Director of Cowboy Churches coming to Isanti

Jeff Bishop, the Executive Director of the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches (AFCC), is coming to speak at the Open Range Cowboy Church in Isanti on Sunday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m.

“Since 2000 we have been witness to God starting over 200 cowboy churches,” Bishop said. “In these churches thousands have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, families have been united, and cowboys and cowgirls have overcome addictions and life struggles. We are blessed.”

Pastor Joe Penrose of the cowboy church in Isanti said Bishop will preach and talk about the mission of cowboy churches as a whole and how cowboy churches operate.

Bishop has been involved with cowboy churches since 2002, when he and his family joined Cross Trails Cowboy Church in Fairlie, Texas. “Kim, Cody and I felt at home and knew that was where the Lord had led us to worship,” he said.

Eventually he became pastor at Cross Trails where he served for over four years. He and other leaders of the church helped start three other cowboy churches. He later started a church in Bandera, Texas, where he moved with his family.

In August 2010 the Texas Fellowship of Cowboy Churches asked Bishop to serve as interim executive director. For the past five years he has been involved with the TFCC Cowboy Youth Camps. In addition to working with the camps, he has served on the Board of Directors as both a board member and an officer. Open Range Cowboy Church is located at 903 6th Ave. Court in Isanti and can be reached at 320-629-6551.