Professional bull rider Josiah Carpenter’s dream is to minister on the rodeo circuit as a bull riding Chaplain.
Bull Riding Chaplain
Hello everyone! My name is Josiah Carpenter from New Ulm, Minnesota and I feel called to be a bull riding Chaplain. I am 28 years old and was adopted from Belize Central America when I was a newborn. I grew up on a small farm all my life with 4 sisters and 2 other brothers and mom and dad. I was raised in a Christian home and was homeschooled most of my life because my family had a traveling music group called the “Carpenter Family.” We traveled all over the U.S. performing at churches, RV resorts and much more. I grew up on the road with my family in a big bus. By the time I was 13 we had stopped doing music on the road and all my older siblings moved on and got married. My two younger brothers, my sister and I stayed home with mom and dad on the farm.
As I was growing up, I took on a different journey and became a bull rider in rodeos and started traveling all over the U.S., going from rodeo to rodeo. I am now a professional bull rider and spend a lot of time on the road with guys who do the same thing as I do but they have different backgrounds. As I have gotten older, I have seen my faith grow in my relationship with Christ. I have the desire to encourage and help other cowboys see there is a God who loves them and wants a relationship with them as well. I have always felt a calling to minister to people and share how awesome a God I have. But with bull riding it’s a hit or miss kind of lifestyle if you’re going to make any money to pay the bill’s, so you must always try to ride your bulls if you are going to make any money. I love the sport so much I have had a hard time getting myself to take any schooling because of cost or time as I am always on the road. But when I searched the internet and found Christian Leaders Institute, I knew it was meant to be! I want to be a Chaplain and work with athletes and I feel as though my prayers have been answered to get the training I need! I am super thankful to God for putting you guys in my life and I am excited to start my journey with CLI. Thank you and God bless.
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