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Hello old friends!  

This is Joan Pritchard. Remember me?

This website was created many years ago when I could only find Gospel Outreach on's site.  

So I have scanned some of our old photos for this website. There are now photos from many of you on here too.  If you have a testimony or any old GO photos, just email me. Send the pics as .jpgs.

Feb 10, 2024 Chris & I celebrated our 50th Anniversary at Eureka Veteran's Memorial Hall where we were married 2/10/74!  We were blessed to have many friends come back to Eureka to celebrate with us.
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Gospel Outreach began with Pastor James Durkin and his wife Dacie at Deliverance Temple: 
123 W. Cedar Street , Eureka, CA in the early 1970's.

During the Jesus Movement many young people hitchhiking through Eureka were offered free lodging and food and an introduction to Jesus at the Lighthouse Ranch on Table Bluff, Loleta, CA. Pastor Jim, formerly an Assembly of God pastor, established the non-denomination ministry and church called Gospel Outreach. Up to 200 young people lived at the Ranch at one time so teams started to be sent out to start churches in the cities people came from. 

After Pastor Jim's death in 1996 some of the members that had been part of Gospel Outreach, started a new church in Eureka called 
Gospel Outreach Reformational Church.  Gospel Outreach Reformational Church is a Reformed theology church.  
Their new building (address below) was dedicated on September 26, 2009.

Gospel Outreach Reformational Church
2845 St. James Place, Eureka, CA 95503 * (707) 445-2214 

Pastor: David Sczepanski

Read the article about the Lighthouse Ranch by Heidi Walters of North Coast ​Journal 
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                      Powerful preaching & music 
                      by Jim Durkin & Ern Baxter
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Gospel Outreach Alumni

Gospel Outreach Alumni

Gospel Outreach was part of the Jesus Movement in northern California in the early 1970's. Jim Durkin, pastor of Deliverance Temple in Eureka, CA opened his church doors to the hippies that came.  I found Jesus Christ as my Savior on August 5, 1972 at Deliverance Temple in Eureka, California.  I joined hundreds of new Christians who found Jesus through Gospel Outreach while hitch hiking across the country.  I moved to the Lighthouse Ranch on Table Bluff, outside of Eureka and learned about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  I met my husband Chris while working at the Donut Shop. During this time, churches were planted across the US and in other countries to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Chris and I went "into all the world" January 1975 and moved to join the Gospel Outreach church in New York City, and in 1977 moved to
Philadelphia and started a Gospel Outreach church there.  I hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of God's work in our lives through our photos, and photos of others, taken during that time.     Joan

For those who found this website and do not know, the founder of Gospel Outreach, Jim Durkin, joined the Lord in glory on January 12, 1996 and 
Dacie Durkin joined him March 23, 2011.  The Gospel Outreach churches that remain in Eureka, CA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, and Portland, OR 
have become Gospel Outreach Reformational Church.  The Lighthouse  Ranch is no longer a Christian commune, it has been purchased by the state. 
The lighthouse has been moved to downtown Eureka and the cross has been taken down.  The land is open to the public.  There have been rumors that a visitor's center will be built on the five-acre site that was previously the Lighthouse Ranch to create Table Bluff Ecological Preserve overlooking the Eel River Delta, Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean. 

Jim and Dacie Durkin, who God used to teach thousands of young people about Jesus
Showing and telling the story of what God did in northern California 
during the Jesus Movement in the early 1970s.
Buy Marc Allan's book 
about Gospel Outreach
During the Jesus People Revival, thousands of young people were swept into the Kingdom of God.

The youth of America had turned their backs on society in a vain search for truth and meaning. When they found it in Jesus Christ and were profoundly changed, they became not just ordinary Christians, but disciples.

Experience the eyewitness account of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in the late 60s and 70s through the lens of individuals who became a family called Gospel Outreach.

Starting in Northern California, this group of young, dynamic Christians established discipleship centers and churches all over the U.S., Europe, Latin America and beyond.

       Excerpt from 
"The Bold Confession" 

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21). 

It is evident from this Scripture portion and many others like it that what we say by means of the tongue has great power to affect the life. 

This Scriptures show us that it means even death or life. It is little understood how very important are the things we say and the things we confess.

                       Purpose & Vision_Side 2-  
                       Powerful preaching & music 
                       by Jim Durkin & Ern Baxter
Lighthouse in Loleta movie on WGBH in 1972
Ron Juncal's Oral History of the Jesus Movement
Interview by Biola University in 2021. Click below:
Festival of the Son 1972