The Ranchhouse Country Church in Maypearl, Texas, is mixing some southern values with Christian values by spreading the gospel in a down-home, country atmosphere.
According to Pastor Dave Wilkerson, Jesus has a soft spot for hard-working, roughneck cowboys.
He says, Jesus absolutely loves cowboys. I truly believe that. Hes in love with the cowboys and cowgirls in this world, and our heritage.
The pastor thinks cowboys truly ride for the brand, meaning the scars Jesus incurred at his crucifixion.
Wilkerson says the laid-back environment of the church, which includes Western decor, hard-rockin country music, and a horse trough used for baptisms helps make God-fearing country folk feel at home in the house of the Lord.
He explains, We lean a little more towards the working class. Everyones in blue jeans and cowboy hats. We meet the needs of a certain type of person who doesnt feel comfortable in a traditional church.
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