Nashville Cowboy Church

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  • Nashville's Cowboy Church is the first interdenominational cowboy church service in the USA. Featuring the music and ministry of Dr. Harry Yates and his wife Joanne Cash Yates (Johnny Cash's sister) the service is broadcast to over 110 countries, showcases a roster of local and international artists, and preaches God's word through the magic of good ol' country music.

    Though the church boasts approximately 100 local regulars who attend the weekly services, its 22-year history, star power, and location - smack-dab in the tourist mecca of Opryland - has made it one of the top tourist attractions in Music City, bringing curious visitors in from all corners of the globe.
  • A cowboy patron sets down his hat during Cowboy Church rehearsals. The band learns, on average, 9-10 new songs the day of the service.
  • Pastor (and founder of the church) Harry Yates takes a second to pause and enjoy the music during rehearsal.
  • Joanne Cash Yates greets churchgoers in Ernest Tubb Record Shop, attached to the church's home at the Texas Troubadour Theatre.
  • A Cowboy Church band member relaxes in the green room.
  • The Yates lead a pre-service group prayer with all members of the morning's stage band.
  • Harry looks over his notes backstage.
  • Special guest Johnny Counterfeit.
  • Supported by a devoted crew, the Nashville Cowboy Church broadcasts every Sunday to over 110 countries by satellite radio and a live web stream.
  • Special guest, Billboard-charter Bobby G. Rice.
  • A volunteer collects offerings by way of a cowboy hat.
  • Co-founder Joanne Cash Yates belts out a gospel number to end the musical segment of the service.
  • Harry stations himself in neighbouring Ernest Tubb Record Shop and bids farewell to the congregation, including a young cowboy-in-training.