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96-year-old gets baptized at Cowboy church

It’s never too late for salvation, reports Debbie Denmon for Dallas-Fort Worth’s KFAA-TV — and 96-year-old Bert Devers is living proof. After almost a century of refusing to go to church, he’s found a home at the Dallas County Cowboy Church.

Given their Baptist background, after Devers reconciled with the Almighty, it was time to follow Jesus’ example in baptism. And at the Cowboy Church, they dunk. Full immersion — in a cattle tank.



“It’s never too late,” reports Denmon. “That’s what one family is saying after their 96-year-old father did something they never thought he’d do.”

They credit the Western-styled church in Balch Springs for helping Devers realize he needed to repent of his sins, confess his faith and become a Christian. What’s remarkable, says Denmon, is that Devers “never really wanted to go to church at all — until he saw folks worshiping ‘Western-style.'”

It's a boot-stomping good time at Cowboy Church


Christians have a boot-stomping good time at the Cowboy Church, says Pastor Mike McKinney, who wears boots, jeans and a string tie to preach the Gospel in a distinctive Texas drawl. “Being baptized don’t save you,” he told his congregation on the morning that Bert was set to be baptized. “It’s just water — and on top of that, it’s Balch Springs water!”

Nope, he explains, salvation is a gift from God, freely offered to all. That’s the message Devers started taking personally after visiting the congregation. His son, Gary Devers, told KFAA he sensed something was up when his dad suddenly took an interest in life. “He tells me, ‘When I show up at the Cowboy Church with my straw hat, everybody there’s gonna think there’s a new sheriff in town!'”


“A man who just survived congestive heart failure now has a healed heart — for more than one reason,” reports Denmon. “Despite two broken hips, this 96-year-old is now walking in faith, something he’d never done his whole life.

“It’s very exciting today because we’ve prayed many years for this to happen,” his tearful daughter Sandra Devers told KFAA.

“Before he became a Christian, he had lost his will to live,” Gary Devers added. Now, he has “told one of my neighbors now he wants to make it to 100, and I think that will happen now.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LaloGarcia

    This is just awesome! I just finished giving baptism classes at my church and my daughter was one of my disciples. Full immersion is the Biblical way and I’m glad to see that this form is still being practiced. To God be the glory! God bless you, Bert Devers!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary

    This just confirms NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ABSOLUTELY NOTHING this gives me hope to continue praying for my love ones who are out of the will of God right now .I know they are coming.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA


  • http://no Pastor M. Sattiraju

    Greetings to you from our Heavenly father and soon coming savior Jesus Christ! I am pleased to introduce my self Pastor M.Sattiraju, serving the Lord for the last 9 years in the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh state {South India}. God made a miracle in my life when I came to see your website; I was encouraged to note the activities of your ministry that touched my heart greatly. Ours is an independent ministry serving the lord with utmost faith only.
    We have been serving in tribal areas with my co-pastors. Those who are living in that area we providing their needs according to James 1:27 and providing food, clothing, education and all accommodation at free of cost. Part of our work me and elders, church members, distribute pamphlets, bible material, pray for the sick and needy and conduct rural village Gospel meetings, win their souls and leading them to the kingdom of God.
    On my behalf, church elders, and saints, I invite you to visit India in the year 2011 to minister with us as we are much interested to see you in person, to have you in our midst to proclaim the Good news of Jesus to win many a perishing souls in this end time and request you to join in prayer with us.
    Yours in Christ, Pastor M. Sattiraju

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Guess at 96 one needs to cover all their bases!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gloria Enstrom-Marlow

    I am so thankful for his salvation. What a merciful GOD to allow him to come to a realization for his need of CHRIST at that age.

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