We are not your typical church. We have a very casual, relaxed atmosphere. You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl! We have teachers, doctors, lawyers, and people from all walks of life. We want you to walk in and forget your problems, where you have been, or what you have done. We want you to focus on the love that you feel when you walk in the door and our greeters give you a big howdy and a hug. Greg Highsmith says it the best, “we promise to love you and accept you and if there are any changes that need to be made we will let God do that.” We want you to feel at home here.
Wade and Louise
Wade Markham is the Senior Pastor at Cowboy Junction. Wade and Louise have worked hand in hand to promote the Word of God to all that God brings their way.
Wade was raised on a cattle ranch in Locust Grove. Louise lived in the Leedey area and moved to Locust Grove in the second grade. They graduated from Locust Grove in May, were married in November, and headed to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in January for Wade to pursue his dream of becoming a Veterinarian. After graduation, they moved to Vinita, established a Veterinary practice, and made Vinita their home.
Wade saw a great need to have a place where cowboys, ranchers, and farmers could fellowship and feel like they fit in. They had a team that traveled and ministered at rodeos, high school rodeos, farm shows, and fairs. Thus, the vision of Cowboy Junction was born.
Cowboy Junction was to be a place where everyone could walk in and feel at home, comfortable, and feel the love of Jesus. He wanted to keep it simple, where the cowboys and cowgirls could wear their hats, jeans, and boots and feel like this was the place they wanted to be and join right in.
We care about our community
The people of our community are very important to us. We reach out in several areas by participating in local activities and projects.
Our Community Projects
Marsha and Trudy have been going to Rose Rock Recovery Center (RRRC) once a week for 11 years. RRRC is a wonderful rehab facility located just north of Vinita for women in recovery. They allow us to come in each week to teach Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based 12 step program. Marsha and Trudy just love the “girls” and become attached to them. They encourage them to keep in contact even after they graduate the program. Many do. In fact, we were honored to perform a wedding ceremony of one of the graduates last December. She told us that, “I found God again at Cowboy Junction, I got baptized at Cowboy Junction, and I want to get married at Cowboy Junction.”
Graduates receiving their quilts.
Amanda and Karie
Matt & Amber getting married
Matt & Amber getting married
Marsha & Trudy celebrate with Jessica at her wedding!
Correction Facility Chapel
A few years ago, we were informed by Dave Deffenbaugh that the NEO Correctional Center did not have a chapel. We were privileged to be able to help meet that need and see the completion of their chapel. Our team has gone out and done Sunday services twice a month since it was built. Several area churches also have their appointed time to have a service for the inmates. Mark Hilderbrand and Tommy Skinner have also gone out each week and facilitated Celebrate Recovery Inside. CRI is a faith-based 12-step recovery program that deals with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. We all know this is the beginning of real restoration when they are introduced to Jesus and discover the plan and purpose He has for their lives.
Other Community service
Please check back here for more exciting community service projects coming to Cowboy Junction.