Brownwood Bulletin newspaper article — 2008

Cowboy Camp Meeting prepares for 42nd year near Santa Anna

Posted May 12, 2008

SANTA ANNA — More than four decades after its start, and 20 years after the death its founder, the Little George Havens Cowboy Camp Meeting will return to the Flying H Acres between Santa Anna and Coleman for its 42nd season of Old West worship and fellowship.

The meeting will be sponsored by Lucy Havens and the Texas Fellowship of Cowboy Churches from June 20 to 29.

An Hispanic camp will follow from July 2 to 6.

George Havens was a Hollywood stunt man and actor who appeared in approximately 100 movies before his conversion to Christianity in 1950. He became a full-time evangelist, and the cowboy camp was a way he was able to combine his love for cowboy culture and his ministry. He died in 1988, but his widow continued to sponsor the camp meetings. This year, TFCC Coordinator Ron Nolen will direct the camp.

“George wanted our camp meeting to be like those of yesteryear when the pioneers here in Central Texas would come with all the family and even bring their stock barbecue and other vittles for meals,” Lucy Havens said. “George wanted everything to be authentic to this Western culture and legacy, although we did build bathhouses and toilets as well as several cabins available for use.”

Camp participants also come with RVs, tents and campers, or stay in tent dormitories and sleeping wagons available as well as nearby motels.

A trail ride organized by the Mills County Cowboy Church will open the camp. It will begin in Goldthwaite on June 16 and spend subsequent nights at Mullin, Zephyr, Brownwood and Bangs before arriving at the camp site north of Santa Anna around 2 p.m. June 20. Trail ride information is available by calling (deleted information).

Daily activities are planned for youth and children, and revival tent gatherings are set for 7:30 p.m. daily with special music and guest preachers.

Each evening will end with music and storytelling around the campfire.

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