Rev. Jerry Glander
holds a Bible while he
preaches a message during a Triple Crown Cowboy Church service.
Dressed in a big belt buckle and black cowboy hat, pastor Jerry Wayne Glander welcomes newcomers to Triple Crown Cowboy Church: "Ya'll make yourselves at home."
With toe-tapping country gospel, a friendly church family and beans and cornbread, it would be difficult for the hat and spurs set not to feel at home.
"Everybody's welcome and it's real laid back," Glander
, 37, said.
wife, Sarah, 34, started the church at Lakeview Park in November.
likes Smith's approach and says he
too is looking for people who don't feel comfortable in the traditional church.
"We have that same need right here in Frankfort, especially in the Shelbyville area," Glander
Tracy and Pieratt have sung together for years at Tony's Barn in Lawrenceburg and agreed to help Glander
start the church.
Let's pull out a pot of chili,'" Glander
breaks things down a lot so even newest members can understand."
A high-energy preacher, Glander paces back and forth each week and appeals to the congregation about the loving and merciful God they've come to worship.
always prays for God to bless the service and speak to the crowd.
Uncharacteristically, the crowd becomes silent, and remains silent, throughout the sermon.
great mercy he
has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade " kept in heaven for you," Glander
recently shared from 1 Peter.
"A lot of people have questions about the belief factors," Glander
"What I preach is backed by the Southern Baptist Convention
I'm an ordained Baptist preacher.
But it's not just for Baptists.
It's not about isolating people; it's open to anyone and everyone."
Originally from Irvine, Ky., Glander
was ordained as a Baptist minister in October " the same month he
wife, Sarah, 34, were married.
It's been an eventful year as they're now expecting their first child.
Glander says he never thought " "never in a million years" " that he would become a pastor, but starting Triple Crown seemed to be what God wanted.
He works full-time as a car salesman at Jeff Wyler Honda; his position as pastor is unpaid.
"That was my one stipulation in starting this church," he
Glander says people show up "straight from the pig barn with mud still on their boots," but not everyone who attends is a cowboy.
That's the case in most cowboy churches, he
said several members of Triple Crown Cowboy Church live in the city, but hold to the cowboy culture.
They share the same values and patriotism and enjoy straight Bible preaching.
"In our community, it's way beyond horses" he
"It's country folks.