Welcome to Blazin' Trails Cowboy Church!

You don't have to be a cowboy to attend!

In January 2010, a small group of Christ followers joined together to plant a Cowboy Church in Lincoln County, North Carolina.  Their goal was simple but profound--help fulfill God’s plan of spreading His Gospel to the entire worlds.  That month they started in a small barn in Vale, NC.  However just a few months later, in March 2010, the Lincoln County Horsemen’s Association agreed to allow Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church to use an old barn on their property to hold Cowboy Church.

Pastor Harvey Gates leads the great group of believers at Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church. We provide opportunities for all ages to interact with each other to strengthen their relationship with Christ. We offer opportunities for anyone to find their place by being part of the Cowboy Church tradition.

Please don't hesitate to attend--You don’t have to be a cowboy or a horse lover to attend and feel at home with Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church. We provide an atmosphere where dress is casual.  Cowboy boots, hats, tennis shoes, shorts and jeans are all welcome here. If you like Christian music of all kinds, want to be loved for who you are, and most importantly, want God first in your life, you will love Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church.

Our Worship service includes: a patriotic pledge, great music and simple preaching of God’s Word. Fellowship includes trails rides, campfire gatherings, rodeo, and many other activities we may have throughout the year.

We hope you will consider becoming a part of the fastest growing, non-threatening church groups in America. Our goal is to reach the cowboy culture as well as anyone looking to find Christ in a non-traditional way. We still meet in a barn at the Ponderosa, located at 1222 Ponderosa Road in Lincolnton, NC.  And while our beginnings were humble with dirt floors and plastic lawn chairs, our barn is now well equipped with all the utilities and amenities necessary for year-round worship including real chairs,  HVAC as well as ADA compliant parking and bathrooms.

Christ is the authority and the Holy Bible is our guide as we work to strengthen our relationship with Him.  We can't wait for you to join us.

Come As You Are

We don't care what you are wearing--we just want you to join us in worship. The atmosphere is casual.


When you join us for a service, ask us about our church's charity events and how you can get involved in our community outreach. We focus on reaching those in our community who need it most.

Donate to Our Church

Every donation, no matter the size, has a huge impact on not only our church, but the greater community as a whole.

Our Staff

Callie Carpenter

Callie Carpenter, born and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina, has been involved with Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church since October…

In 2022, Jason was elected by the church to serve as an elder, a role he takes on with…

Book your tickets