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Part of the American tradition for years, cowboy churches are now growing in number as more congregants flock to the laid-back, stylized services.
In the days before the automobile, bible-toting pastors would come to a ranch, preach, hop in the saddle, and ride on to the next county. In the 1960s, evangelical preachers began piggybacking on rodeo tours, and in the 1990s, Dr. Joanne Cash Yates, sister of Johnny Cash, began one of the first “cowboy churches” when she and her husband held a service at a bar in Nashville, Tenn. Today, the Chicago Tribune reports there are at least 600 cowboy churches in the United States; Texas alone boasts 100.
Chris Harris, a 31 year-old bareback bronco rider, says he isn’t religious but he believes in God. He feels some preachers can be condescending, but has become friends with Rev. Huffman. He explains, “You can’t just walk into a group of guys like us and expect us to respect you. Coy is one of us.”
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