Cowboy churches use an Elder – Lay Pastor structure that helps support the pastor and congregation in several areas of the church.


The pastor shall be the spiritual leader of the congregation. In that capacity, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, he shall preach and teach the Word of God, lead the church in regular worship services, administer the ordinances of the church, serve as moderator at church conferences, provide leadership to the ministerial staff, serve as overall administrator of the church, and generally fulfill all of his pastoral duties as set forth in Scripture.


Elders model what it means to be Christ-like.  Elders serve a 3-year term and are an example for the congregation of how to live a Christian life. This includes how to relate to other Christians, how to relate to non-believers, and how to be a godly man and have an active personal relationship with Jesus.

  • Elders provide spiritual leadership and accountability to the church in accordance with Scripture.
  • They provide a brotherhood of support and accountability for the pastor, assist the ministry teams with difficult issues and serve as arbiters in matters of conflict.
  • They are responsible for administering church discipline, and in general provide spiritual leadership, guidance and assistance wherever and whenever appropriate.
  • The elder body is made up of three selected elders plus the pastor, who is the lead elder.

Lay Pastors

Lay pastors serve the pastor as armor bearers (I Samuel 14:6-14). They serve a one-year term that may be extended, and are appointed and replaced by the pastor at his discretion. Lay pastors take the place of paid staff in a traditional church.

Lay pastors help the pastor minister to the needs of the congregation in many ways, such as visitation, and meeting members’ physical needs as well as the physical needs of the church. Lay pastors are assigned to a ministry team to be the spiritual guide for the team leaders and members.

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Pastor Jimmy’s life has always been one of service, to his country, his community, and his church.

From 2001-2008, he served in the U.S. Army, including two tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.

Between 2011 and 2015, he served as a part-time police officer in Cherokee and Killen, Alabama.

Having been ordained in 2007, Jimmy’s service to his church includes being interim pastor for one year in Columbus, MS; pastor at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Killen, AL; and now pastor of our own Cowboy Church of Tarrant County. Jimmy attended UNA and Alabama A&M University and is always continuing his education.

He is also a farrier and equine dentist, which means he serves our four-footed friends as well!

Pastor Jimmy delivers Biblical messages with his own unique flair of using the western lifestyle and props along with his comedic interjections and phrases that keep the church members on their toes. His involvement in reaching the lost and unchurched extends outside the church through his most recent mission trip to England.

An avid horseback rider since age 7, in his spare time, he enjoys calf roping, hunting, blacksmithing, and weightlifting. He also loves preparing meals for his family, ‘cause let’s face it, if he relied on Cierra to cook, it would be takeout!

Originally from Mississippi, Cierra graduated from the University of North Alabama with a double major in General Chemistry and Professional Biology.

She was about 10 days shy of completing a dozen years in nuclear chemistry before changing career paths. She was a Chemistry Technician for over 9-1/2 years and a Chemist for the remainder.

Currently, she is a Principal Consulting Nuclear Analyst in Emergency Planning at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.

She enjoys breakaway roping, playing basketball and softball, and shooting sporting clays. She loves Jimmy’s cooking, but is always up for takeout to keep a clean kitchen.

Mr. Cody Roberts enjoys riding horses, building Star Wars Legos, and reading.

Cody is very energetic with church work and enjoys serving the church any way that he can.

When his dad is going away for work, his number one concern is always, “But who is going to feed us?”

Miss Gemma Roberts enjoys playing with the dogs Dally, Rooster, and big Mo.

She also loves riding horses and bossing anyone who will let her.

She has a very caring and compassionate heart, and will pray for those who need it. As far as food, if it has sugar in it, she loves it!

Pastor Jimmy Roberts, his Wife Cierra, and son and daughter Cody and Gemma.


The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

1 Timothy 5:17

Ken Havard

Adam Langford

Curtis Mattison
Lay Pastor

To contact one of our Elders or Lay Pastors, visit our Contact Page or reach out to the church office at


In the cowboy church we use ministry teams to carry out the specialized ministries of the church. Each ministry team has a specific function and responsibility that is assigned or approved by the Pastor and/or Elders.

  • Arena – JW Chisholm
  • Audit – Wayne Farrar
  • Band – Sammy Alaniz
  • Children’s Ministry – Morgan Shimanek
  • Chuckwagon – David Savidge
  • Facilities – Ronald McKinnon
  • Hospitality – Alice McElveen
  • Ladies Round Pen – Kay Nelson
  • Media – Wendy LeSage
  • Men’s Round Pen – Bryan Dees
  • Welcome – Richard Hawkins
  • Youth – Keri Langford

To contact one of our Team Leaders, visit our Contact Page or reach out to the church office at