Brad Morgan has been the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales for just over a year. Among the different services he conducts at the 18th Street place of worship is “Cowboy Church” every Tuesday night. Morgan, 37, previously served in various capacities at Bethel Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist churches in Portales.
Are there real cowboys at your Cowboy Church services?
A few. It’s real informal. Usually, we have a couple of guitars come up and just do some country-and-western style worship, have a 20-25 minute message and then fellowship afterward.
What’s the most challenging part of preaching the word every week?
Well, just staying relevant to the people and their needs on a weekly basis. I can always preach where I’m at, but that’s not necessarily where they’re at.
What’s the demographic of your congregation?
We are probably at a higher percentage of older members, which is pretty common I think for most churches in this area, although we do have some young families. I have five members that have been here for over 60 years and they pretty much can let you know whether you’re doing it right or not.
Do you have a favorite Bible story?
You know, that’s probably going to change depending on the stage of life, but right now, probably Peter when he walked on the water.
Is there a movie that you can watch over and over and over?
John Wayne in “The Cowboys.” That’s one I’ve watched a dozen times and could watch a dozen more without getting tired of it.
If you were forced to leave Portales and move anywhere else, where would you go?
Colorado – I’d head to the mountains. Probably around South Fork and that area. It’s right over the southern border.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas or Easter. It’s got to be one of those two.
You grew up in Portales. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Grandmother’s house. She lived in Bethel actually. Her and my grandfather had a ranch and he passed away when I was five. Since she had a working ranch, at 10 or 11 years old, I actually got to work. It was good.
— Compiled by Eric Butler