Passion as wide as Alberta sky
by Cindy Stephen
With his handlebar moustache and discus size belt buckle, Bryn Thiessen would fit right in as an extra in a John Wayne movie. But don’t let the 40-gallon hat fool you – Thiessen is the real deal.
Thiessen, father of three teenagers, raises commercial cattle and ranch horses at the 2,500 acre Helmer Creek Ranch south west of Sundre with his wife, who raises Border Collie dogs.
His Mennonite parents live downstream at Gamble Flats. But Thiessen is more widely known as a cowboy poet, philosopher and pastor of the widely attended Cowboy Trail Church, in Cochrane just over an hour away from his home.
He appears a bit eccentric with a slow, quiet manner and a wry sense of humor, but he’s chock full of no-nonsense theology and exudes a passion for God as wide as the Alberta sky.
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