we believe in…

+Recentering on Christ
+Listening to both followers and leaders
+Practicing humility
+Experiencing grace
+Learning to give and receive love


meet our team to Serve You


Ed Underwood

Pastor, Author, and Shepherd of Shepherds

In 2015, Ed knew God was leading him to transition out of leading the historic Church of the Open Door—a life-altering mission. God was asking Ed to leverage his leadership experiences as a fireman for the US Forest Service, an Army Officer, and four decades of leading churches to serve the Body of Christ at large. What had been incubating in his heart as he equipped leaders, encouraged pastors, taught the Bible in seminaries, Bible schools, and conferences was the need to re-center the church to Jesus’ two priorities—making disciples and loving one another. RecenteredGroup was born in 2016. Since that time, Ed has helped, encouraged, equipped, and inspired numerous pastors, missionaries, church leaders and boards, and individual believers with his message and delivery on how the Great Commission and Great Commandment can help churches and followers of Christ get healthy and thrive.

You can access Ed’s personal study notes on every Book of the Bible, his personal blog, and his overview of his published books at

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Judy Underwood

Business Manager

Judy managed the office of an engineering firm before retirement. She has served with her Eddie in three different pastorates over 40 years. She’s a disciplemaker and leads her beloved His Alone community at Church of the Open Door, a special group of women who are spiritually single. Her duties at RecenteredGroup include donor relations, bookkeeping, and scheduling. Ed and Judy have been married for 48 years and have three adult children and nine grandchildren. They reside in Southern California.


Chris Jacobsen(with Margaret and family)

Two passions define Chris—Jesus and Storytelling.. Chris and Ed met years ago at Cannon Beach Conference Center. Chris has resonated with Ed’s passion to help churches get healthy by returning to Jesus’’ two priorities.—making disciples and loving one another. His vital contribution to Recentered Group covers critical skills in telling the story of our vision and mission through social media, podcasts, video, photography and other digital content. You can find his creative work at You can email Chris at


Meet Our Dedicated Board


Dave and Joni Burchett

An Emmy Award-winning television sports director, Dave has directed events ranging from baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hit game to the Summer Olympics. The author of Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, Bring ’Em Back Alive and a blogger on, Joni is now retired from a career in education. Dave and Joni live in Texas and have three adult sons, four grandchildren and a rescued Labrador.

Lee Ann Jackson

Lee Ann Jackson has served for over two decades at Ambassador Advertising as a Senior Marketing Executive, also heading up the social media team. Before coming to Ambassador, Lee Ann served Focus on the Family on their marketing team. A mom of three, Lee Ann and her family are very much a part of the ministry outreach at Church of the Open Door in Glendora. Lee Ann is an avid UCLA Bruin fan (her alma mater).


Mike and Heidi Mitchell

Before Mike retired he accumulated 35 years of experience in the footwear and apparel industries most recently as the Senior Sales Director of ASICS America. He started two companies both of which service the retail trade with an assortment of Sporting Good products. Mike and Heidi have been married for over four decades and have served on leadership teams and as disciplmakers in several churches. They have three boys and five grandchildren. Our board is divided because Mike is a passionate USC Trojan supporter and played football on the National Championship 1972 team. Mike and Heidi live in Newport Beach California and enjoys traveling and active in sports.