The Door was founded in 1984 by Joe Ehrmann and his wife, Paula. Joe is a former NFL defensive lineman who played eight years for the Baltimore Colts.

In 1978, Joe’s brother, Billy, died of cancer. The personal loss he suffered helped precipitate a change in Joe’s priorities, which led to his increased focus on urban ministry. This change in focus culminated in the development of a “hands-on” approach to ministry by addressing the wider community’s needs through the founding of The Door.

Today, The Door and its closely-knit board and partners have served 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.