By Bonnie Mentel

A new Cowboy Church will be meeting at the RRR Farms in Plant City. Its first service will be held on Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.

“This church is going to be more like an outreach community church where we’re going to meet once a month and have a service for the community. It’s for people who wouldn’t normally go to church,” said David Gillett, head chaplain for Cowboys for Christ Ministries of Central Florida.

The morning will consist of a half-hour of Bible Study, a break, followed by a worship service and then lunch, so that people can fellowship with each other. Gillett’s wife, a former preschool teacher, will have activities planned for the children.

Cowboys for Christ currently has a Cowboy Church in Polk City, Church of the Barn. They average about 30 people per service. The goal of both churches is to work with attendees to eventually get them into a regular church.

“This is a starting point for people who have never been to church,” Gillett said. He will be the pastor at the new site.

Gillett started out as a chapter president with the organization and was eventually asked to be a chaplain. He worked as a licensed chaplain and was ordained as a pastor in June.

Gillett and his family oversee five different youth rodeos throughout Central Florida, from Arcadia to Lakeland. They serve with the Youth Rodeo Association of Central Florida, teaching children the Bible.

Cowboys for Christ, which is located in Ft. Worth, Texas, states on its website, “Cowboys for Christ is one of the very oldest livestock industry ministries and for over 42 years we have been a leader in proclaiming Jesus Christ to the lost wherever they work, play and live. We are a ‘go to them’ ministry that reaches out to all aspects of the cowboy world at every opportunity to reflect God’s love and reveal His wonderful plan of eternal salvation.”

The website also states that both city and country folk are welcome at their services.

RRR Farms is located at 7449 Loghouse Rd. in Plant City. For more information, visit its Facebook page, Cowboys for Christ of Central Florida, call 982-1172, or email

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