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


I was truly saddened when I heard about mr.shipmans passing. The structure and guidance I received at happy hill in the early 80s played a huge part in what I've become. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

— John Stubblefield

In March 2017, I bought a "Better than good" book by Zig Ziglar. In one of the chapters, a sub heading was written "You, the Youth Worker" and under that was the inspiring story of Ed Shipman with the Happy Hills Farm. I was deeply inspired by the great work of Ed and I decided to check the internet for information about Ed. I have been inspired since then because I have been a Youth worker for over 9 years and I have been praying and thinking of a great model to help me raise teenagers and youths as successful leaders with character and integrity. My answer came through Ed Shipman's work. I am inspired to start up a school this September, 2017 with the great vision in mind. I wish Happy Hill Farm will be replicated here in my community in Nigeria. I really bless God for Ed Shipman, may the good Lord continue to bless the vision He gave to him. I am grateful for learning about this great man of God.

— Marcus Akor

I had the privilege to work with Mr. Shipman when I worked there back in 1986 to 1989. I was attending Southwestern Seminary. Mr. Shipman knew his bible and how to communicate God's word to the people. He also loved those kids no matter what they where there for. His desire to let the love of Christ out was contagious. He always had a smile on his face, I am sure it was the love of Christ shining through him to me. I now teach children and remember Mr. Shipman and his love for and to them. He will always live on in every child and adult he came in contact with. This is how he rolled.

— Vanda Bartlett

I just recently started working at the farm this week and I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Shipman but just watching this video I'm so touched by his spirit and his heart and as I walked into the office to get my paperwork to start my job the first thing that I saw was the the train tracks how awesome that was and all the children's toys from years ago til now and I saw a lot of scriptures in frames a lot of honor to God on the walls a feeling of home for me . A place I've been searching for I feel for a long time and that I've been led to. It's such a relief to know that there are still people who are serving God and loving people with kind hearts and that there is a place where you can work and serve the Lord. A place of employment thats beautiful and touches my heart so deeply. There is a plaque in the office with a pair of shoes from I believe a child from Iraq and there's holes in the sandals and just reading the story I began to cry . Mr.Shipman told the story of how we are so blessed and how we should always remember there are those who are less fortunate than we are and we should always be thankful for everything we have and I feel that in my heart and I'm so thankful to have had this season where I've met some beautiful people and I want to say thank you Jesus for leading me to such a precious place with such precious people of God and I pray that I can do a good job as unto the Lord and that I would make Mr. Shipman proud and Mrs. Shipman honored. Thank you for this opportunity. Amen

— Terri Gill

It was my privilege to serve the kids and staff at Happy Hill Farm as their librarian. I loved it when Mr. Shipman brought tours through our beautiful library. He always made me feel that what I was doing was truly appreciated. He just had that wonderful capacity to make anyone feel special. Words just don't seem adequate to explain his service to kids and others. He had this way of making you want to give your best whether you were a kid or an adult.

— Joan Treadwell