Our History

In 1889, the Christian people of Steamboat Springs met to consider the establishment of a permanent church. In the first formal meetings there was much support for an independent church being formed. However, the people decided on a Congregational Church in order to receive help from the denomination in forming.The church’s first pastor was Rev. J. Wallace Gunn, who was largely instrumental in the building of both the church (1891) and the parsonage (1892).Since that time, many fine pastors have filled the pulpit. With continued growth, an addition to the original building was completed in 1956, and was used for Sunday School classrooms and other meetings.

 

The church decided that it could best carry out the Christian influence and principles desired in it founding by becoming a non-denominational church. The name was officially changed to Euzoa Bible Church (meaning good life) in 1963 to more accurately reflect that desire.

 

On August 11, 1986, the building on 5th & Pine St. which had housed the ministry of the church for 95 years was struck by lightning and burned, forcing the congregation to relocate at the Steamboat Springs Jr. High for almost 3 years.

 

In 1989 the membership voted to purchase a beautiful piece of property in Strawberry Park and we have been fixing and improving the Old Bear Pole Ranch into Euzoa Bible Church. With the increased growth and the Church’s need for more space the Retreat Center closed to the public in 2002. In September 2007, Rob Ryg stepped down as Senior Pastor and on November 1, 2007, Jack Elwood came as his replacement.

 

In March of 2009, Chris McCombs joined the Euzoa staff after completing his seminary degree at Bethel Seminary and successfully completing the Church Leadership Training program at Willow Creek Community Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Says Chris “I started attending Euzoa in 1996 when I first moved to Steamboat. This church and it’s leadership was instrumental in my growth as a follower of Jesus and I am honored to return to serve and lead in such a special place”.