Cross Brand Cowboy Church

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Welcome!

“Let me say welcome on behalf of the folks at Cross Brand Cowboy Church! Rodeo cowboys, ranch cowboys, or just cowboys at heart are all invited to be a part of a unique way of worship. We don’t have steeples and stained glass or pews and a pretty pulpit, but we do have a group of caring folks coming together to help and encourage each other.

Mike Morrow

 

Come see us soon!” – Mike Morrow, Pastor

 

Sermons:

02-23-14 What Every Cross Brand Memeber Needs to Pray For

03-09-14 Learning to Love Mud

CBC 04-06-14 When Kids Choose the WrongWay pt1 30m final

CBC 03-16-14 Principles

 

 

More to come……

Bended Knee

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 The Dudley Bunch!

One focus of our ministry is towards family.  Families are under attack right now, and our family has been no exception.  We have found the Peace of the Lord through the storms that have raged through our family.  We have seen healing, restoration, joy, and hope in the midst of our trials.  We hope to bring that message of hope, through the Lord to all families.

We have blended together 2 families, and we have adopted 4 children from the U.S. foster care system.

Our family has used Gods Children Adoption Agency from Fergus Falls MN and Fargo ND.  We encourage you to contact them if your in the MN, ND area and are considering adopting.  Go to: www.adoptgodschildren.com  or call: 877-233-2025

We are wanting to travel, if you would like us to come to your town or event… Just drop us a line or give us a call.  We will work with you and others in your area to make it work!

 

“If It Wasn’t For The Blood” was released Independant April 2011

 

“He Gave Me A Friend” was released by Tate Music Group April 2012

 

“Downhome Country Christmas”was released Independant November 2012

 

“I Surrender” should be released in April 2013

We are looking to book this years calendar, there is still time to add your church or venue!  Big or small, local or out of state, give us a call and we can work something out.

Red Roots

Red Roots

    Red Roots

The lives of three, red-headed, identical triplet sisters are best summed up in the band name Red Roots.  With now a second album “Middle of Nowhere” released, Red Roots has developed a sweet, pop-country sound while incorporating an inspirational message. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their “roots” of family, faith, and music.
Around nineteen years ago, our parents Mark and Sherry Taylor were told they were having one baby. That was good news to them and our four-year old brother at the time Mark Jr. A week later the news changed quite a bit after the doctor saw one more baby in the ultrasound. Now, instead of one there were two. Another week passed by, and our parents made another visit to the doctor. After performing an ultrasound, they saw a big difference in what they had seen before, three babies! Around seven months later, three very-healthy triplet girls were born.

Having Christian parents first helped develop our Red Roots. It seemed that we were always in church, and my parents instilled in us Christian morals and principles. At church we were introduced to music, so we were involved in the children’s choir. Around the age of four and five, we began our singing debut in a choir musical singing “Be Near Me Lord Jesus.” At that same time, we began asking our parents to play instruments. Nika started first on the guitar after challenging our brother Mark Jr. to a “Yankee Doodle” duel. It was her favorite song and only song she knew, so my brother didn’t stand a chance. Natalie’s piano lessons soon followed at the age of nine. Her friends were also taking, so she was accused of taking lessons because of them. Maybe a year later, Nicole started asking my parents for drum lessons. My mom said that she tried to discourage her by saying that only boys played the drums. Negative comments were also spoken to her by the band director when he said she had no rhythm. If either of them actually did discourage her, we couldn’t tell. My mom caved in for local drum lessons, but the teacher didn’t have a spot. Long story made short, mom prayed for God to open the door if it was His will, and a spot became available at the exact time she wanted. Our band was formed. We all three would set up in our playroom and attempt to play the same song together. It was a lot harder than we thought, especially since we started out playing “Shout to the Lord.” Unknowingly to us, my mom was praying, “Anoint them to sing for your glory, Lord.” This prayer marked the beginning of our Red Roots.

God opened many doors for us as we first started out. Our pastor Bro. Bill Barton had started an alcohol rehabilitation center called the Home of Grace, so he asked us to play there monthly. We were paired with a former addict named Rodney Williams who would preach after we sang. The men always would scream and clap no matter how many clunkers Natalie hit on the keyboard, beats Nicole would be off on the drums, or chords missed on the guitar by Nika. They truly worshipped God there and encouraged us each month we came. Bro. Rodney and we made a great team because both of us were just starting out. He would also invite us to play at schools and churches where he would give his testimony, which he later wrote in a book titled, Club Meth to Christ. We both shared the common message of the Red Roots of Christ.
We eventually started playing other instruments. At thirteen years old, Nicole played the drums, banjo, and bass. Nika added playing the mandolin along with the guitar. Natalie picked up the violin, bass, and accordion to go along with her keyboard. Our style of music at the time consisted of a mixture of Christian contemporary and bluegrass. Little by little, we would get calls from churches and others wanting us to play. This was so important to us because it gave us a reason and a desire to keep practicing. My parents said that if we were invited to play three places in a month then we could get a trailer to haul our equipment in. No more than a month passed by, and we had our trailer. Now all we needed was a group name. One day, our aunt called my mom saying that we should name our group “Red Roots.” We had a few to choose from, but this suited us best. After all, we did have red hair. As we grew older, our eyes and hearts were opened. As teenagers, God revealed to us that being involved in church or in a Christian band would not save us. We felt a need for His forgiveness and His presence in our lives. Even though we had a Christian band before, it became personal from that point on. God put a deep desire in our hearts to serve Him through music. He showed us that all of our circumstances were not coincidental. God had a purpose for us in our lives, and He began to give us a passion for His purpose. Now we truly did have Red Roots, not only on the outside, but also on inside.
During our senior year, we bought our mom tickets to an Isaacs’s concert for her birthday. We noticed, while purchasing the tickets, there was also a talent contest that night. Winning the contest was exciting, but playing with the Isaacs was even more exciting! Later, Ben Isaacs became the producer of our first single. This caught the attention of Rick Schweinsberg and Johnny Sansom, of Daywind Recording Studios, and we were signed to their Red Hen Label. Rick Schweinsberg produced the rest of the songs on our album and currently develops our group. Our mom wasn’t the only one who got a present that night!
The Red Roots CD was finally released on Jan. 24th, 2011. The CD features our first radio single “Red Roots.” Yes. Red Roots is also our group name. Both our group name and song represent the core message and focus of our group that we are rooted in the blood of Christ. His sacrifice on the cross gave our lives meaning and hope. The song “Red Roots” tells a story of a dad and his daughter going on a hunting trip looking for Sassafras trees. They need the red roots of the Sassafras trees to make red tea with. The dad uses the hunting trip to show his daughter how the red roots of the sassafras tree compare to the red roots of Jesus Christ. The song “Red Roots” blends our earlier bluegrass and contemporary styles to form our new Christian Country sound.
Red Roots’ sophomore album, “Middle of Nowhere,” was recently released March 20, 2012. Singles like “Sweet” and “Middle of Nowhere,” co-written by the girls, allow them to express that “life isn’t candy-coated…but sweet with you, Lord” and without Christ, your life is aimless “in the middle of nowhere.” The album, produced by Rick and Micah Schweinsberg, reflects their growth not only as singers and musicians but their spiritual growth in their need for God. Red Roots thanks music fans for their continued support and prayers.

Red Roots

Jeff Stansberry

Jeff Stansberry

Jeff Stansberry

Just signing his first songwriting/publishing deal with Melody Roundup Music in November of 2009 this singer, songwriter and auctioneer known Jeff “Ding” Stansberry writes country, christian and gospel music. Molded by influences from Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Milsap, to The Fairfield Four Quartet, Stansberry has a rather wide vocal range which enables him to sing different styles of music. He has a unique sound in which one can hear the East Tennessee hills and Gospel roots in his interpretation and yet pick up the soul and emotion of the music he loved and embraced growing up. He makes his home with his wife and two sons in the Nashville area.

Jeff Stansberry

Eight Days After

Eight Days After

Eight Days After

Christian Country & Southern Rock

Eight Days After was formed in August 2006 with a vision to reach the audience with songs that are spiritual and positive. We have performed in front of crowds of 5 to 10,000 in attendance. From small congregations to arenas, we have been blessed with opportunities to perform our music and minister.

Mission Statement:
We are a ministry of Christians who are willing vessels for God, choosing to use our gifts and talents to glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We present the gospel in music and by teaching God’s word wherever He opens a door. We believe in the Word of God, accepting only through the blood of Christ you can be saved. We believe that following in the footsteps that Jesus left we can have a closer walk with God, our Heavenly Father.

Eight Days After

Brent Lamb

Brent Lamb

Brent Lamb

HLE Radio Featured Artist

Brent’s life today is a reflection of the basic values he learned as a child. The first of three children, he was born February 22, 1960 in Nashville, TN. “Every Sunday we’d go to church, then go to my grandparent’s house for dinner. We’d sit around and sing,” he recalls. “From an early age I was always intrigued with instruments. Pianos, guitars, banjos, mandolins, but the thing that got me the most was how everyone would be singing their own harmony part, yet they’d weave it all together into this awesome sound. Brent soon taught himself those harmony parts. He played his daddy’s quartet records over and over for hours, picking out the vocal parts by ear. The guitar was another story for Brent. It didn’t come to him nearly as easy. He first picked it up when he was ten. Although he was born left-handed, he tried to play right handed, like the rest of his family, but he couldn’t get it. In frustration, he gave it up. A few years later, a friend came over to Brent’s house with a guitar. When the friend left the guitar at Brent’s, he decided to give it another try. “I picked the guitar up and turned it over, so it looked upside down but felt totally natural in my hands. Before long I taught myself to play that way.”

During high school, Brent started writing songs and other artist began to record them. “When I found out I could write songs for a living and that other people would pay me to record my songs-I got pretty excited,” Brent laughs. Around this time Brent wrote a song called “Army of the Lord ” for the popular Christian group Harvest, which shot to #1. Harvest’s record label heard that Brent not only wrote songs, but sang as well, and offered him a recording deal. That was the first of many of Brent’s songs to be recorded by established artists.

If you ask Brent, his biggest break by far was meeting his future wife and songwriting partner, Laurie, in the early eighties. They met at church and began an intense friendship. “We just became very, very close friends,” Brent says. “I love to fish and she loves to lay in the sun. I’d fish and she’d lay in the sun while we talked about any and everything.” Eventually, they fell in love, and in 1982 he used an unexpected royalty check to buy her an engagement ring. As close as they had become, they also began to write songs together. “We didn’t have any kids. We didn’t have any money. We didn’t have cable, so we’d write songs at night. That was our fun,” In March 1983 they finally married. Laurie held down her job until their twin sons were born in August 1985. They agreed that Laurie would be a stay-at-home mother and that they’d put their financial needs in God’s hands.

In the late eighties Brent signed with Diadem Records and began to sing Christian pop-rock. He recorded several Christian radio hits and performed regularly across the US. However, after his daughter Haley was born in 1989, it was no coincidence that Brent’s musical themes began drifting towards home life and raising a family. In the early nineties Brent began to write more country music. “Being raised in Nashville, around my family singing country and bluegrass, that’s closer to who I really am,” he mused.

In 1994 Brent’s album, Drawing Pictures, was released. It produced three big #1 singles. More than ever before he was beginning to make a name for himself in the Contemporary Christian genre. However, in 1995 Word Records, a leading Christian label, announced the launch of Word Nashville, a new secular Country division and targeted Brent as their first artist. After two years of trying to break into the mainstream country scene, Brent asked to be let go from Word in order to pursue a new direction.

Fortunately, soon after, Brent signed with InSync Christian Music. Now Brent would have all the creative freedom he was missing. “I wasn’t interested in going back to one of the major labels. I wasn’t interested in Grammy or Dove awards. I just wanted to make the music I loved, and continue ministering to families.” Soon after, Brent started a partnership and opened Playground Recording Studio, in Nashville. Soon Brent would find himself not only recording his own projects, but also producing other artists there. In December of 1999, Brent was asked to be the new lead singer for the Grammy award winning country group Shenandoah. Brent had long been a fan of the group and after meeting the guys; it was a perfect match for everyone. The group quickly recorded an album with their new vocalist in the spring of 2000, aptly naming it Shenandoah 2000. It featured two songs penned by Brent, including the album’s first single and video, “What Children Believe” which shot to #1 on GAC.

Brent continued touring with Shenandoah until 2003. Currently, Brent stills travels around 12 weekends a year performing concerts, speaking at men’s events, as well as couples events with his wife Laurie. Brent is now general manager of Inprov Management Group representing artists and speakers which include Kari Jobe and illusionist Jim Munroe. Inprov Management Group is located in Southlake, TX.

Brent Lamb

from www.brentlamb.com

 

Marlon Sharp: Cowboys at the Cross

Marlon Sharp

Marlon Sharp, HLE Featured Artist

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MARLON SHARP
Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
Marlon Sharp was born in 1973 in Texarkana, Texas. He started singing when he was ten years old and picked up the guitar at age twelve. Marlon started this group in 2010 and it has become his full time ministry for God. He plays with Burt Joyner, Mike Eaton, Trevor Bohannon, Willie Glover and Tommy Cleghorn. Marlon is also a songwriter and has written or co-written many of the songs on his first CD, ‘That’s Where I Stand’.Marlon currently resides in Lockesburg, Arkansas with his wife, Kristy, and four children, Sarah, Kaylee, Trent and Garrett. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and song writing. Marlon’s most profound accomplishment is when he surrendered to the Lord and began singing for Jesus in 1998.
BURT JOYNER
Drums
Burt Joyner was born in 1959 in Texarkana, Arkansas. His love for the drums started when he saw Ringo play with The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Burt started playing the drums at six years old and played his first professional gig at age twelve. Burt has been blessed to share the stage with many great musicians over the past 40 years. Currently,he is the drummer for Circle J Cowboy Church in Texarkana, Ar as well as Marlon Sharp & Cowboys at the Cross.Burt currently resides in Texarkana, Texas with his best friend and wife, Sandra. He has a daughter, Lisa, and four grandchildren, Krista, Caylyn, Christian and Tay. In his spare time he enjoys camping and spending time with his family.
MIKE EATON
Harmonica
Mike Eaton was born in 1954 in Fouke, Arkansas. His Dad gave him a harmonica when he was twelve years old. Mike was surrounded by music from an early age. His grandfather, Reverend Frank Eaton, played the guitar and dobro and his uncle, Will Eaton, played the fiddle.Mike currently resides in Texarkana, Texas with his wife, Kathie. They have two children, Michelle and Josh, and three grandchildren, Summer, CJ and Sunnilin. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and playing music in his spare time. Mike believes that God gave him the talent to play and Jesus to pay for our sins.
TREVOR BOHANNON
Keys / Vocals
Trevor Boahannon was born in 1969 in Patuxent River, Maryland and started playing the keyboard at age 10. Trevor has played with The Cox Family from Cotton Valley, LA and a few great ArkLaTex musicians to include Marlon Sharp, Burt Joyner, Mike Eaton, Tommy Cleghorn and Willie Glover. Trevor is also a song writer and co-wrote the song, Cowboy Church, which is on Marlon Sharp’s first CD, ‘That’s Where I Stand’.Trevor currently resides with his wife of eight years, Celia, and their four children, J.T., Emily, Hailey and Jolie. He enjoys spending time with his family, brothers and cousins and writing songs in his spare time. His favorite scripture verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righeousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
TOMMY CLEGHORN
Bass
Tommy Cleghorn was born in 1966 in Fort Worth, Texas. Tommy started playing the bass guitar and acoustic guitar at age 12 and joined Marlon Sharp and Cowboys at the Cross recently.Tommy currently lives in Foreman, Arkansas with his wife of 19 years, Lynnell. They have three sons, one daughter, one daughter in law and three beautiful granddaughters. Tommy loves to camp, hike and work around his place during his spare time. His biggest accomplishment, musically and personally, was when he totally surrendered his life and his talents to the Glory of God for use and furthering of His Kingdom.
WILLIE GLOVER
Lead Guitar / Vocals
Coming Soon…
From www.MarlonSharp.com

Marlon Sharp: Cowboys at the Cross

Marla Ratliff

Marla Ratliff, Featured Artist on HLE Radio

Marla Ratliff, Featured Artist on HLE Radio

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Marla was raised on God and music, so it’s no surprise that she chooses to dedicate her pure, country voice to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her “countrified-gospel” music style flows honestly from her soul, warming the hearts of her audiences. In 2006, Marla made her debut as a recording artist with the release of her first CD, Heaven’s Got A Well, followed by her 2nd CD, He Knew Me in 2008. The title cuts from these projects each reached into the Top 10 on US Country-Gospel charts, and We’re Not There Yet from her He Knew Me project went to #1 in the United Kingdom. Marla is currently working with Nashville producer, Gordon Mote, on her third CD to be released later this year.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Marla’s ministry roots began long before she was born with her great, great, great grandfather, Rev. Amory Nelson Chamberlain. In the 1800s he served as a missionary to the Cherokee Indians in Brainard Mission, TN (now known as Chattanooga). He was the first to translate the Bible and hymns into Cherokee, and he led their tribes through dangerous and difficult times – even having to cut off his own frozen feet without anesthetic medicine and doctors. In spite of the overpowering obstacles he faced, he never allowed circumstances to discourage or stop his work for the Lord. Being a man of great faith, he diligently persisted to move forward with God’s call on his life. He had no way of knowing the positive effect his legacy would have years later when Marla read about him in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 12, Number 1 (written by Lon H. Eakes).

Marla’s musical roots go as far back as she can remember, beginning with her grandmother’s family and their passion for music. They had a natural ability for singing and playing instruments, and that’s how they passed time back then. They sang beautiful harmonies together, and played guitar, piano, and organ. Marla’s great aunt and uncle also had a Sunday afternoon radio program in Ponka City, Oklahoma in the 1940’s titled, Turn Your Radio On.

Marla was born the third of six children. Her mother could sing beautifully, but chose to devote her time to her family. She recognized Marla’s God-given talent and encouraged her to develop it. She made sure Marla got to attend all the Gospel singings that came to town, and when Marla learned the songs and wanted to perform her own “concert” in the family’s living room, her mom was her biggest fan.
Marla’s dad was a truck driver who also loved music. When he was home, Marla remembers how he tuned his radio into artists like Loretta

Lynn, Conway Twitty, and Mother Maybelle Carter. He loved that old style of picking, and it influenced Marla.
Marla began singing in public when she signed up for Chorus and Girls’ Ensemble in Jr. High School. After High School she joined a Gospel group that toured the local area, singing everywhere from prisons to churches. After that, she became a regular at a local Opry show. The experience Marla gained from singing different parts and styles of music in a variety of venues was invaluable to her development as an artist.

Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God . . .

Marla’s heritage of ministry and music was always inside her, but it took years of challenging circumstances to see how they would both fit into God’s plan for her life. As was true for the children of Israel in the Bible, Marla had to spend some time in the wilderness. It was there in those dark, troubled times that God prepared Marla for the call he had placed on her life. It was there that Marla learned to be still – to trust and rely on God – and let God do his transforming work.

Today, Marla is using her music to point people to Jesus Christ, and just like her great, great, great grandfather, she is determined to diligently persist and move forward – one step at a time – no matter what! When she is not singing, Marla enjoys the simple things in life – spending time with family, working in the yard, riding horses, taking walks, or having coffee with friends.

Jayc Harold

Jayc Harold HLE Featured Artist

“Jayc is an exceptional songwriter with a voice drenched in passion. He is an incredible lead guitar player with a voice and style reminiscent of Buck Owens and Keith Whitley. His voice and talent could carry him easily in the secular market, but he chooses a narrow path with a higher calling! If you love good Country music, Jayc Harold will show up and deliver,” says good friend and fellow artist, Greg McDougal. .. .. NextNumberOne Music Group President Patricia Smith says, “Jayc is an experienced performer who has proven himself on the road in front of large audiences including; Country music fans, Christian Country and Americana. His unique vocals and style command the stage. Comments from diverse music fans have proved to be enthusiastic, a dynamic powerful testament to Jayc’s ability to please an audience no matter the genre. While there are times one gets lost in his tall good looks, one quickly finds their way back into the passion of his unique style and the stage presence he exudes.”

Jayc has seen his share of hard times. When he was 10 years old, his older brother passed away and left the family in turmoil. Tragically, a year later, his older sister passed away. This turned his father to the bottle, only adding to the family’s grief. As the eldest son, Jayc began working 40 hours a week in the family’s automotive shop while going to school full time. .. .. Married at the age of 20, Jayc had built a very successful roofing company. Jayc started drifting away from his faith thinking money would help him fill the hole in his soul left by the tremendous amount of grief he had experienced in his short life. By the age of 25, he opened an automotive shop and later turned it into a used car dealership. Although his endeavors turned out very successful, buying things did not fill the void in his soul.

When they were expecting their third child, his mother had been diagnosed with cancer which would turn out to be fatal. The day before she passed away, she spoke some words to his father that he will never forget. She said, “If only our boys would do what they were put on this earth to do.” The first thing that entered his mind was, “How did she know I had those exact same feelings, but have kept them to myself? Her words inspired him to change his career and make a total commitment to do what he believes the Lord put him here to do. Financially set, wife and family, he had it all. Still, the hole in his soul was never filled, and kept getting bigger every day. .. .. Then, one day, while listening to a Gospel tape by Buck Owens, Jayc gave it all over to Christ. He started writing Gospel songs again. He bought a Greyhound bus, and spent a year rebuilding and remodeling it for a tour bus. A short time later, he sold the family home, and the car dealership and moved into the bus. With his family by his side, he drove to Nashville to do what he loves to do for the Lord, Honky Tonk Gospel. While pain is real on this earth, if we turn to Jesus, he will comfort us through these times with a love only He can fill.