Who is @CowboyMinistry
Posted by Chris Goforth
Today you get to meet Kevin Weatherby. A husband, father and an authentic modern-day Cowboy. Kevin has a fire burning deep within him to impact the world. He has recently published a book specifically designed for other Cowboys and Cowgirls. The wording is in a different format, but the truth stays the same. Not that it was planned, but today is also he and his wife’s anniversary. Happy Anniversary to you both. To find about more about this guy, read on…
Tell us about your family, who are they and where you call home?
I am married to Christie Weatherby and we have two kids: Daughter-Reilly (14 yrs) Son-Griffin (9 yrs). My wife grew up everywhere as a minister’s daughter and my kids have spent their lives in Coyanosa, Texas until moving to Kiowa, Colorado with our family in March of 2011.
How long have you been married?
Married for 8 years (today is their anniversary)
What is the one thing you love most about your Christine?
What would she say is the thing they love most about you?
Knowing who I am and what God wants me to do.
What has been the key/success to your marriage?
Love no matter what and know when to bring her chocolate.
What is one of your favorite things about being a parent?
I love it when the kids come to me with a question that they’ve never asked anyone else.
What is your current job/ what do you get paid to do?
I am the Safety Coordinator for Permian Pump and Supply, Inventory Manager for McCarty Equipment, and CEO and Executive Director of Save the Cowboy as well as Pastor of our local Cowboy Church Gathering…..whew!!
What are some other jobs you’ve had? What was your very first job? What lessons did you learn from it?
I’ve worked in the Prison System as a guard and worked as a ranch cowboy in West Texas and South Texas. Being a cowboy was my first job and these jobs paved the way for my cowboy ministry today.
I learned that life is hard…but worth it. I learned that you have to get back on when you get bucked off.
I learned that you can’t drown in your own sweat. Of all the jobs you’ve had, which job have you enjoyed the most. Probably being a cowboy.
What do you do to relax?
I like to read, but I am a worker. I like to build stuff with my hands in order to close the door on all the responsibilities and chaos that life brings.
What hobbies/interests do you enjoy?
I like to play video games with my kids, work cattle, read, blog, and anything else “cowboy”.
What music/songs are you shuffling around on your playlists?
I like old Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson.
What books are on your nightstand?
Right now it’s The Last Jihad
How are you connected or involved in your community?
We are right on the edge of what I call “big ranch” country. We are active in the local Livestock Association and other organizations where we can get to know folks in the Western Culture.
What things are you most passionate about?
Reaching cowboy and cowgirls with the Gospel message.
Not to put you in a box, but what words would define you as a person?
Why did you get into blogging? What is the response from folks when you share with them you are a blogger?
I used to email a cowboy devotional every morning to many in the congregation. When more people than you can email started wanting on the list, a friend showed me how to blog.
The cowboys and cowgirls that I try to reach will read what I write, but it’s hard to impress them and they don’t say much…even if you’ve published a book.
When it comes to social media, what is your purpose for using it? What are the positives and negatives you have found using it?
I use social media to spread the Gospel with original quotes, funny sayings, pictures, and articles.
The only negative is that it’s hard to form relationships that have meaning. People will “like” and retweet, but it’s not the same as sitting down and sharing a meal or holding someone’s hand that is hurting.
What do you find humorous?
When someone falls down (without getting seriously hurt of course).
Who in history do you admire the most?
I would probably have to say the Apostle Paul with Peter comin’ in a close second.
What is something that moves you to tears?
Raw emotion, or might I say, real emotion in whatever form it takes. The look of a newborn’s mother as she looks at her child for the first time. Pain when it cries out. Even the sound of true laughter can sometimes move me….I’m kind of a sappy cowboy.
Do you feel like you are living out your calling?
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
A man that fails every day, but gets back on. Sometimes I don’t try my hardest, but I am willing to go anywhere and do anything to reach cowboys and cowgirls.
How has God transformed you the most?
I used to put myself first and foremost in every situation. My world revolved around me. Now, I have to think real hard about what I want when someone asks because I could really care less what I want.
In your opinion what defines a real man?
The definition of a real man is: (C)ourage..(H)onesty..(R)espect..(I)ntergrity..(S)trength..(T)ruth which put together spells CHRIST.
Who helped to shape your ideas and opinions in this? Did your Dad or other key men play a key role in helping shape your identity as a man?
What do you believe your kids have seen lived out most in you?
They have seen me preach the Gospel unashamedly as well as apologize when I mess up. They’ve seen my willingness to give up everything for God.
When you think of yourself as an elderly man, what do you see, what kind of man do you hope to become?
I don’t care about success or accolades. I just want someone one day to say, “He was willing to try.” That refers to being the man God wants me to be.
Name two things on your bucket list?
I’d like to go to Israel and see my grandchildren ride a horse by themselves.
In the end when your life is over, what do you hope to be remembered for?
He had try.
Anything else you want to share or let people know?
Find what God wants you to do and do it with everything you’ve got.
Check out Kevin’s Website Campfire Cowboy Ministries here - www.campfirecowboyministries.com