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


We had the privilege of supporting Happy Hills Farm and at one point, came for a visit and a tour. Ed himself took the time to greet us, show us all around, and explain how the whole program worked. We were even invited to attend chapel with the students. In just the brief amount of time that we had to do these things, we could sense Ed's passion for the kids, and were amazed by the way he'd lived out the gospel through all that he had built and accomplished. His life was a testimony to the power of God for salvation, protection, and eternal purpose.

— Diane Mabeley

May God receive you, his faithful servant, into his kingdom. You gave so many blessings to those children in need who were worth saving, and had no other chance.

— Ervin Leschber

Ed was my uncle, and so there isn't a time in my life when I didn't know him. I grew up going to the farm and walking through each new building as Gloria and Ed would take us on tours. They would share how God provided for the farm along the way. Their unwavering faith had a huge impact on me. The most impactful thing I remember about Ed, however, was his continued pursuit of my family. Through every trial my family went through, Ed and Gloria would always show up. They would drop everything, and they would be there. I would hear about countless conversations my dad would have with Gloria and Ed about Jesus. Ed's funeral was such a celebration of his life. The story that stuck with me the most was the one Jason Garrett told. He talked about whenever the Cowboys had a big win they would receive a box of cookies and a note from Ed in the mail congratulating them. I loved hearing how Ed would celebrate when something good happened to those he cared about it, however, I know a lot of people do that. The part of the story I loved most was hearing Jason say that whenever the Cowboys would lose. They would again receive the cookies and a note, but this time Ed would hand deliver them. He would stick his head in Coach Garrett's office; tell him he was rooting for them; and that he believed in them. It's easy to celebrate with people when they win, but it takes a true friend to show up with words of truth when there is a disappointment. I saw that as a continual theme in Ed's life. Romans 12:15 tells us to "Rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn." Ed lived that verse everyday.

— Paul McCown

In this wacky world, it was great to know there are people like Ed and Gloria to spread the message of Christ to so many young ones, and to give what they have completely to the Lord's work. Ed is in the arms of the Lord, who says 'come in, good and faithful servant'.

— Jimmy Steward

I remember calling "Happy Hills Farm" in the mid 80's. I was a CPS caseworker with a hard to place child. That is until I made the call to Happy Hill's Farms. Happy Hill's Farm was a God sent to this child and his family, as they have been to so many more. I only knew Mr. Shipman through the years at a distance from a few phone calls and his monthly letter. However, his devoted love for the children had an impact on my life. May God continue to Bless Mr. Shipman's vision as the Farm/Academy moves forward. My condolences to Mrs. Shipman and the family and to the staff and children who loved him so. I'm sure Mr. Shipman's love will continue to be felt by all. May God Bless, Wanda Gaskin-Smith

— Wanda Gaskin-Smith