Ten years of arena ministry celebrated in a BIG way




Proud winners of the #12 Team Roping, Brandon Fischer and Grant Schneider, were happy to accept their portion of the $10,000 Cowboy Fellowship Rope Off prize money.

Proud winners of the #12 Team Roping, Brandon Fischer and Grant Schneider, were happy to accept their portion of the $10,000 Cowboy Fellowship Rope Off prize money.

Before the year even started, friends and members of Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County began planning ways to celebrate their first full decade of ministry. Not only has the ministry been active on a local level but has reached out to thousands across the world. Leadership of the church thought a fitting way to celebrate the occasion of the 10th anniversary of an organization that had its beginning in a roping arena should also celebrate there…in a big way! Organizers soon came up with the idea of a roping series that would culminate with a Rope Off among the top winners of the series ropings. The Rope Off needed to be spectacular, and 10 thousand dollars in prize money was thought to be just the incentive needed to set the momentum for the event.

Throughout 2013 monthly ropings have been held and the top winners from these ropings, the last of which was held just after the Sunday morning church service, May 5, were advanced to the Rope Off. Each roping was actually a set of two ropings divided according to the abilities of the ropers using a numbering system that is not determined solely on an individual’s rank, but the ranking of the two members of the team combined. Immediately following the last roping the Rope Off qualifiers squared off for a hard fought battle. As the day drew to a close and the final loops were thrown the champions were declared. Winning the #10 roping were Grant Schneider and Davis Watts, and claiming victory over the #12 roping was a team that also included Grant Schneider, along with Brandon Fischer.

Other events and activities targeting different ages and interests were held throughout the weekend, each centered around the fellowship of God’s family, sharing His authority, and celebrating His love through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. It is the prayer and belief of Cowboy Fellowship that this time of celebration of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness was used by Him to touch hearts and lives, as He has continually done throughout the past 10 years.


Grant Schneider and Davis Watts, winners of the #10 Team Roping, were all smiles as they collected their share of the $10,000 Cowboy Fellowship Rope Off prize money.

Grant Schneider and Davis Watts, winners of the #10 Team Roping, were all smiles as they collected their share of the $10,000 Cowboy Fellowship Rope Off prize money.

Josh Hill received a few words of wisdom from world famous rodeo clown Leon Coffee before the Mutton Bustin’ event at Cowboy Fellowship’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Not only is Coffee known and loved as a protector of cowboys and a fabulous entertainer, he is a deeply convicted Christian who Saturday night stood in front of an arena full of fans and declared his love of God in a very moving testimony of his faith.

Josh Hill received a few words of wisdom from world famous rodeo clown Leon Coffee before the Mutton Bustin’ event at Cowboy Fellowship’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Not only is Coffee known and loved as a protector of cowboys and a fabulous entertainer, he is a deeply convicted Christian who Saturday night stood in front of an arena full of fans and declared his love of God in a very moving testimony of his faith.

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