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Cowboy Church Worship Service
7:00 PM
The worship Service begins 7 pm, then our Fellowship time with cowboy goodies begins about 8 pm.


Cowboy Church Worship Service
7:00 PM
The worship Service begins 7 pm, then our Fellowship time with cowboy goodies begins about 8 pm.
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Hallsville, Missouri

Fair, 88 F

     Sunny. High: 92 Low: 71
     Mostly Sunny. High: 94 Low: 71
     Mostly Sunny. High: 94 Low: 72
     Mostly Sunny. High: 94 Low: 72
     Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 86 Low: 71
  • Young cowgirls get in some riding after Cowboy Church.
  • Rev Scott and Laurie Paris from Boonville FBC sing at our 4th Anniversary Service.
  • A cool display of Cowboy Gear from the Old Days!
  • Band Concert brings a whopper crowd!
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band draws a big crowd at our June2014 Concert and Potluck Dinner.
  • These gals know how to shoot from a galluping horse.
  • Jan Bradley rides again on the Spring Trail Ride in 2014.
  • Ready for a great day on the trail at the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area.
  • Cowboys ready for the 2014 Spring Trail Ride.
  • The Kentucky Derby Tea was great fun! $200 was raised for the Cowboy Church Building Fund.
  • Ladies enjoying the Kentucky Derby Tea at the Victorian Country Inn, Love the Hats!
  • All the Sharp-Shooters at the First Annual Easter Peep Skeet at the Spencers'.
  • Pastor Dale shares with the Buckaroos and the Adults enjoy it too!
  • 2013 Fall Shoot Participants
  • Great Crowd at Band Appreciation Night
  • Everyone Welcome Mondays at 7 pm.
  • We know how to do Potluck Dinners!
  • Pastor Dale explains the Christian Cowboy Way.
  • The messages are biblical, about the Christian walk, and from the heart.
  • People of all ages enjoy Cowboy Church.
  • There is plenty of room for you. Come as you are!
  • Christian Cowboy music is what we love!
  • Our offerings are put in a pair of Cowboy boots.
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ages love Cowboy Church.
  • A young Roy Rogers?
  • A chance to give your horse some arena experience before and after the worship service.
  • Cowboy Church is a family experience.
  • Sandy and her horse, Dixie.
  • "Best looking crowd ever!"
  • Crack shot, Mike Martin.
  • Wade Vandelicht shows the clay targets no mercy.
  • Our Spring Shoot at Riverhills.
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band plays in New Franklin, MO.
  • The Stick Pony Race at our Summer Cowboy Church Fun Show in Ashland.
  • Rick Gunier, former US Marine, flys the Colors at the Fun Show.
  • Hold your tongue just right and ride smooth.
  • Now I know why they call it a "Fun Show."
  • Mike McDow on his pretty pony.
  • Barb Spencer prepares the Cowboy Grub at the Fun Show.
  • Kids had a blast at the Fun Show.
  • Rick helps Joey ride his trusty steed.
  • We have Cowboy Church T-Shirts and Caps.
  • Picnicing at the Spring Trail Ride.
  • The Boy Scouts join us for worship at the Trail Ride.
  • Cowpokes are hungry after a 3 hour Trail Ride.
  • Fred and Jane Craig ride the Bennett Trail.
  • 35 riders participated in our Spring 2013 Trail Ride.
  • A beautiful day on the trail.
  • Mules like the trail too!
  • Pink ribbon on a pretty mare.
  • A day they will remember.
  • Patienty waiting for the service to end and the riding to begin.
  • Meeting in the arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band.
  • Marking our second year. Thanks, Jan Bradley, for the cake.
  • Ray Spencer brings his Chuck Wagon to Cowboy Church.
  • The Buckaroos enjoy Pastor Dale's Stories.
  • We dress warm in the winter and do just fine. Cowboys are tough!
  • Our musicians during our Sunday experiment.
  • Barb and Ray Spencer serve up the warm grub at the Chuck Wagon.
  • The kids named our Carpet Pony Prophet.
  • Some songs you just have to stand to sing.
  • A lot of bull.
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls are hungry to learn about the Lord and His Word.
  • Something poetic about Cowboys out on the range.
  • Tuning up and about ready to rock.
  • A Cowboy's Cathedral.

Many of the photos in our slideshow above were taken by Jan Bradley.  14 of the photos shown were by Jim Robertson, from the Boone Electric Cooperative and are being used by permission

Howdy Pardner 

Ride the "Saddle Up For St. Jude" Trail Ride on Saturday, September 19, 2015 beginning at 10 AM. The rides are a choice of a 2 1/2 hour ride or a 3 1/2 hour ride.  Then stay for the carry-in dinner (meat and drinks provided) starting at 5 PM, with an Auction after the dinner.  The ride starts at David and Brenda Reed's Farm in Randolph County, Missouri and goes onto the Rudolph Bennitt Conservation Area and ends back at their farm. For more information or to register, call 660-456-7829. All riders must present a negative Coggins test that day before they can ride.



Pastor Dale and MaryAnn Larison welcome you to the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church.  Put on your blue jeans, saddle up (your car or truck) and head out some Monday evening at 7 pm to our ranch location at 15257 N. Tucker School Road for great Christian Worship and Cowboy Fellowship.

Everyone is Welcome!

15257 N. Tucker School Road

(North of Columbia, Missouri)

Here are directions to the Ranch:

 From Columbia, take Hwy 63 north for about a 10 minute drive, turn right (east), as if going to Hallsville on Hwy 124.

     Go about 2 miles to where N. Tucker School Road turns off to the left (north).
     Go one mile on Tucker School Road. Watch for our signs.
     15257 N. Tucker School Road.



Our Cowboy Church is now meeting on a Ranch about 10 to 12 minutes north of

Columbia, Missouri on Monday nights at 7 pm. 

Everyone is Welcome!

Wear your blue jeans or whatever you feel comfortable in.




This working ranch is located about one mile up Tucker School Road off Hwy 124.  (Just about 10 minutes north of Columbia, Missouri)



We took a step back into the Old West Monday, March 9th, at Cowboy Church.  Point Riders, Butch Filkins and Ray Spencer showed their great collection of cowboy gear from days gone by. 


The Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church welcomes Mrs. MaryAnn Larison to the Cowboy Church Family!

Pastor Dale and MaryAnn Larison



Our Wranglers and Point Riders Meeting Tuesday night, February 3rd at Bandanas BBQ, was attended by 18 church leaders.  Many events and activities were discussed and a number of those attending agreed to be Point Riders for those various events and activities.  The activities discussed included a Fun Show, a Spring Trail Ride, A Weekend Retreat with horse riding and Bible studies, an NRA sponsored course on How Not to be a Victim, and a Western Museum Display Night at the Cowboy Church.  Also discussed at the meeting was the work of our Building Committee and the process the Committee is taking. (You may read the weekly Round-up Newsletter on this website under the Information Center tab above.)

Our Services are on Monday evenings at 7 PM.


Haley Schrimpf put on quite a Barrel Racing Demo October 27th, as the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church met for the last time in the Central Missouri Events Center.




To see this week's Cowboy Church Newsletter, "The Round-Up", look at the Info Center tab above and then "Weekly Round-Up Newsletter".



We had a great day for our Trail Ride and Picnic at Pastor Dale's Ranch.  Thanks to all who attended and brought their horses and the wonderful food! (Photos by Jan Bradley)



The Fall Chuck Wagon Dinner Theater - 30 people attended at the Spencers' on Saturday October 18th.


Larry McDaniel, From the Coyote Hill Children's Home Spoke at the Cowboy Church Monday Night, Sept 22nd 

Larry McDaniel, and several of the staff from Coyote Hill Children's Home were with us Monday night, September 22nd.  Larry played his piano keyboard, with Wayne Walker on bass and Jerry Kilgore on guitar, then he told us about the Children's Home and their Horse Therapy Program.  Larry also provided a Horse/people interactive exercise during our Fellowship Time after the Worship Service. We had a great crowd of nearly 70 people and 10 horses at the service.

Fall Cowboy Church Trophy Shoots were Oct. 4th and 11th.

 The Five Stand Shoot was at Prairie Grove Saturday, October 4th at 10 am.  The Sporting Clays Shoot was also at Prairie Grove Saturday, October 11th..


The Five-Stand Winners were 1st - Butch Filkins, 2nd - John Egloff, 3rd - Jan Bradley, 4th - Ray Spencer.  It was a windy day and a challenging course, but all the participants had a great time!

Our Annual Fall Cowboy Church Sporting Clays Shoot was a great success. The winners of the contest were 1st - Wade Vandelicht, 2nd - Mike Martin, 3rd - Ray Spencer, 4th - Jerry Kilgore, and 5th -Jan Bradley. Congratulations to these sharp-shooters! Everyone had a fun time of shooting and fellowship! Thanks to Ray Spencer for organizing these Fall Shoots in successive weekends.


83 people enjoyed our worship service Monday night, June 23rd and then a great demonstration of horseback riding and pistol shooting.  Thanks to the Central Missouri Mounted Shooters for a great show!


You don't have to have a horse to attend the Cowboy Church.  This Cowboy Church is for anyone that has that independent American Cowboy Spirit and likes the idea of a laid-back, come as you are church, in a unique setting.






Contact Us  
Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church
15257 N. Tucker School Road
Hallsville, Missouri 65255
Map  •   Directions
Phone 573-808-6595
Saddle-Up for St. Jude Hospital Trail Ride, Picnic and Auction September 19th

This 16th Annual Trail Ride begins at David and Brenda Reeds Farm just north of the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at 10 am.  Bring a carry-in dish for the picnic.  The rides are a choice of 2 1/2 hour or 3 1/2 hours.  A negative Coggins test is required for all horses in this trail ride. All proceeds go to the St. Judes Children's Research Hospital. All riders are reqired to have a sponsor form filled out and signed. To register contact the Reeds at 660-456-7829.  To make a donation, send your check made out to St Jude CRH and mail it to: Clark Dalton, 8351 Hwy Vv, Columbia, MO 65202. Clark, a member of our cowboy church, has been the biggest fundraiser for this event over the last number of years.

Cowboy Church Trail Ride and Picnic September 26th

Our Trail Ride and Picnic will be Saturday September 26th at the Rudolph Bennitt Conservation Area in Randolph County,  The 2 1/2 hour ride will begin at 10:00 am at the Bennitt Lake Parking Area where we have special permission to park our horse trailers.  Bring a carry-in dish for the Picnic Dinner following the ride.

Chuck Wagon Dinner Theater will be a fundraiser for the Cowboy Church Building Fund Saturday October 17th

 Barb and Ray Spencer, members of the Cowboy Church and owners of the Victorian Country Inn, announced they are having a Chuck Wagon Dinner and Wild West Show on October 17 beginning at 5:30 pm with proceeds going to the Cowboy Church Building Fund. They plan to invite our members along with other Cowboy Churches and saddle clubs. The cost will be $10 per person with the attendees each asked to bring an envelope with a donation for the Cowboy Church Building Fund. At some point in the evening, some wild west cowpokes will rob the crowd of those envelopes and see that those funds end up in the hands of our Cowboy Church Treasurer and dedicated to the Building Fund. Since there will be some good-natured noise and shooting that night (with blanks of-course) the Spencers ask that no children attend this event. (The Victorian Country Inn B&B is located about 10 mintes north of Columbia and one mile east of Hwy 63 on Hwy 124.)

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