By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006
A Rodeo Revival, scheduled for October at the Claremore Expo, is being sponsored by the Rogers Baptist Association. From left are: Dr. Randy C. Childers, executive director; Terrell Romberg, Faith Baptist Church pastor; George “Marty” Brock III, World champion roper and cowboy evangelist who will be speaking during the three-night event.
Rodeo fans are in for a treat when world champion cowboys and cowgirls ride into the Claremore Expo Center October 6-8 for the largest non-sanctioned rodeo in Oklahoma this year. What’s more, admission is free.
Sponsored by the Rogers Baptist Association, the rodeo revival will not only feature world-class rodeo events but also world champion roper George “Marty” Brock who will speak nightly. Brock is a well-known Oklahoma cowboy evangelist who preaches where God leads.
Brock was first called into the ministry at Falls Creek Baptist in July 1977 while serving as Youth Minister of the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Since that time, he has pastored in three Oklahoma Southern Baptist Churches. Brock became a fulltime evangelist in 1995.
Along with Brock, gospel singer Susie Luchsinger will be performing nightly. Luchsinger is the sister of popular country singer, Reba McEntire. Luchsinger grew up on a ranch in a small town in Oklahoma. As a teenager, she sang with her siblings, Reba and Pake, as the “Singing McEntires.”
After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1980, Luchsinger returned to singing with her superstar sister. In addition to performing concerts in front of sold-out crowds, they made television appearances on several programs including “The Johnny Carson Show,” “Hee Haw,” and “The Grand Ole Opry.”
Luchsinger began her country gospel ministry career in 1981. Since then, she has won several awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year by the CCMA.
Six exciting rodeo events are scheduled for the three-day revival. Bareback riders, calf ropers, steer wrestlers, team ropers, barrel racers and bull riders will be competing for some of the largest purses. The contestant entry fee is $100 per person. Another $2,000 has been added to each competition to sweeten the purse, according to Faith Baptist Church Pastor, Terrell Romberg.
“We are expecting a great turnout,” says Pastor Romberg. “This is the largest purse for a non-sanctioned rodeo in Oklahoma.”
Activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. on October 6 with slack for each competition continuing through Friday night and into Saturday morning. Entry for the rodeo is set for Monday, October 2, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Contact Rhonda Teague at (918) 458-0030.
Special activities are set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and are geared specifically for kids. Games and entertainment are planned along with free food.
“Inflatable games and hot dogs and hamburgers will be a part of the kids’ activities,” says Pastor Romberg.
The Rogers Baptist Association is comprised of 25 area Baptist churches, according to Pastor Romberg. However, other denominations in and out of Rogers County are contributing to the Rodeo Revival.
“We’ve also had several cowboy churches in the area who have gotten involved,” he adds.
“We wanted to reach the community in a unique and different way,” says Pastor Romberg, who is working with the Rogers Baptist Association and Marty Brock to bring the Roundup for Jesus to Claremore.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.