‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Opened Up About Her Faith After Not Visiting One Special Church in Two Years

by Emily Morgan

Ree Drummond may be known for her Food Network show, but she’s also heavily involved in her faith. 

Earlier this month, while in Colorado, the Pioneer Woman shared a picture of the Vail Interfaith Chapel with a heartwarming story about her ties to the church. In the caption, Ree Drummond explained she hadn’t visited that church since December 2019. One morning while visiting, she decided to go to the early morning Episcopal service.

“I chose it because I’d been wide awake since five am, and because I grew up in the Episcopal church and the liturgy is forever written on my heart,” the 52-year-old wrote. “There’s just something about reciting the exact same prayers I memorized as a child; I still know every word.”

“Anyway, as I walked into the sanctuary this morning, I could feel the inevitable lump start to form in my throat…then my nose started stinging,” she wrote alongside a crying laughing emoji. “I’ve written before about my curious tendency to shed (quiet) tears anytime I’m inside this place—sometimes one or two, sometimes more—but usually I wait until the service actually begins to let ’em fly. I guess I’ve been extra hungry for this place.”

Faith: The Driving Force Behind Ree Drummond’s Life

Ree Drummond has never shied away from being open about her faith. In 2018, she revealed that she and her husband Ladd considered their faith as the driving factor behind everything in their lives, including their business endeavors and their work in their community. 

“We’re Bible-reading folks, and we love that verse that says, ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,'” she told People at the time. 

“We’re very mindful of storing up our treasures in heaven rather than on earth. We don’t want to bury them in the backyard and sit on them. It’s exciting to use whatever success we’ve achieved to do things that aren’t just about us.”

The mom of four and her family have been visiting Colorado for years and have loved attending church services at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. In 2016, Ree Drummond shared more about her faith and her love for that specific place of worship. 

“The mountains are my church, but this is my church in the mountains,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “They have different forms of worship here, and I have attended Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian services on various trips with my family through the years.”

Ree Drummond added that she woke up at 4:30 a.m. and attended an Episcopalian service.

“I wiped three or four tears from my cheek during the hour-long service, not in an ugly cry kind of way, but out of gratitude,” she wrote. “I consider my faith, which has stayed close to me through the many ages and stages of my life, to be a gift…one I hope I never take for granted.”