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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