The 4C Cowboy Church
4C Cowboy Church began as an outreach mission of First Baptist Church – Horatio, and the first service was held on February 4, 2010, in a rented building called “The Party Barn”. Tom and Geneva Nettles came up with the name “Christian Cowboys Crusading for Christ” and for the sake of brevity and as a nod to Western Heritage; the official name was shortened to 4C Cowboy Church.
An opportunity presented itself for 4C to have services in a different location, so on January 22, 2012, the core group met in an abandoned building, prayed, and the work began, led by Al Wright. So many others donated their time, equipment, as well as appliances, office equipment, and nursery furnishings. The building was ready for services on May 17, 2012, and the group “Forgiven” from Mena, Arkansas provided the worship music with Bro. Lance Crump from Campbell, Texas bringing the message.
4C has been blessed to have several great gospel groups come and share the Good News through message and music. Among those are Leroy and Reta Cowart from Oregon, Barry Ward from Colorado, Jayc Harold from Tennessee, Chuck Day from Georgia, Peanut and Laurie Copes from Louisiana, the Stones from Oklahoma, Trey Johnson and James and Tammy Bogle from Texas, and Paul Daily with Wild Horse Ministries from Louisiana. From Arkansas, we have had Travis Kesterson’s group “Forgiven”, Marlon Sharp and “Cowboys at the Cross”, and Freddie Baker’s group “Chosen”.
Sunday services begin with Sunday School at 8:00 a.m. followed by praise and worship at 8:45. The Thursday night services begin at 6:30 p.m. with potluck supper, then music and message at 7. Lay Pastor Al Wright and Elders share in the responsibility of sharing God’s Word, with occasional guest speakers as well. The youth group C.R.E.W. (Christ Renews Everyone Willing) also meets Thursday nights.
Other services include Ladies Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the church and on Wednesdays, Gospel Giddy-up (lunch and bible study) is held from 12 to 1 p.m. at the “Board House” by Bear State Bank on Collin Raye Drive, De Queen.
4C provides a little different atmosphere than traditional services (complete with adjacent river for baptisms or cattle trough in the winter) and includes activities such as an annual retreat and camp-out during Memorial Weekend on the river close to De Queen, arena events for youth and adults, trail rides, calf roping, ranch rodeos, parades, chili cook-offs, fish fries, and bean auctions. You do not have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to attend our services. We have lots of wonderful down-home folks who just want to be a part of our worship service. 4C is a laid-back, informal, non-denominational church that strongly believes that worshiping God is more important than the kind of car you drive or the kind of clothes you wear.
We at 4C believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He arose three days later and is coming back for us SOON. We are committed to reaching all cultures including the cowboy culture for Jesus Christ, and we would love to have you come and be a part of our family fellowship. Come as you are; join us as we study the Bible and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You will see how God can empty us of ourselves as He did an old abandoned building, clean out our hearts, and use us for His glory.
4C Cowboy Church is classified by the IRS as a public charity under section 501 (c) (3).