Pastor Russel Bristol and family

The Bristol's were called to Goldthwaite in September of 2015 to be a part of Western Heritage Cowboy Church.  Russ has been preaching the gospel since 1998, at the age of 17, as a youth pastor at Harris Chapel Southern Methodist Church in Lindale, TX.  In 2011, Russ graduated from Texas Baptist Theological Seminary.  Russel and Melissa were married in 2005 and have had two wonderful sons since.  Melissa served as a missionary in Thailand and southern Africa before the Lord put these two together.  


"True bible teaching is at the heart of who I am as a pastor," says Pastor Russ.  If you are looking for a bible teaching church give Western Heritage Cowboy Church a try. 

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Associate Pastor Bowdy Thomas and family


               The Thomas family was called to the Western Heritage Cowboy Church in early 2017.  Bowdy was raised between Blanket and Zephyr and married his High School sweet heart from Goldthwaite Leesa "Watson". 

               I grew up in a very sound christian home.  My parents began my spiritual foundation at an early age.  I knew at the age of 16 that I was called to the ministry.  It took me 22 years to completely surrender to Gods calling.  With being raised with a very talented musical family, I knew that I was called to God's worship ministry, but was surprised when He showed me that I was called to pastor as well. 

We then moved to Ft. Worth and spent our first few years of marriage there before moving to Weatherford.  After a couple more years we then moved to the Waco area.  As a rodeo family those first 7 years of marraige few by in a hurry.