Cowboy Church combines two worlds

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Many pastors emphasize to their congregations to incorporate their faith into every part of their lives. In Ardmore, dozens spent their Sunday morning combining two passions in an expression of faith.

These folks are getting ready for Sunday morning services, warming up horses in a pin along with their regular instruments. If it seems unusual, you haven't been to Cowboy Church.

"Everybody need encouragement, and it's a hard time for people to be living in a lot of ways, and they need that encouragement," says Susie Luchsinger.

Luchsinger sings in the service and music runs in the family. You may have heard of her sister, Reba McEntire. Luchsinger is taping her Cowboy Church TV show Sunday morning at Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

The church focuses heavily on keeping God in every aspect of a person's life. Pastor Russ Weaver relates church to daily life, and says he uses his son as a sounding board to make sure the message is clear.

"I ran my message past my son and I said I want to make sure I can connect with these kids because I'm 55, you know? So, he had me take some things out. He said, 'Dad, that's not going to work.' He's pretty honest with me."

Many times the church services are taped at rodeo, roping, or other western events. Lisa Walker attended Sunday's service. Walker says Cowboy Church means she and her family can have the best of both worlds: staying active in roping and church.

"We really thank the people to take the time and effort, because it takes a lot of effort to do this stuff and so it's a savior for us. It allows us to go ahead and do what we love to do and still feel like we're keeping God first and to keep our kids in church," she says.

The three weekly broadcasts reach about 63,000 people. Luchsinger says she sees first hand their hard work is paying off.

"I get letters from Pennsylvania, New York, California, Louisiana, Washington, all over the country because we're reaching so many people."

They are inspiring others to take their interests and use it to live for Christ.


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  • by Betty Jo Denny Location: United States on Jun 29, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    I saw your Church fot the first time today and i'm very impressed how you are reaching people.May God Bless you and your work and i'm sure souls will be saved.we need more churches like this!!
  • by brenda Location: idaho on Jun 8, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    I dont understand why people cant let others worship as they choose. If Cowboy Church brings people peace of mind then who are others to condem them?
  • by Dawn on May 28, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    They have their own bible. I have don't know if it's the holy bible with a different cover or not. But if it IS then I'm with Beverly...as long as they are worshiping the Father, Son and Holy Ghost that's great. Not all people can be reached the same old traditional way. Sometimes to reach the lost you got to stretch a little, shake things up.
  • by Beverly Location: USA on May 27, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    what diffrents does it make as long as they are worshipping God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Betty, boy oh boy. thats all i have to say to you.
  • by Betty the Catholic Location: Sherman on May 27, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    Aww. They're not dumb! And not ALL Baptists are dumb... That's a misconception. Any way you can reach people with God's message is a good thing. Traveling churches have always made me a little suspicious , too much like circus folk. Give me a nice, stable sanctuary anytime. But, at least they're ministering.
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on May 27, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    I dont think that being a member of a cowboy church should be related to being "dumb" it is simply a place for people with a common relation to meet and worship with a diffrent flair. I dont condem anyone that goes to a diffrent type af a church, because that is simply their own choice. I wish people would take the time to realize this !! As for this particulair traveling church they really are amazing, if anyone has the time they really should watch it and then make their own opinion of it at that time. Everyone has their own way of reaching out and relating to God, that is the beauty of our country !!!
  • by lana wade Location: ringling on May 27, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    is there some way i can get around the ad to listen to news stories
  • by More Anonymous Location: Ardmore on May 26, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    You know I really don't know why they have these so called churches. I mean, our town is dumb enough as it is, and we have lots of baptist churches.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on May 26, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    You know I really don't know why they have these so called western churches I mean our church is pretty western, just about all of our men in our church wear western boots, hats and ect. and we are a baptist church
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