Cowboy church opens at museum

Star Staff Writer

Pastor Joe Dauben and his wife, Angie, recently moved to Miles City and are opening the Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church of Miles City. Services will begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and will continue every Tuesday at that time in the Range Riders Museum’s Pioneer Memorial Hall.

“Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church of Miles City is a non-denominational fellowship gladly welcoming anyone who wants to worship with us,” said Dauben. “You don’t have to be a cowboy to attend cowboy church. Members come from every background and walk of life.”

Dauben and his wife were born in Fort Scott, Kansas. He joined the United States Army on his 17th birthday and spent 31 years as a combat engineer.

In July 2010, Dauben retired from the Army and he and his wife moved to Texas. They were members of the Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church of Buchanan Dam, Texas, and he is an ordained pastor through the church. Dauben added that he and his wife have four adult children and four grandchildren scattered around the country.

“Our church sent a team to Miles City in September 2017 to assist ranchers after the wildfires,” said Dauben. He and his wife were members of that team. The team was in the Miles City area for a week and assisted Preston and Sheri Willson and their neighbor, Brent Clark.

“While we were here we rebuilt fences and built gates and entrances for those two ranches,” said Dauben. “During that time, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit to start a cowboy church in Miles City.”

The couple arrived back in Miles City on Monday, Jan. 8, and moved into an apartment.

“We contacted Bunny and Gary Miller at the Range Riders Museum about utilizing the Pioneer Memorial Hall for church services,” said Dauben. “It was approved to use the hall for services by the Range Riders Board and the first service will be Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. After that services will be every Tuesday night at 6:30.”

More information about the church and its services is available by calling 406-851-8131.

Dauben added, “If you would rather wear jeans than dress up, if you enjoy country or bluegrass gospel music, if you like rubbing elbows with plain, down-to-Earth people and if you want clear, simple sermons you can understand, you will love cowboy church.”
(Contact Denise Hartse at or 406-234-0450.)