TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas Cowboy ministers to fellow cowboys and cowgirls in a church that used to be the biggest Honky Tonk in Trinity. He's celebrating the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Since 1965 the cowboy has been making his mark by competing in steer wrestling , saddle bronc riding, bull riding, you name it.
"My whole life was about being a Cowboy and rodeo," said Ron Conatser, Pastor of Risin' Sun Cowboy Church.
After decades of raising his closely-knit family on the rodeo circuits, he roped in a huge honor.
"I was inducted into the Texas Cowboy and Rodeo Hall of Fame," Conatser said.
He was deemed a trailblazer. "I was natural at it, and it was something I was supposed to do," Conatser said.
His memorabilia and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Inductee plaque hangs in a sacred place.
"This building was built in 1970. It was built as a big Honky Tonk," Conatser said.
It was one of the most popular in Trinity, until Ron turned the dance floor into a praise ground for cowboys and girls.
"The most important thing I've done in all my life is accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior," Conatser said.
The trailblazing Hall of Famer is the minister of what is now the Risin' Sun Cowboy Church. He says he owes his success to living by the word.
"I feel like I'm really blessed, and I've learned to put the Lord first. I've learned to live by faith and do whatever he wants me to do," Conatser said.
Brother Ron's congregation is proud of his honor. He is a man of faith and a cowboy at heart.
"When you work hard all your life and do whatever you know how to do, you don't think about things like that. When it comes along, it's really humbling and it's really an honor," Conatser said.
Brother Ron hasn't hung up his Cowboy boots. He works the rodeo in Trinity. This October will make the 22nd year.