Because of founder Ed Shipman, Happy Hill Farm exists to give children an opportunity to realize their dreams.

We equip them with the tools they need to become the men and women of God they were created to be, escaping underprivileged situations in which their potential is not realized … giving each one a bright future!

To celebrate all of these changed lives … and those still to come, take a moment to share your favorite memory of Ed Shipman and Happy Hill Farm.

Maybe you spent time at Happy Hill Farm, and you can share a favorite story. Or maybe you’ve supported Happy Hill Farm over the years, and you had a memorable conversation with Ed.

We’d love to hear from you! Please take a moment to write your tribute below.

My tribute to honor Ed Shipman


My happiest childhood memories are here at Happy Hill Farm. I remember riding horses in the grassy fields, alongside kids from all over the world. We laughed together around the table at dinner and prayed together in chapel. And we studied together at North Central Texas Academy, sharing big dreams as we prepared for college.

— Lucas Shipman

The Shipmans and Happy Hill Farm brought stability and discipline to what was a crazy and unforgiving world for me. This environment helped me regain my self-esteem and self-worth. It laid a good educational foundation . . . [and] on that foundation, I have grown and prospered.

— Jason NCTA alumnus

I know that a piece of me will always be at Happy Hill Farm. This institution has given me a chance to succeed at whatever my heart desires, and for that I will forever be grateful. Thank you, Mr. Shipman, for your dedication in helping me to achieve my dreams.

— Heather NCTA alumnus

Mr. Shipman is an inspiration to me because he had a vision to build a school and give kids like me an education. That makes me believe that anything is possible if you're persistent and you keep your faith in God.

— Nash NCTA student

Without Mr. Shipman, I know I would be making poor decisions and not know what to do with my life. But instead, I'm here and I'm on the right path, getting a wonderful education and phenomenal experiences. I know who I want to be!

— Molly NCTA student