and a few friends as well as producing The Open Door Newsletter from which appeals for support among individual Christians and churches went largely unanswered, in early 1986 Rev. Kelley went back to God to seek for solutions in fasting and prayer.


The Lord's reply was to firmly anchor Rev. Kelley's calling in Ezekiel 33:1-9 and to help him understand the messages He would give him were more important than the methods of delivery.  From that time until now and always with very little funds, Rev. Kelley has proclaimed the Lord's Word to Christians, churches and unbelievers using various media as the means and through campaigns such as Revival'93, The From Slavery To Victory Education Project as well as the work of Strong Man Ministries. 


In 1996 the board of directors authorized Rev. Kelley to move Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc.  with him to Oregon so he could continue its work while pastoring the Portland church God called in him to serve.  Oregon incorporators included the late Rev. Percy N. Manuel, Sr. and Ms. Dorothy Grogan.  Since its inception in 1985, thousands have been reached with the Gospel and God's prophetic Word heard to the saving and renewing of many souls.  Learn more Ministry history details including the names of past board members  from the celebration of its  20  year  Anniversary at our From Slavery To Victory Web Site