About Us


Dr. R. Shawn Edwards, Association Mission Strategist

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Dr.  Shawn Edwards has come back to his beginnings in his service here, being born in Hardin County, though he spent most of his growing up years in Glasgow. At the age of eight, after witnessing his cousin’s baptism, he realized his need for Christ. In November 1967, he gave his heart and life to Christ. God called him into full-time Christian service years later while at WKU.  He continued his education by getting his Masters of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. 

During his ministry, Shawn has served as a full-time pastor in churches in Martinsburg, West Virginia; Franklin, North Carolina; and Hebron and Vine Grove, Kentucky.  He is excited about serving in the association. 

Shawn has been married to his college sweetheart, Vivian, for over thirty years.  They have two children, Cameron and Katelyn.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, U.K. basketball, and watching old movies. 




Tanner Royalty - 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



Angela Rife, Ministry Assistant

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Angela Rife was born in Wellington, KS.  Angela was saved and baptized at the age of 15 while attending a youth group in Wichita, KS with a group of her friends. 


Angela married her husband, Brian, 32 years ago.  They have 3 sons and they adopted their daughter from China in 2006. They travelled to China with their 3 sons to bring her home. 


Angela and her husband Brian are foster parents in Hardin County and have had over 15 children in their home in the last 2 years.  Five of the children have been baptized while living with them.    


Angela is a member of Rineyville Baptist Church in Rineyville, KY where she serves as the administrative assistant and treasurer.