7 Oxnard Churches Combine Forces for Good Friday Service

Feature By George Miller

7 Oxnard churches combined forces for a Good Friday service today at Calvary Chapel Oxnard(CCO). Good Friday marks the day that Jesus Christ allowed himself to be tortured and crucified to save us from our sins and eternal damnation- IF we accept him.

Full house at Calvary Chapel Oxnard service of 7 churches on 4-2-21. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

7 pastors and also singers from multiple churches pooled their resources for a summary of the most important points from most the books of the Gospel addressing Jesus’ last days on earth before dying for us on the cross and making the greatest comeback of all time just 3 days later.

Watch service: https://www.facebook.com/179975302028992/videos/167275301910656?__tn__=F

The service took a different approach than usual today. The pastors of each church and some worship leaders (singers) interleaved hymns with mini-sermons- all focused on selected portions of the Gospel dealing in Jesus’ final days, crucifixion and triumphant resurrection.

Pastors and worship leaders from 7 churches at Calvary Chapel Oxnard on Good Friday, 2021. Photo: Robert T. Castro

Churches participating:

Gold Coast Church (Pastor Scott Wilson)
Embrace Church (Pastor Sam Gallucci)
Evangelistic Center (Pastor Nelson Feliciano)
Fortress Chuch (Pastor Anthony Salcido)
Emmaus Chuch (Pastor Corey Grant)
Oxnard Nazarene Church (Pastor Allen Arevalo)
Calvary Chapel Oxnard (Pastor Lance E. Ralston) Event host: https://calvaryoxnard.org/

It is interesting to hear the perspectives of people who have dedicated their lives to the study and teaching of the Good Book. They bring out things you might not have gleaned from reading it on your own and may help to reinforce things you already learned.

The mood of the people was ebullient- thrilled to be together at church- for the first time in  a  year for some, with top pastors, worship leaders and musicians, worshipping at the most holy time of the year for Christianity.

Calvary Chapel Oxnard Senior Pastor Lance Ralston was overjoyed,. since it was the first time the church has been full in a year (actually overflowing into the lobby). There were several vanloads of people from the Ventura County Rescue Mission and the Lighthouse, too.  CCO remained open nearly the whole of last year, but did have only outdoor services for  a while. Attendance has been way down for the live services and up for the online ones.

Your local churches await you on “Easter” (Resurrection) Sunday! If you can’t make it, then consider the online services offered by some churches.


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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