Who We Are

Serving the persecuted, strengthening the Church

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Persecution Is Rising

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In places like North Korea, Afghanistan, India and China, Christians are persecuted and discriminated against for following Jesus. 1 in 7 Christians worldwide are persecuted for their faith.

They are denied access to jobs and education, and excluded from aid and community resources. Many persecuted Christians are attacked and abused. Their churches are demolished, and their businesses destroyed.

Serving the persecuted

Strengthening the Church

Since 1955, Open Doors has been serving the persecuted and strengthening the Church. We are unique in our roots, our reach, our response and our research.

Our Roots

Open Doors stands on a strong legacy and biblical foundation—a history that stretches back to 1955, when our founder, Brother Andrew, began to smuggle Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. 

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Our Reach 

As the world’s largest underground network serving the persecuted church, Open Doors reaches millions of believers in over 70 countries each year as they shine Christ’s light in some of the darkest places. 

Our Response 

Open Doors works through long-term on-the-ground partners who are best placed to create projects that respond and adapt to the unique needs of persecuted Christians in their own community.

Our Research 

Each year, Open Doors’ expert analysts produce the World Watch List, which reports on the 50 places where it’s hardest to follow Jesus. As the most authoritative research of its kind, the List centres us on serving the most persecuted. 

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Our Core Values

We are very committed to our values – established by Brother Andrew, and reflected in every Open Doors base around the world. They are:

  • We are part of the Body of Christ: a people to people people
  • We are Persecuted Church driven
  • We are people of the Bible
  • We are people of prayer
  • We live and work by faith
  • We are devoted to Jesus Christ and His commission
  • We are motivated solely for the glory of God

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

We also adopt as the Statement of Faith of Open Doors the Apostle’s Creed:

We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born ofthe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen

Meet Our Executive Team

Adam Holland

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Adam joined Open Doors in 2021, bringing with him over 15 years of senior leadership experience. He graduated with a BA (Hons) at Macquarie University and a Master’s Degree, Information and Knowledge Management at UTS.

While working in executive leadership roles, he also completed the Executive Stream in Non-profit Management at Harvard Business School, Boston and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Married to Amanda, with four children, Adam and his family have been involved in their local church over the last 17 years. Adam is passionate about the global Church and living out the biblical mandate to support our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

Stephen McNee

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Stephen McNee has decades of experience in NFP leadership and organisational transformation. In each of his roles, his focus has been rigorous financial control while fostering a constructive culture. He loves applying ingenuity, lateral thinking, and problem-solving to business challenges and strategy.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University including a dissertation on the impact of information technology on businesses, and a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialisation in Accounting, Finance & Systems from UNSW.

When he is not juggling budgets and spreadsheets, he is spending time with his four grandchildren who call him ‘Oompa.’

Emily Drough

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PEOPLE, CULTURE AND ENABLEMENT

Emily is passionate about people and culture with a diverse background in teaching, ministry, and Human Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching, a Master of International and Community Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

With over 11 years serving on the leadership team at Mayfield Church of Christ, Emily is passionate about the local and global Church.

When she is not working, or being mum to her three kids, you might find her out on the trails having a run. She is grateful to bring her passion and experience to Open Doors and being a part of God’s transformative work.

Gabriel Billich-Neville

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PARTNERSHIPS

Gabe, originally from Switzerland, moved to Australia motivated by his interest in the global expression of Christianity. His desire to contribute to unity in the Church led him to join Open Doors in 2019 after completing his Bachelor of Theology.

He believes that each church and individual bears the responsibility, and privilege, of partnering with the persecuted body of Christ. Gabe has met with persecuted believers in Colombia, Mexico, and Egypt, driving his commitment to Open Doors’ contextual approach in strengthening the persecuted church.

Anna Hutchins

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: SUPPORTER EXPERIENCE

Anna has spent her career in the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about Jesus and His Church and strengthening believers who suffer for their faith.

With a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Marketing and Advertising) from UOW, Graduate Diploma of Divinity from SMBC, and a Certificate of Preaching from Cornhill Sydney, she loves communicating God’s Word and what it means for our lives.

Anna is passionate about Christians storing up their treasures in heaven and fighting the message to store up our wealth for ourselves. She’s loved discovering the work of Open Doors, its legacy with Brother Andrew, and the millions of Christians we serve around the world.

Volunteer & Careers

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Working at Open Doors is so much more than a job. When you join our team as an employee or volunteer, you will get to help strengthen the body of Christ, even in the most dangerous places on the planet.

Use your skills. Develop your knowledge. Help the Church. Strengthen your faith.

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