Severns Valley Association of Baptists
500 College Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42702
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
(Matthew 28:19-20 NNAS)
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Director of Missions:
Dr. R. Shawn Edwards
I am looking forward to serving God with you all for I have roots here. I was born in Hardin
Memorial Hospital and I spent the first six years of my life in Valley Station. After a brief stay in
Orlando, Florida my family settled in Glasgow, Kentucky.
I became a Christian shortly before my ninth birthday. In fact, it was November 1967. I had
observed my cousin being baptized at a creek in Barren County, Kentucky. As I watched his
baptism, I sensed the Holy Spirit dealing with my heart at that baptismal service. I began to ask
my parents, my Sunday School teacher, and others about becoming a Christian. The pastor of
the church we attended in Taylor County, Kentucky, Brother Arnold Moon, visited our home and
talked with me about becoming a Christian. I was baptized on a Sunday night. I was surprised
to reconnect by phone with this pastor in this area!
God led me to earn my Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing at Western Kentucky University
in Bowling Green. While attending WKU, God led me to surrender to the ministry at the age of
twenty-two. Upon graduation from Western, I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
and earned my Masters of Divinity Degree in Evangelism.
While serving as a pastor, God led me to pursue my Doctor of Ministry Degree. In 2002, I
received this Doctor of Ministry Degree from Luther Rice.
I have had the privilege of serving our Lord as a pastor in West Virginia, North Carolina, and
now Kentucky. On June 5, I look forward to serving as your Director of Missions!!
Your Servant in Christ,
R. Shawn Edwards
Paula was born in New Orleans, LA and lived in LA until she was 14. At which time
she moved to Radcliff, KY. She married her high school sweetheart, Larry Basham,
on January 14, 1975 and they have two children and three grandchildren. Her
education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with the focus on accounting, from
Baptist Campus Minister:
Tanner Royalty is 25 years old. He received Master of Arts in Worship Leadership at the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is a graduate from Campbellsville
University with a double major in Communications/ Public Relations and English. He serves
full-time at New Hope Community Church in Elizabethtown.
Tanner has a passion for discipleship and other than leading worship on a regular basis he enjoys
writing content and running a blog to provide useful worship and church resources for other
young pastors like himself. You can check out and read his weekly blog here: tannerroyalty.com
Mailing Address: 500 College Street Rd., Elizabethtown, KY 42702
Office Phone: (270) 765-4023
Office located in the Ministry Center at 500 College Street Road, ELizabethtown, KY
Office hours: Monday-Thursday / 8:00 AM-2 PM