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Gospel Outreach Reformational Church is located at 2845 St. James Place in Eureka on the north side of Harris St. near Redwood Acres. (Nearest cross streets: Harris & Freese Ave.)

Background

During the ‘Jesus Movement’ of the early 1970s, a community of young Christians began at Lighthouse Ranch on nearby Table Bluff. It was a refuge from the wave of disillusionment that was sweeping our nation. There, under the pastoring and teaching of James Durkin, Sr. (11/25/25 – 1/12/96), these young men and women began to learn the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4).

Gospel Outreach Reformational Church of Eureka grew from those early foundations to a congregation that today encompasses three generations of believers. Over the years, we have joined with and drawn from contemporary theologians such as Gerhard Forde, David Wells, Robert Farrar Capon, and Steven Paulson, among others, in proclaiming the gospel in the Reformational tradition, “namely, the gospel of the forgiveness of sins.”1

Today, as a biblically-based congregation, Gospel Outreach Reformational Church adheres to the central doctrine that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross, as asserted by Martin Luther and the fathers of the Reformation. We embrace the historic sacraments of the Christian Church — baptism, communion, and the preaching of God’s Word — as foundational elements of our congregational life. Church is not something we do only on Sundays, but rather a daily return to our baptism and the forgiveness of sins as we serve our neighbors in our particular vocations out of gratitude to God for His “fatherly, divine goodness and mercy”2 towards us and all people.
 
1 Billing, E. (1979).Our Calling. Chicago, IL: Campus Ministry Communications.
2 Luther, M. (1943). Luther’s Small Catechism. St. Louis, MI: Concordia Publishing House.