The Door was founded in 1984 by Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman who played eight years for the Baltimore Colts and James Davenport, a technology entrepreneur and community leader.

The Door’s focus has always been on urban ministry, which has culminated the development of a “hands-on” approach to ministering to youth and families in the CARE Neighborhood and throughout East Baltimore.

After Joe Ehrmann stepped down, James Davenport made it his goal to make sure that The Door would continue to have a positive impact in the community. The Door became Davenport’s life-long passion and he was fully committed to The Door for almost 40 years.

Today, The Door and its closely-knit board and partners have serve thousands of people in Baltimore by supporting the community through its diverse outreach, array of programs and its spiritual and holistic approaches to community needs.