Our Leaders

Pastor Harvey Gates

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Harvey Gates accepted Christ as his Savior in a revival service on March 17, 1991. Since that time, God has had his hand on his life.

Pastor Harvey has served as Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor at Hull’s Grove Baptist Church-West, planting of Cross Creek Cowboy Church, site Pastor of New Life Baptist Church, & site Pastor of Hull’s Grove Baptist Church-North Campus. God then called him to plant Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church in Lincolnton, NC. The church was started in a small barn and then relocated to The Ponderosa, property owned by Lincoln County Horsemen’s Association. Pastor Harvey has been the Pastor of Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church since it’s birth in January 2010.

John Helms

Lay Pastor

John was saved as a young boy at Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton, N.C.

There, while heavily involved in the youth group and growing in his relationship with Christ, John discovered his passion for music. He has enjoyed sharing the gospel through playing his guitar and singing ever since.

John and his wife, Megan, are committed to serve Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church and each member in any way possible.

Our Elders


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