Lead Pastor Rick Shell came to Frederick Alliance Church in November of 2016 after serving 22 years as a pastor in eastern Pennsylvania. Rick was born in Kentucky but moved several times throughout his childhood due to his father being in the Navy. Rick also joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Walter State Community college in Eastern Tennessee. Rick was in the Navy for almost ten years. While serving in the Navy he lived on both Coasts with most that time being in Connecticut at the Groton Submarine Base. While Rick was in the Navy, he met and married his wife, Sharron, who is a true native Californian born in San Diego. After leaving the Navy, he and Sharron moved to Georgia where Rick attended and graduated from Toccoa Falls College. Rick and Sharron then moved to Kentucky and attended and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rick has been a Pittsburgh Steeler fan since high school and he has been a St. Louis Cardinal fan since he was eight years old. Rick enjoys visiting national parks, hiking, reading, photography and woodburning. Rick and Sharron are parents of two adult children—Chris and Sarah.