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Allen Upshaw
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Pastor of High Mountain Cowboy Church, Lander, WY
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We have been involved in the Cowboy Church movement since spring 2008 when we discovered Cowboy Church of Ellis County, TX; the flagship church of the American Association of Cowboy Churches.

Through 2010 and 2011 we attended AFCC Cowboy Church Planting Schools and in the summer of 2011 moved to Childress, TX to plant a Cowboy Church. That did not go too well so we searched other areas and were invited to plant a Cowboy Church in the Wind River Region of Wyoming by the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention.

We moved to Lander, WY December 19, 2011 and held our first service the first Sunday of March 2012. We started by holding services in a tiny, (546 sq. ft.), church at the local museum that could only seat 20 - 30 comfortably. We added Saturday evening services in the fall but the little church was really cold. We had no place to hold Children's Church so families that came and liked what we were doing did not return.

In the spring and fall we held Family Roundups where children from the community could come and learn to ride horses. These were very popular events and more are requested. If we had an indoor arena we would hold them all year.

In order to grow and offer Children's Church we needed to move to larger quarters, we also needed a decent home, so we bought a property with a nice home with a converted garage living room where we are currently holding services and Children's Church. The property has a 1,600 sq. ft shop available to convert into a church. This will seat 80 comfortably. We have started the conversion, but completion is a matter of funds availability.
God has blessed us with the property and the means to pay for it. We are seeking financial assistance to complete the remodel so we can move church out of our living room and into the larger space.

When the shop is remodeled church and social events will be held there with the converted garage living room becoming our children's church.
We have a number of very dedicated Disciples who want to bring people to church, but we still do not have room to make newcomers feel comfortable. Most of our members are men and their families who said they would never enter a church again. We feel blessed that we have been able to create an environment where they feel comfortable enough to stay and hear the Lord's Word. We also have three people who have requested Baptism and will have to borrow a church with a Baptismal to serve them.

Financial support to complete the remodel from all sources will be greatly appreciated as we grow this church and reach more people in the western heritage culture here in Wyoming.

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At 10:28am on June 16, 2017, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Happy Birthday Brother!

At 10:13am on June 17, 2016, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Have a wonderful birthday. God bless you!

At 9:37am on June 17, 2015, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Blessed birthday from your ICCAN family!

At 10:02am on June 17, 2014, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Happy Birthday from your ICCAN family!

At 10:34pm on December 30, 2012, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Hi Pastor Allen, welcome to ICCAN...so great have you and your church fellowship with us!

At 10:00pm on December 25, 2012, Rocky Morris, Founding Director said…

Howdy Allen and welcome to ICCAN....It so good to have you here on the network!!!

At 4:47pm on December 25, 2012, Andy Starks,ICCAN Int'l Director said…

Greetings from Andy Starks, ICCAN Education Director, and pastor of Cornerstone Cowboy Church in New Iberia, Louisiana. CornerstoneCowboyChurch.com

It's great to have you in the ICCAN "family." Take some time to look around the site and enjoy the music, messages, photos, and videos. Check out our ICCAN store, along with the Round Pen Bible Institute and "Church Directory" and "Ministry Directory" pages. Let me know if you want the church you are senior pastor of, or the ministry you are personally involved in, to be listed on one of these pages. WELCOME TO ICCAN! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 
 
 

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