Our History

On Sunday, March 7, 1993, the first service of Cowboy Church was held at McClain's Sale Barn, located off of Hwy 287. We met inside the barn during cold weather, but when the weather was warmer, services were held outside under the shade trees.
The present property was purchased in the spring of 1997, and although the first service here wasn't held until October 19th of that year, construction was immediately begun on the cowboy / horse and cross silhouette. Donna Gee's horse was the model for the silhouette, and as we have said before, Henrietta

Cowboy Church has the patent and is the ‘origin’ of this pattern that you will find all over the United States on many different forms of art.
  The original church facility was a 40 X 40 square building, and luxuries such as indoor plumbing were not added until August of 1999! The additional structures, arena, decks, porches, parking & surfacing, tracts of land, etc. have been added through the years as the needs were addressed and money was available. Land for the cemetery was donated by the Priddy Foundation in 2006. Our policy has always been to never be in debt, and what you see here today is the result of prayers, as well as a lot of hard work and donation of skills, time and energy by not only members, but also many others whom God has used to be a part of His work on this hill.
  Coon hunts, arena events, benefits, auctions, concerts, fish fries, caroling & hayrides, and youth canoe trips were all part of our early heritage. In recent years the annual Bible Camp held each June has been a blessing to not only the youth who attend, but to the adults who volunteer their time and talents as well as. There have even been a couple of mission trips to the Philippines in which the youth and their leaders have worked hard at various fund raisers to earn the necessary funds to finance this endeavor.
  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication by faithful members to enable the various ministries to be effective. Whether it be at the arena events, concessions, auctions, missions, jail ministries, angel tree (meals for families), nursing home, prayer chain, or visiting and checking up on the sick….it takes the love, service and contributions of many people to be successful.
  Free Cowboy Bibles have always been a part of the church’s mission. Each month contributions are made to: Clay County Outreach Center, Henrietta and Faith Mission, Wichita Falls; Children’s Cup, Africa; MJBI (Messianic Jewish Bible Institute), Dallas, which trains up pastors to establish Christian churches in Jewish communities around the world; Bro. Deva of India, who establishes and oversees churches in his native country; and the Cowboy Christian Church in the Philippines, where Eddie and Belinda Palisoc serve and minister. Also, several times throughout the year significant offerings are made to Cowboy Bistro, a PRCA ministry that serves to minister to cowboys at rodeos all over the United States. Most recently, Henrietta Seniors Meals on Wheels has also been added to the monthly contributions made by the church. Monetary donations are also made throughout the year to other ministries and needs as they arise within the church and community.
  Once again, we would like to reiterate that from our earliest days, God has brought together some of the most sincere and loving people that we have ever known. Your love for God and others has allowed the Lord to minister the love of Jesus to not only people in this area, but around the world! As we all continue to follow His guidance and leading, and should the Lord tarry, our goal will continue to be to: feed the hungry, meet needs, reach lost souls, and change lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  Thank you and may God continue to be glorified in all we do!

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