About Us

Meet Wayne Goplin, Pastor of Kickapoo Cowboy Church

 

Wayne Goplin grew up on a dairy farm near Blue River, WI, and graduated from Blue River High School.  He then graduated from the University of Wisconsin, taking the Farm Short Course. He married his High School sweetheart, Luanne Everson.

Wayne worked for the University Of Wisconsin-Platteville as Dairy Herdsman for four years, then decided to go back to school, attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to study agriculture.   After that, he went to work for Tri-State Breeders Co-op as technician and coordinator. During his time in Platteville, he was a member of the Platteville Fire Department for five years and President of the Platteville Jaycees.  

Five years later, he accepted a job with Dairyland Fertilizer as Agronomy Manager in Platteville. He was promoted to District Manager two years later, overseeing six fertilizer plants at Elkhorn, Janesville, Beloit, Monroe, Platteville, Cassville, so Wayne and Luanne moved to Janesville.   Five years later, Dairyland Fertilizer Company was sold, so he went to work as an agriculture chemical sales representative for the southern half of Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He finished his last 14 years as an Agronomist for Land O Lakes, retiring in 2003. 

Since retirement, Wayne has stayed busy. He is a school bus driver for North Crawford Schools, a Landscape Consultant and Sales Representative for C&C Landscaping in Viroqua, WI, and the Site Leader/Lay Leader for the Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, and North Clayton campuses of BMZ Church. 

Wayne has had a music ministry for over 45 year, including being a member of the Oracles Gospel Quartet for over 30 years. He have been a Lay Speaker for United Methodist Churches for the past eight years.  

Wayne has also served as President of the Richland Center, WI, Kiwanis, State President of the Wisconsin Fertilizer and Chemical Association, five years on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the city of Janesville, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin Lime Advisory Board.

Wayne and his wife Luanne have been married for 57 years.  They have been blessed with three children, Penny Mansur, David Goplin, and Dan Goplin, eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.

For many years, Wayne had felt the call to start a Cowboy Church. He is excited to now be able to serve as Pastor of Kickapoo Cowboy Church, beginning May 1, 2016. He looks forward to meeting you.

The Cowboy Church movement started in the western United States more than 40 years ago and has spread across the country and into Mexico and Australia.  There are more than 1000 Cowboy Churches and Ministries listed through out the United States and Canada.

Cowboy Church services feature mainly Country, Western, and Blue Grass music, and include a short message.

A lot of people do not attend church because they feel that the traditional church is either just after their money, or that they do not fit into a traditional church because it is too "righteous for them."  Cowboy Church is designed to lower those barriers, closing the gap between the churched and the unchurched making people feel comfortable and inviting them to come just as they are.

Kickapoo Cowboy Church is a non-denominational church and not affiliated with another church or denomination.
 
Cowboy Church Beliefs:

God:  Cowboy Churches believe in the Trinity. One God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
 
Jesus Christ:  Jesus came to earth as redeemer. Through His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection, He paid the debt for the sins of those who believe in Him as Savior.
 
Holy Spirit:   The Holy Spirit draws all people to Jesus Christ, and resides in all who receive Christ as their Savior, guiding God’s children through life's journey to Heaven.

Bible:  Cowboy Churches believe that the Bible is the written Word of God.  It is an instruction book for life that is true and reliable.   It provides the bases for Christian faith.

Worship Services:  Without exception, worship services in Cowboy Churches are informal with a "come as you are rule.  Cowboy Churches are seeker-oriented with the goal to remove barriers that might prevent the unchurched from attending.   Sermons  are short and down to earth (no churchy language) People can wear hats during service, but are asked to remove them during prayer.   The majority of the service consists of music, provided live by Country, Western, and Blue Grass musicians.

Kickapoo Cowboy Church services are held at 6:00pm the first Sunday evening of the month at the Annex of the Old Oak Inn (map), 500 Church Street, Soldiers Grove, Wi.
 
Everyone is welcome to come and bring a friend!  Services are kid friendly, so please bring your children.