Church Spotlight: Western Star Cowboy Church

The Western Star Cowboy Church is a unique experience compared to traditional churches. Every aspect of the church is tailor-made for those who appreciate the country lifestyle.
Western Star was founded in 2009 by Pastor Bobby Bowden and his wife and co-pastor Mary Bowden.
Their goal was to create a place for countrified people to worship God.
“A cowboy church is a church that seeks the western and country people,” Bobby said. “It’s a very non-orthodox type setting.”
Part of what makes the cowboy church unique is their come-as-you-are atmosphere.
“People will get up in the morning, feed their animals, and then come into church with those same boots on,” Bobby said.
Mary said this is important because “God is concerned about their soul, not what they wear.”
The church started with only 13 people. Now the congregation has about 170 people from all across the metroplex.
Despite the growing size, Mary said the church is still a tight-knit group.
“We help each other in this church,” Mary said. “This church is a family whether you’ve been here for a while or you just walked in that door.”
The Western Star Cowboy Church does not belong to any specific denomination, but their beliefs are simple: “We believe that if the bible says it, that settles it,” Bobby said.
The church is known for having fun. Throughout the year there are festivals, feasts, and even rodeo activities.
“We worship God with Joy,” Mary said. “People don’t want to leave because of the fellowship.”
On October 13, the church will hold their 10th annual trail ride benefitting the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
This tradition has been happening since a year before the church was formed.
Over the years the event has raised $38,600 for the children’s hospital.
“For a little church, that’s a lot,” Mary said. “We have a lot of really good people here.”
The main service is at 10 o’clock on Sunday mornings. There is also a gathering for teenagers at 4 p.m. on Sundays. Bible studies are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
For more information, visit the church website at, call (817) 880-5488, or email