Memorial Comments

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:14 PM

Hey Pastor Rick, I miss you a lot and was thinking about you and Joe a lot today. I can't wait to see you and give you both big hugs! "What a day that will be, when OUR Jesus WE shall see." Together. Love you both so much.

Katie Graham (New Carlisle, OH)

Friday, March 07, 2014 10:03 AM

Missing you more than usual today, Pastor Rick. I got my Air Force Basic Training dates and I wish you were here so I could tell you. I know you are and would've been so proud of me. I miss the comfort I felt when you talked to me. I know you'll be watching over me while I'm gone. I miss and love you so very, very much.

Katie Graham (New Carlisle, OH)

Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:50 AM

I know your hearts are broken and rightly so, i was Pastor of Medway Baptist Church from 2003-2005 as well as youth Pastor at First Baptist Kettering 1996-99, and Rick and i served together in Ohio. It is with a heart sore for the passing when i heard of my dear friend and servant. I know that God truly blessed this man while being your shepherd and you were blessed to have him for this long of time. We will together miss him dearly. Your brother in Christ,

Mike Mendenhall (Huntsville, AL)


Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:13 AM

My condolences to the Shoemaker Family. Pastor Rick was my loving Pastor, and my true Friend.. I was Blessed to know him for two and half years, even though it felt like that I had known him, my whole life. When I first met Pastor Rick, I thought.. this is a true man of God that loves his Church, and his people. He made a difference in my life. He is missed, and I still feel his presence when I attend service, at First Baptist Church of N.C. I'm looking forward to seeing him again some day, in Heaven.. 'Lord, thank you for this wonderful Pastor, that loved you, his Family, and his Church'...

Barbara C-Council

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:43 AM

To The Family -- I just saw that Rick passed. I have such wonderful memories of Rick from when my mother worked at the Associational Office. I remember fondly all the youth activities that I attended, the Bible drills. Rick was such a wonderful man and will truly be missed by all

Lynn Voisard (Huber Heights, OH)


Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:38 PM

Since at least the age of 17, Rick Shoemaker has found a way to be in church, worshiping his Lord nearly every Sunday. Much to his disappointment, his recent bout with cancer and pneumonia kept him from being where he most wanted to be. This past Sunday morning at just after 4 AM, Rick found a way to attend Sunday worship when he went home to be with the Lord. His family, friends, community, and congregation will never be the same. How does one encapsulate such a life of ministry and loving service in a single news article? My conclusion is that it cannot be done. I can speak of my experience and hope that in some small way the readers of this article identify and get a sense of his impact.

In 1979, although unaware at the time, my life changed forever when a young preacher and his family came to the First Baptist Church of New Carlisle to become our pastor. Having grown up in the church since birth, I had seen a few pastors come and move on to other assignments. But at the age of 14, I soon realized that this pastor would be unique. He immediately took an interest in providing opportunities for young people to have fun and serve in the church. It was as though he believed that we were not only the future of the church, but the present, as well. I found myself more than ever before wanting to be there every time the doors were open. I gained a love for serving and for the creative arts, as well, when Rick penned plays for us to perform. They always contained a great message that led people to Jesus Christ. In fact, it was after the performance of one of those plays that I found myself coming forward to the altar to surrender my life to full-time Christian service. I have had the privilege of serving with Rick in one capacity or another for the last 32 years and vocationally as his associate pastor for nearly the last 16 years. I have grown closer in my walk with Christ and learned so much from this great man. My life was forever changed because of Rick Shoemaker.

Were we to gather ourselves in a single room to share what a difference Rick has made in this world, the stories would never end. I had the honor of seeing the impact he had on his family. Rick’s wife Elizabeth was right at his side during his entire ministry. Rick married his teenage sweetheart and I can remember her involvement in his ministry from the very beginning. Most notably she tried her best to keep us kids in line as we went on mission trips to serve. It was evident that God had placed this special couple in our lives to change us forever. Their influence extended to their 2 wonderful daughters who grew up with us, served with us, and honor the Lord with their lives to this day. Rick’s grandchildren find themselves serving in the church even at their young ages. Rick and Elizabeth are the best “Bampa” and “Gugug” in the world to them. Rick’s influence is also easily seen in the lives of his extended family. His parents raised some wonderful children. Over the years Rick has been able to serve in ministry with his brother, sister, mom, and dad.

Rick was a great friend. He was always there for you when you needed him, sometimes at all hours of the night. Many times he received phone calls that awakened him with the tears of a friend in need. In my life, Rick has presided over the funerals of my grandfather, brother, father, and son. I was on vacation over 7 hours away when I got the call that my son Joe was struck by a car on his way to work. It was Rick who made that call and rushed over to the hospital as my son went on to be with Jesus. Right then and there, Rick Shoemaker was the father to my son that I couldn’t be. A myriad of people can relate similar stories of how Rick went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to his friends. Many of you reading this tribute right now can attest to Rick’s faithfulness in loving his fellow man.

Rick made a difference in his community. For years he has been the announcer for field day at New Carlisle Elementary School. He has judged speech contests, hosted community dinner theaters, and constantly looked for ways in which he could serve. You could find Rick praying the invocation at city council meetings and, most notably, writing a weekly column for this very newspaper. He has counseled hundreds of couples as they have tied the knot in marriage. He has presided over countless funerals and made a difference in the lives of many who did not have a church home. He was always ready to serve when asked and often looked for ways to help even before he might be called upon.

Finally, Rick forever changed the path of a small church in the country just outside of New Carlisle. Of the many things we could discuss in how Rick influenced First Baptist Church, it can be said that he had a heart for kids. In the early 1990’s, Rick presided over the construction of our gymnasium and child care center. He had to convince us that it was a step of faith for which God had called us. Construction was completed and the note was paid off in under 10 years under his direction. Today, our Wee Care Child Care center serves our community and congregation by providing daycare for children in a loving, Christian environment, Monday through Friday. That step of faith has provided jobs for people in our congregation as well as for those in our community. We are able to offer Upward basketball and cheerleading in our gymnasium for over 150 kids each year because of Rick. Many church and community events are hosted here because of the leadership and faithfulness of Rick Shoemaker.

In closing, the world is now a lesser place as we say goodbye to one of New Carlisle’s heroes. I will never be the same and I know that readers of this tribute will say a loud and collective amen to a life well-lived. Our loss is heaven’s gain. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that for the Christian who has trusted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior, there is a longing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Right now, Rick Shoemaker is living that dream.

Jeff Christmas

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 8:33 AM

To the family of Rick shoemaker , I'm sorry for your loss ,I've known Rick since our early days at greenmont on up and into fairmont east high school . It was in the early 70's ,I saw Rick after a bob Harrington crusade at u d arena ! My how time flies !! As the scriptures teach , our life here is but a vapor ,then it's gone ! Another dear friend in my life taught me , " only one life will soon be past , only what's done for Christ will last ". !!! I'm glad I was able to know Rick in my life here on this earth , his smile and love for people will not be forgotten ! 1 Cor 15:57-58 ,rom 10: 15 "how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news !"

Ed Penix jr

Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:58 AM

So many memories come to mind when I think about Brother Rick. The one that is the strongest is when I had to go to his office to apologize for something stupid I had done at church camp. I was so nervous to go in but when we started talking the ONLY thing I felt from him was Love and Concern. He showed me what the unconditional love of Jesus was. What a great gift that is. Bro Rick, you will missed!

Tammy (Clark) Roth (Lakentheath, UK)


Sunday, November 03, 2013 7:39 AM

Years ago while teaching at Westlake Elementary School, I was blessed to have Jennifer in class. When looking for parents to help with Field Day, she volunteered her father and the rest was history. Rick and I worked nearly 70 field days together at Westlake and New Carlisle. He was my right hand man... the best announcer anyone could ask for in this kind of event. He made field day what it was and the children swarmed to the announcing table as he announced the times of the events and the winners for each. Rick also started the tradition of the teachers choosing nicknames and the students loved hearing these fun names. When my father had a stroke at field day time, Rick and Joe Webb took it over did the entire field day for me. Wow... what a comfort. Rick was a great man, one of the finest I have ever met. I so looked forward to our last field day together next May as I will be retiring. However, I know he will be with us all as he always was and I know I will hear his voice announcing for us... but it will just be coming from another place. Love you, dear friend. You made a difference in so many lives and I am blessed to have been a part of your life for 30 plus years.

Carla Beatley (Troy, OH)


Saturday, November 02, 2013 10:46 AM

There are no words to express our sympathy for the loss of Rick Shoemaker. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Bruce and Linda Burgess -


Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:43 AM

Shannon and I were also grieved about Rick's passing. I remember Rick preaching at Youth Rallies and Fairmont West H.S. at a crusade. Rick was just fun to be around, and he used to come over and play cards with Shannon.

Linda Chasteen (Facebook)

Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:42 AM

He was such a beloved classmate in high school and brought at least one family member that I know to a relationship with Christ...very sad to hear that this world has lost him

Mary Cornyn (Facebook)

Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:41 AM

Rick Shoemaker embraced the Word of God as many people embrace their firstborn child. From the moment he heard it he believed it and he lived it. Taken too soon-and will be forever missed. So much love and respect goes to this man-a true warrior for Christ.

Debbie Broughton-Alaimo (Facebook)

Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:39 AM

34 years ago, Jim Andrews of FBC New Carlisle came to me and said, "We need a Pastor here, What was the name of that young man who preached so well at the youth rallys and do you know where he is? I replied, we (The new Happiness Singers) were just at his church in Indiana and yes he would be great here. Rick soon came to FBC, and has been there ever since until today when he left for a Pastorate in heaven. In the movie Tombstone Doc Holiday said Wyatt Earp was my friend (singular) whereupon Texas Jack said, don't worry about one friend, I have many friends, whereas Doc replied, but I don't. Rick was my friend (singular) in life. I love you Rick.

Gary Mullins (Facebook)

Saturday, November 02, 2013 6:22 AM

You were a wonderful friend to have will miss you. But our paths will meet again in Heaven . Elmer & Regennia Hitchcock in Jacksboro Tn.

Elmer & Regennia Hitchcock

Saturday, November 02, 2013 4:03 AM

The most dedicated, compassionate, man I have ever known. He always had time for everyone. Our church was so blessed to have Pastor Rick and Elizabeth for so many years. He will continue to be an inspiration for all of us. His teachings will go on forever. Elizabeth, we love you and hope you wil allow your church to be there for you at this time, as you have always been there for us.

Doris Pennington (New Carlisle, OH)

Friday, November 01, 2013 7:59 PM

When Pastor Rick came to FBC, my children were 13, 11 and 3 years old. I said my children grew up under his shepherding and I grew older. Today, all three of the children are very active in the same church and have been raising their children under the guidance of Rick Shoemaker. Under his guidance I grew in my faith. If I had a question or a concern he always had time for me. He never acted if he was too busy. He encouraged me step out of my comfort zone many times. Two of my children were led to the Lord under his preaching and one was saved during VBS, another ministry that Rick loved. He baptized all three. He prayed with my husband and even though he does not come to church like he did, my husband has so much respect and love for him. Once when he was hospitalized, the nurse asked my husband if he would like the chaplain to visit him. My husband said without hesitation, "my pastor will be coming by". I shared that with Pastor Rick, he smiled that big smile. I know he was praying for him through the years. He visited him whenever he was hospitalized. When I had my very first surgery in 1985, he was there offering comfort and prayer. When I had my heart surgery, it was schedule 7am. I told Pastor Rick that it was so early he did not need to come. But, of course he came. Such a wonderful man! He came to visit my children when they were very sick or having surgery. He visited me or called when my mother and brother from out of town died. We had some happy and joyful times also. He officiated at the wedding of my two girls. All eight of my grandchildren were dedicated under his ministry and all but three he baptized. He gave us many opportunities to grow in Christ with his preaching, teaching and his life. I pray that I can live up to what he taught and how he lived. It has been an honor to have known this man of God for the past 34 years. We miss you Pastor Rick, we will never forget you or your ministry at First Baptist Church New Carlisle. May we always live up to what you preached. If you should see my Mom, tell her I will see her soon.

Betty Graham (New Carlisle, OH)


Friday, November 01, 2013 3:26 PM

I am shocked to hear of the passing of my longtime friend. Prayers go out to Elizabeth, the family, and to the folks at FBC New Carlisle. I met Rick back in the Project Amigos days back in the late '60s. It was evident the hand of God was upon this young man. God's blessings continued upon him throughout his life. He invited me to preach a revival there years ago and I never forgot what a wonderful pastor I saw leading his people. I praise God for His favor upon Rick all these years. We have lost a real gem in the jewel of Jesus, but Rick is now gloriously rejoicing in the presence of Jesus!!

Bill Sword (Facebook)

Friday, November 01, 2013 12:09 PM

Love you pastor your finally going to see Jesus and mom. You are surely going to hear the words well done my good and faithful servant from God ! Forever run and not be tired, fly and sing of hymns of Christ and forever joy and happiness!!!! I will surly miss you!

Chris Rohm

Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:48 PM

What a testament to the impact of Rick’s life as the masses of those he touched waited to pay respects! Rick was an integral part of my Christian growth as a teenager at FBCNC and I remember those years fondly. As others have noted, I loved his big laugh, his compassion, and his understanding without judgment. He (and Gary Mullins!) fostered the desire for music ministry and encouraged the use of any gifting or ability. I stepped forward into my college years prepared for mission trips across the state of KY. Rick preached at one of the revival weekends with my mission team in KY. It was truly a special time!

Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Sarah … I know this is a tremendous loss for you even though we know he is experiencing all that he has claimed by faith. My prayers are with you.

To FBCNC, this will be a difficult journey in healing. Rick faithfully and lovingly served for 34 years. I pray in the days and months ahead that you are able to embrace and support a new servant who loves the Lord so that Rick’s work continues on. He would find joy in that though the task will be difficult at best. On behalf of the Shelby and LeEtta Warren family, we send our deepest sympathies to all. We are thankful for the time we were part of the FBCNC family.

Alesia (Warren) Marcum (Springboro, OH)


Had a great time tonight remembering a great man, Rick Shoemaker with old friends. Some of whom I wouldn't have met if it weren't for Rick. Thankful for his life & that he is in heaven but sad for those who will miss him so.

Jenny Michelle Rapson (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:46 PM

What a testament to Rick Shoemaker by the turnout tonight. He is a loved man. I know that through his passing lives will be changed. Souls will be saved because of the example he led.

Kimberlee Muse Arndts (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:45 PM

I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: II Timothy 4:7. Perfect verse for Rick Shoemaker He would have loved to see all the little reunions that were taking place all over the church. All because this man invested is life in ours. Please pray for his family. It is tough to say "see you later"

Sherry Masters (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:44 PM

I don't think he ever knew how much he meant to us...he baptized my daughter and showed me what it meant to believe in something you can't see...I will always miss Pastor Rick but I know where he is and that I will..we all will...see him again

Joy Baker (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:42 PM

My heart is with my Ohio church family today as they celebrate the life and home going of Bro Rick Shoemaker. His legacy will live though the generations of us he introduced to Jesus and discipled. The void he leaves behind is surpassed only by the incredible joy of knowing he is forever with our Savior.

Natalie Wills (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:42 PM

I will so miss you Pastor Rick. I don't know why God called you Home but I am happy for you to with Him in His beautiful Heaven and Presence. Thank you for your wisdom, spiritual guidance and humor.

Kathy Jones (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:41 PM

I had one of those moments this morning as we celebrated the wonderful life & homecoming of our dear friend & brother in the Lord Rick Shoemaker . My mind & heart was flooded with several of those moments. Lee & I could fill a book full of precious memories. Rick you will never be forgotten. See you later! Your friends in Christ, Lee & Mary smith

Mary Smith (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:40 PM

Today we laid to rest the most spiritual man that I think I will know while on this earth. Bro. Rick Shoemaker has been my pastor and my friend for more than 34 years now. 27 years ago he married Randy and I and just 6 short months ago he married my daughter and her husband. He was there for the birth of all of my children and he baptized them. He was there when both my brother and sister had emergency heart surgeries and I know he was always praying for us even when he wasn't with us. He was a man of God and always true to his faith. He will be missed greatly by my family and my church family but I know that early Sunday morning he heard the words he had said so many times from the pulpit, "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Leslie Morris Sine (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:40 PM

Tomorrow is the first day of November. For the past couple of years, I try to post one thing I'm thankful for each day. This year I have decided to start a day early. Today I am thankful for lifelong friends I have because of Rick Shoemaker, and the influence he had in all of our lives.

Lori Houghton Bossick (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:38 PM

I will never forget Brother Rick Shoemaker. We just laughed in August about "The Whistle." We shared stories together. Even had the opportunity to see him baptize a young woman with cerebral palsy in a swimming pool. Shared memories from the summer of 1995 when I was teaching young children. He laughed with us, laughed until we cried, and even re-baptized me. He is truly a blessing to everyone that met him. Praying for his family, First Baptist Church of New Carlisle, and everyone like me who had the opportunity to meet you. Loved by everyone!

Leigh Anne Bourne (Facebook)


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:37 PM

Elizabeth, Howard and I loved Rick dearly but we know our loss doesn't compare to the loss you and your family are feeling right now. Just know that we love you and the girls, too, and are keeping you all in our prayers! I had planned to come sit with you at the hospital last week but unfortunately, circumstances prevented it, but you were definitely in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that we will be here for you!

Roxanne Evans (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:36 PM

Its in times like this when you feel a great loss but this is the time that you feel a great love from all around you to help and thats a blessing . my heart is with you love your little brother from across the pond JAMES XXXX

James Jessamine (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:35 PM

Elizabeth, I am very, very sorry and deeply saddened by your loss. You, Jennifer Clifford, Sarah Gillespie, and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Love you!!

Leigh Anne Bourne (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:34 PM

You, my Sister, are amazing. Love you so much....

Rhonda Adams (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:33 PM

Our deepest sympathies are extended to all the Shoemakers in their loss of Rick. He will always be remembered for his compassionate leadership and his willingness to work with his co-laborers. I enjoyed helping with the worship at FBCNC (and still do) while he was our pastor. I know he would want us to go forward in the Name of the Lord Jesus--not in his name. However, he has been a wonderful encourager in our Christian lives. So let's go forth and "let our lights shine" for Jesus and seek His leading.

Narcissa Mahurin (NEW CARLISLE, OH)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:33 PM

Loved and respected by countless many, the life of Rick Shoemaker molded an everlasting impression into our hearts. Through out my short time on this earth, there is no question, I can attest with one hundred percent certainty that Rick Shoemaker IS the best man that I have ever known. Rick saved the souls of many, though his will insists that the glory be to God. Dedication to the gospel and genuine love for human life fueled his motivation. He was the constant Earthly lifeline for his family, friends and church family.

Though I attended Rick's church (The First Baptist Church of New Carlisle) as an adolescent, my journey with him began later, during a troubling phase of my early adulthood. My pastor, soon to be friend and great mentor spared several hours weekly for the months to come, guiding my life towards the path of righteousness. The tremendous impact Rick Shoemaker had on my thoughts and actions led me straight to Jesus. Pastor Rick (as I called him) saved my life. Without his guidance my sorrows may have come from behind bars, and my wife; just another single parent struggling to find her way.
Rick's every action suggested the existence and saving power of our Lord. Numerous others tell stories in relation to mine. His constant will and determination allowed for his consistent acts of kindness to appear effortless.

Rick Shoemaker lived in a manner that every Christian should strive to achieve. Because of his constant faith, we now have a better relationship with the Lord. Our lives are different from knowing him. His example will continue to provide Christians everywhere with the way we should live. Though his life on earth has come to an end, his story lives on. Thank you, Pastor Rick, for serving and loving us all. May your spirit reside in the presence of the Lord forever. God bless you.

Bobby Sells (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:29 PM

So I figure this morning Rick is up there laughing at the fact that I am having trouble moving this morning after standing on concrete for so long last night at the visitation. I can hear him laughing right now saying, "Baby sister, you know that means you are getting old, don't you?"

Lori Hellmund (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:27 PM

I attended Rick's funeral this morning. It was a beautiful service - hundreds of people there. Didn't get an opportunity to speak to anyone of the family because of the crowd - my thoughts and prayers are with all of them! Rick's grandfather (Estelle Shoemaker) was my Dad's brother (Floyd Nelson Shoemaker).

Esther Crabtree (Facebook)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:22 PM

Rick, We know that you can hear us and we are so thankful for the role you have played in our lives. I enjoyed the moments sharing in your aspirations with Peacemakers. Your love for His church and His people was always so evident in all that you did. You are the most humble man I have met and yet you had such a way of encouraging others. We thank you for allowing us to teach at the church while we were with Marriage Works Ohio and it inspired us as well to take His ministry to a higher level as well. Your family who we had not the opportunity to meet must of felt the blessings of your presence. I personally thank you as a seed planter years ago in my husbands first marriage because he was growing with the words you gave him nearly 30 years ago. Even then you were fairly new to the church there! God bless you and may you find real peace and Joy....Help us as you are now a saint for us as well! We will love and miss you as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Steve and Loretta Worley -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:21 PM

We are deeply saddened to learn of Rick's passing. We are in Florida so cannot be with you. Rick was a special friend in the ministry. And we will always remember his kindness to us through the years. Our love and sympathy to each of you - remembering you in prayer at this time. Marj & Tom

Marj and Tom Long -


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:21 PM

Lori/Marliyn/Brian I am so sorry to hear about Rick. I can not come to viewing or Funeral, but my prayers are with all of you. Bonnie sent me a notice so I would know about ti. After 34 years at the Church they are really going to miss him Love, Linda


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:20 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Rick only a few times at one of his classes. I knew right away what a kind, gentle soul he was. So sorry to hear of his passing. I know that he will be greatly missed by all of us who have crossed his path. He is now watching from above, sitting right beside our heavenly father, whom he had served so well. Thank you for sharing your husband, father, brother, grandfather with the rest of us.......

Karen Snider -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:20 PM

Elizabeth and family. We were so sorry to learn about Rick's illness and death. I have so many wonderful memories of Rick whose name is synonymous with your church in New Carlisle. We enjoyed 17 years at FBC, Fairborn and were nurtured by pastors like Rick through the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists. It was truly a cooperative spirit that tied all of us together in that area. Rick shared my love for creativity and the arts. I have contacted him several times while we have been back in Virginia because of projects he had been working on that I needed. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. Rev. Ramon Owens, Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia.

Ray Owens -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:19 PM

I had the privilege of attending several Mission Trips with Rick when I was a teenager. He was a wonderful mentor and man of God. His laughter was always contagious and he always tolerated our practical jokes with his good humor. He taught us to bury ourselves in the Word and to not back down when sharing the Gospel. We all learned from him every time we were in his prescence. I know he received a wonderful reception when he walked through Heaven's gates. My love and prayers to his family. In Christ, Nikki

Nikki Hall

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:19 PM

To my first nephew, Rick. I miss you, love you, always have and always will. I so wanted to be able to spend some time with you when you were in the hospital, but it just wasn't meant to be. All of us were so proud of you and your accomplishments! You were such a Special "Man of God"- HE needed a 'Special Angel" so, he took the BEST. You will spend your 60th Birthday in Heaven, I'm sure with your Dad. We"ll Never Say Goodbye, We Will Meet Again".

Aunt Joyce and Jim -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:19 PM

Elizabeth, We are so sorry to hear about Rick's Passing. Even though you know he is in heaven, out of pain, and you will see him again, it doesn't mean you are not suffering. We have been praying for you and your family every day since His passing. He always had time for us when we called. He ministered to us during the dark time we were having. He was truely a Godly man. Love, Mike and Terry

Mike and Terry Reed -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:18 PM

Brian and Elizabeth and families, We have fond memories of Rick and the times that you all spent at First Baptist New Paris! Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this sad time. Rick was a great and faithful servant of our Lord!

The Wayne Hampton Family

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:18 PM

Appreciated Bro. Rick so much. While a student at Cumberland College-he invited our choir to sing every year. I will be prayeing for you all

Steve Davidson

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:17 PM

Every time I think of Rick's passing, the song 'Thank you' by Ray Boltz pops into my head. Especially the part, "And Jesus took your hand, as you stood before the Lord. He said my child look around you, for great is your reward." I love you Rick. I look forward to seeing you again!

Amanda Perry -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:17 PM

Thank you for your Godly example & blessed memories!

Randy & Mary Fisher


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:16 PM

For Rick Shoemaker's family....I send my caring and support to you, his family, on Rick's transitioning to live with our Heavenly Father. He made such an impression on me by the way he walked right beside Garnet and David through every single mile...what a wonderful legacy. His picture with Kim and Rogers is awesome. God bless you all.

Betsy Burns-Scheffey (Garnet Holliday's sister) -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:16 PM

I have known Rick and his family my entire life - both from church, band, and growing up with Jennifer and Sarah. Rick baptized my father, brother, and me. He officiated my wedding. He officiated my father and brother's funerals. Needless to say, Rick was "there" through the years. The one thing I will always remember is when I was young, playing with Sarah at their house, I had a shirt on that said "Jesus doesn't make junk." I remember Rick telling me to never, ever forget that for as long as I live. And, I haven't. My sympathies go out to Elizabeth, Sarah, Jennifer and their families. Rick will be missed.

Julia (Hess) Gibson

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:16 PM

Great man and you will be missed. Enjoy your new home in Heaven! - Todd Charske

Todd Charske

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:15 PM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of man so dear to so many who has had such an influence on so many lives through the years of service in the work of the Lord. My prayers, condolence, and best wishes are for the immediate family, as well as, the community of believers who grieve this tragic loss. May the God of grace bring hope and assurance in the time of need.

Ronnie Murrill

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:14 PM

I find it hard to express my feeling of loss. I know that in recent years we have not been able to stay in close contact. However, every time I seen or spoke with Rick, I was greeted with love and compassion. Rick was a wonderful "Man of God". He will be greatly missed. I remember Rick saying that the angels in Heaven do not know the JOY of Salvation.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you..

Richard & Rhonda Hyden

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:14 PM

Marilyn, Lori, Brian, Elizabeth and family ~ You are in our prayers as we try to shoulder your grief with you. So sorry to hear of Rick's passing.

Ron, Shannon, and Eli Cox -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:14 PM

Jennifer, Brian, Nathaniel, Carli & McKenna, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We pray that God will wrap his arms around you and carry you through. We love and miss you all. Jeff, Zola, Logan and Landon Walker

Jeff and Zola Walker

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:13 PM

To all of Rick's family and church family I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Heaven is blessed by him being there and meeting all of the people who were waiting for him. He was a special man, pastor and friend of our family. He was always there when you called on him and he will be missed by all who knew and love him. God Bless, Charlene Moderwell

Charlene Moderwell -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:13 PM

We did not know Rick personally, but had certainly known of him while at Cumberland College in KY. Brian was our classmate, and Rick graduated the year we arrived. Our sincerest condolences to Rick's family during this difficult time. Life seems too short sometimes, but God has His own time. May God comfort you during this time.

Scott and Rae Pond

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:12 PM

Jennifer and family, I am so sorry of the passing of your Dad. Please know that my prayers are with you all. Love to you.

Debby Browning


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:12 PM

Pastor Shoemaker married our Daughter Sarah Parks and David Cripps last December. He also blessed their new home for them. We only met his those few times but what a pleasure to know him if only for a short time. He truly was a man of God and has been a positive influence on Sarah and David's lives. Our prayers and condolences to the Shoemaker family and the Church family

Dennis and Lisa Parks

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:12 PM

My heart goes out to Elizabeth, the children, Brian, Lori, and Marilyn. As one who loved and served the Lord, there is no doubt that he is at home in Paradise. I wish I could have visited more often with this dear cousin.

Dan Reeves -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:11 PM

Rick was one of the kindness persons we've ever met. He had an uplifting personality and always let Christ's light shine through him. Everyone who knew Reverend Rick spoke highly of him Our prayers will continue to go up for Elizabeth, his children, grandchildren, other family members, and the saints at NC First Baptist Church. He walked a wonderful life in Christ and served the Lord in beautiful ways. He is now where we all have the hope of being some day and look forward to seeing brother Rick in Paradise. While we wait, he will be sorely missed by all.

Pastor John and Peggy Parr -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:11 PM

You were such a wonderful person, Thank you for marrying us in 1998. Ronda and Keith

The Wallens

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:10 PM

We look forward tot he time we will be united with our loved ones again. The Bible tell us at John 5:28-29, that this could be possible. It read as following: (John 5:28, 29) (28) Do not be amaze at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice( 29) and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

Alvea Conyers -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:10 PM

You will be missed Br. Rick. You was a true man of God. May God Bless your family through their great loss. I know you are rejoicing with the Angels upon your arrival at Home with God.

Betty Gentry

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:09 PM

such a loss , a fine man, he will be so missed, prayers to the family.

Cheryl Seevers

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:09 PM

He led us, he taught us, he laughed and cried with us, but what made him so special was how much he loved all of us. Words cannot express how very much he will be missed. Elizabeth, we will continue to keep you in our prayers. If you need anything, you have only to ask.

Rich & Sandy Albert

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:09 PM

Prayers to Pastor Shoemakers Family,Friends and His Church Family!He was a wonderful caring man!One you could always count on.Love to all.Heaven opened the doors for an amazing angel!God Bless!

Barker Family

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:08 PM

Jennifer, Brian, Nathaniel, Carli, and MaKenna, Know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Lean on each other and continue the example of love he sat before you.

Greg and Sue Bowen


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:07 PM

Rick you are forever a part of my family. you will be greatly missed by everyone. Prayers are with the family and friends!

Mackenzie Tittle

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:07 PM

Lori, George and family, so sorry about Rick's passing. Know that our prayers are with you.

Richard and Carol Twiggs

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:05 PM

My Pastor, My friend, I don't even know where to begin. You saved me, my husband, my children my foster children, my adopted children. You talked to me for many an hour when I needed you, You baptised us all and you married my son and daughter in law. You visited katy (who adored you) while in the hospital and even beating the ambulance on an occasion. You never hesitated to be there for Bobby. All the celebrations you attended for my extended extra large family. You held my hand and held my heart during my mothers battle with cancer and when she went to meet Jesus it was only a minute before my phone rang so you could hear me cry out in anger. You drove to Lima to her viewing and her funeral. I will always love you, we all will always love you and you are forever a part of my heart and family. You can never be replaced, Kiss my Momma for me and fly high my Pastor my friend! Fly high... Jonna, Kelly, Katy, Helen, Millie, Destiny, Eleanor, Wesley, Anto, Riley, Melissa. Stephanie, Tiffany!!

Jonna Sells and family -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:05 PM

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends, and church family of this fine, godly man and shepherd to so many. His passing is a great personal loss to our family after the tender care he took of us during our precious son's illness and passing. It was an honor and a privilege to know him on this earth, and it will be even better to rejoice and celebrate with him in heaven. May God bless and comfort all who mourn this great loss.

Joe & Vanessa Rayburn

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:03 PM

My prayers for your family! Know that we are thinking of you!

Tina Sharp

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:03 PM

You have always been there me and for our family in any time of need. Your family and church family will be in our constant prayers. We will miss you, your humor and your warming smile. I am confident we will meet again on the other side. You will be greatly missed Bro. Rick.

Missy and Jeff Holt

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:02 PM

A sad day for us who remain, having lost a great messenger of the faith.

Doug Robinson First Baptist Union

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:02 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Shoemaker family. Rick was an amazing guy. Hey, after many years, he was successful in getting my mom to convert from Catholic to Baptist. Amazing in itself. He was always there for my family. He stood by my side praying when mom passed and I am forever grateful for his kindness. Rick will be greatly missed

Jack Sebring

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:01 PM

We are praying for you, Elizabeth, Jennifer and Sarah. May you find comfort from our Lord! We share your sorrow, but also rejoice that he is where he has been telling us all about. Thank you for sharing him with us all. Love and hugs!! Bill and Donna Burkle

Bill and Donna Burkle -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:01 PM

I will miss you. You were a wonderful pastor and friend. Tommy and I both loved you. He will always call you "His Pastor".

Tommy and Betty Graham -


Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:00 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Rick's passing ... I was so blessed to have had Pastor Rick unite me and my husband in marriage in 2007. Rick was an amazing guy. My prayers are with Rick's family. May God bring you comfort during this difficult time, God Bless.

Alisha Payne -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:00 PM

Rick was such a dear friend. Randy and I have fond memories of working with Rick in many ways - from playing piano on the weekend revival team in college to marriage enrichment retreats between our churches to hosting Rick (and Elizabeth and the girls) as revival speaker. His passion for the Lord's work and his genuine friendship will be greatly missed.

Randy and Pat Tate -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:57 PM

Rick truly lived a life of legacy for Christ! My prayers go out to the family, friends, church, and countless others his life touched.

Jen Benson McKinney

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:56 PM



Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:56 PM

I'm saddened to hear of Rick's passing but I rejoice to know that he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Rick preached a lot for us at First Baptist in New Paris when he was still in college and we loved him. I'm praying that God will give you comfort and strength now and in the days to come.

Donna Hampton -

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:55 PM

Uncle, you truly were and are a man of God. From life to life, further up and further in.

Andrew Shoemaker

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:55 PM

My prayers go out to your family for your loss, Rick was a blessing to all who knew him. Loving thoughts to all of your family. In Christian Love, Terry and Sue Bartlett

Terry and Sue Bartlett

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:55 PM

Our hearts are heavy to hear such news. I know he is rejoicing in heaven now. Prayers to the family for your great loss. God Bless you all. Dave and Cathy(Graham) Sharpe

Dave and Cathy Sharpe

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:53 PM

Where could we even to begin to describe the friend, listener, pastor (even tho he was never my pastor) Rick was. He actually felt like it because he was so involved in committees in the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists. He never rushed when called, always gave good advice in addition to always having you laughing by the time your conversation was over. He loved you Elizabeth and was not ashamed to tell anyone, he also loved his children and esp those grandchildren. Almost everytime we spoke on the phone or he was in the office we had grandchildren stories to swap. He once wrote an article about one of our granddaughters (Shelbi) and her diabetes. She insisted I visit First Baptist Church so she could meet him. When she heard of his passing she cried. Rick will be greatly missed in our circles, but not to the degree I know you will miss him. You can be so godly proud of the man Rick was and how he served our great & mightly God. It is untold the ways and how many lives were reached through his ministry, esp in the book he just released recently. I know that in studying this book in our Sunday School class, he has reached many. We started the study the first Sunday in March and yesterday we were on page 52. That's how good it is and much our class is enjoying it. They've opened up and are discussing more than any we've ever experienced. Elizabeth, if there's any way I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to call me, 937.313.9854 or here in the GDAB office at 937.233.3999, even if it"s just to vent. I am a good listener. We love you and are constantly praying for you. Jan Suber & Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug & Jan Suber

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:51 PM

Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Gilliam


Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:50 PM

My deepest sympathy, your family is in my prayers

Nichole Back

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:50 PM

My wonderful brother, my hero. I miss you so much. I know you had so many people there to greet you and one day you will welcome me home as well. I know beyond any shadow of doubt you heard the words "Well Done."


Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:24 PM

What a friend we have in Jesus. And what a friend we have in Pastor Rick. We were devastated to hear the news and wish we could be there with the family. Both Bonnie and I as will as Hayden Bible Church are praying for Elizabeth and the kids as well as FBCNC.

Some of our fondest memories were the Dramatic Sermons and the Hand Puppet Ministry. And don't forget those great Dinner Ministry Theaters plays Rick wrote and acted in. I never got one solved correctly.

We miss our friend.

Bob and Bonnie Kesson (Coeur d'Alene, ID)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:33 AM

I posted a remembrance post on my blog today about Brother Rick.

Julia Gibson (Urbana, OH)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:16 AM

Pastor Rick has had such an impact on my life. I am truly going to miss his deep laugh, his hugs, and the fact that he was not afraid to show emotions regarding any situation. He led myself and my children to Christ and for that we are all forever thankful. May God surround all of his family, friends, and church family with comfort during this time.

Dodie Helton (New Carlisle, OH)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:34 AM

I have so many fond memories of Pastor Rick and his influence in our lives, and I imagine they sound very familiar to many of yours because he loved his church family so much. I can honestly say that Brother Rick was always there. We are all taught to model Christ, but he really lived that way all of the time, and there was never a doubt that he took his calling as pastor very seriously. He was there to rejoice, teach, counsel, listen, and admonish, but mostly he was there to pray and comfort us in our times of worry or grief. I must say that I can remember him holding my hand during almost all of my ups and downs since I first met him over 30 years ago. I could list all of these, but your list is probably much like mine. He performed our marriage counseling and wedding, and he was even there holding my hand in the labor room during a very long labor with Becky, our first child. He arrived at the hospital thinking he would be there to get a glimpse of our baby and congratulate me on the delivery, but was quickly pulled in by a very tired Gary to take over for a few minutes. His comfort and prayers were just what I needed to help pull me through the long hours ahead. Always knowing the right thing to do in difficult times, Pastor Rick was there when my mother-in-law’s death from cancer was very imminent. It was Christina’s birthday, and Pastor Rick sat in the living room praying with me. He was so concerned that Christina would be devastated if her beloved grandmother passed away on her birthday, that he had brought a gift of a special prayer journal, wrapped for her birthday, and he wanted her to have it as a special gift from him and Elizabeth to help make her birthday special and to give her an avenue for sharing her grief in the days ahead. What may seem like a selfish prayer, that God would wait at least one more day before taking her home, Pastor Rick prayed that with me. Grandma passed away the next morning, and I will be forever grateful for God granting our plea. I have many other examples of Rick Shoemaker’s understanding and concern for our family and his congregation, but all of these reflect his greatest gifts of love, discernment, and service. I do not know his favorite Bible verse, but I know that he took these commands from Jesus to heart: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). Rick Shoemaker lived this every single day, and I am forever grateful that God placed him in New Carlisle and allowed him to love us the way he did.

Cindy Gulden (Tipp City, OH)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:23 PM

You were in my dreams last night. Heavy on my heart these past few days. You were always there for me and my life journey where ever I was in any situation You was there. We always laughed and you always had the words that spoke to my heart. Im forever grateful for that. In my dreams, I kept thinking what can I do in return. I prayed for you. Prayed for healing and no pain. I love you Rick Shoemaker, and im going to miss you. Thank you for Baptizing my daughter. The great times on the mission trips. I can go on and on. I will see you in Heaven one day. Praying for your family and friends..........My heart hurts........

Carrie Day (Oregonia, OH)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:50 PM

IMPOSSIBLE to describe or condense the AWESOME KINGDOM IMPACT this man had!! Rick possessed that ethereal quality of loving leadership that challenged all to emulate his obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ in sharing the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL. The love he had started at home with Elizabeth & his girls and radiated to the far-away places of Asia and Southeast Asia through his solicitous concern, counsel, and prayers for this eternally grateful brother who drunk deeply and profited GREATLY from the wells of encouragement that he pointed out to me in that pastoral way that was uniquely his. Now my brother's promotion has finally come through and he has joined that innumerable band of saints around the Lord's throne in the continuous peals that shout out PRAISES to the GLORY of HIM who sits upon the throne and the LOVE GIFT of HIS LAMB, JESUS CHRIST! I'm sure that Rick has and will have FOREVER the following words reverberating in the depths of his COMPLETED being, "WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!!"

Doug Martin (Corbin, KY)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6:59 PM

Brother Rick Shoemaker, our pastor, our teacher, our friend has gone to be with our Lord and my heart aches with the loss. Rick has always been there for our family through the good and the bad for over twenty-five years. He was always willing to listen, giving advice when it was warranted, never judging. Even our non Christian friends and family were comfortable with him. He led by example, leading many to Christ because they wanted some of what he so obviously had. He had a passion for Christ unlike any other person I have ever met. I will miss you Rick and look forward to seeing you again one day. I heard you say many times how you long to hear "well done good and faithful servant". I'm sure there is not a doubt in the minds of all who knew you that you will indeed hear those words. I love you my friend and will miss you terribly....until we meet again.

Sandy Albert (Vandalia, OH)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:29 PM

Rick was a great counselor, a very carrying person. He loved the Lord, he loved his family, he loved his church famiy and many other people. I loved to hear him laugh. He loved to have fun playing volleyball and of course winning. Of course he loved to give the referees a hard time.

Rena Holfinger (Piqua, OH)



Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:44 PM

Pastor Rick was a part of my life before I even existed, as he first befriended my parents and continued to grow and nuture their relationship into marriage. Most of my childhood memories are somehow mixed with images of FBC and ultimately, the joyous smile of Rick Shoemaker. I never saw him with a grin on his face, a kind word on his lips, and a ready-hug for each and every person he came in contact with. Though he hasn't been my pastor for 12+ years, he was and always will be my "home pastor," because of the love, the nurturing, and the impact he had in my life.

Rick counseled me through a childhood of loneliness and depression, while reminding me I was a unique and blessed child of God, and only as I grow older do I realize the impact and importance of his kind and wise words on my life. Rick was a gatherer, in the sense that he took strangers and made them family, and sheltered everyone under his wingspan. He was a father-like figure in the life of a childhood friend, and I can believe he was only one of the many, special children who felt the love so strongly from Rick.

Though thousands of miles seperated us, Rick took time to leave a comment on my Facebook page, or share some wisdom even to the end, and I can only say that to his last breath, he was worshipping His Lord through love. In the midst of this sadness, I know that a giant rave, heaven-style, is happening, because finally they are welcoming home this man, saying "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Christa Gessaman (Twin Falls, ID)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:08 PM

The last Sunday that this great man preached in our church. You would never doubt his faith in The Lord! I don't know how many times I went into his office with a question and I walked out with more information than I originally went in for. He help me through many problem I had in life and always knew just what to say. He was very loved and will be missed greatly! RIP Elmer!

Tiffani Pickard

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:03 PM

Lament for a beloved pastor: Rick Shoemaker was my friend and fellow servant in God’s kingdom work. We came into the ministry both as young men and have lived our lives doing what we love the most. I first met him as he gave a testimony at one of our association meetings many years ago. He made a statement that I have never forgotten and even included the setting for that statement in the book I have written. In giving his testimony about his first pastorate he said, “I thought everybody loved their pastor.” We all laughed and then he said, “Isn’t it sad that we find that statement funny.” I still remember the sincerity in his voice as he made that statement. Pastors ought to be loved simply because they are called by God to love and guide his people. Rick excelled at that. It is not my intent to make him more in death than he was in life. Rick was everything that God desires of his preachers. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with him shortly after his diagnosis. We talked of life and death, of ministry and family and of course our beloved Cleveland Browns. We discussed facing the future with his illness. We compared our cancer notes. We laughed much and cried much as well. Not from sorrow but from the awesome life we have been privileged to live being called pastors. Like all men of God he did not fear the death that has come. We talked about it being the culmination of our faith. It is the sorrow of leaving all that we love on this earth behind that makes death so harsh. That love certainly included his wife Elizabeth and his children. He talked so much of how he loved his family and how proud he was of their love for the Lord. He spoke with so much joy as he recounted for me how the people at church had come to minister to him and his family. I told him that it was a reflection of how he has loved them and guided them to be the saints that God has called them to be. Our afternoon passed too quickly, but what a great time it was to be with a friend who truly understood the gift that the word “Pastor” entails. I reminded him of the statement that he had made and I said, “Rick if ever I have known a pastor who was genuinely loved you are that man and you are also the most loving pastor I have ever been privileged to know. We prayed, we hugged, we cried. I did not know that it would be my goodbye. Peter tells us that there is a crown of glory for God’s pastors who have fulfilled their mission on earth. .”( I Peter 5:4) “When the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.” Rick’s earthly glory was the family that has followed him in the kingdom and the church that he has dearly loved and faithfully served all these years. I pray that God’s grace gives peace to his family and his church. Our hearts both break and rejoice at the same time. However, everyone who has known Rick now knows what a true pastor is. When I see my friend again he will be in his prime and he will be in his radiant splendor and wearing that crown of glory that he so richly deserves.

Dan Mullins

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:04 PM

My wife Lee Anne and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Elizabeth, Sarah, Jennifer, the family and the 1st Baptist Church family.

Rick was extremely proud of each one of you as he spoke about you while we played golf, shared a meal, counseled and prayed together. He loved you all very much. Like you, I will miss Rick dearly.

I first came in contact with Rick on the baseball field in high school and sometime later at a revival he was preaching at. Years later, Rick counseled me through some rough times, but it was at this time that we became close friends. His love for his Cleveland sports teams, golf and life itself was off the charts. However, Rick's love for his Savior Jesus Christ, Elizabeth, his family and his church was far greater.

Rick and I played golf together in a league and in various scrambles over the years. The conversations and fun we had will always be a source for comfort and peace in my life. Rick was a wonderful and Godly man.

When Rick began working in the Peacemakers Ministry, he asked me to come along side him and Wayne to be a prayer partner. Rick's passion for unity throughout all of God's churches was evident from the beginning. We'd cry as we prayed and chatted about possible solutions to the squabbles that were taking place in whatever church they were attempting to help reconcile differences in.

Rick's writing was something he dearly loved as well. He'd bounce ideas off me and read me paragraph after paragraph of what he had written. I will miss that. He was so proud when his works finally became published.

A couple of years ago, Rick married my wife and me. Another joyous occasion I was able to share with him officiating the ceremony. As he counseled and spoke with us beforehand, we could just feel his love, concern and desire for us to be happy and to serve the Lord, keeping Him in the center of our marriage commitment.

When Rick became aware of his condition, I sent him daily emails attempting to encourage him. One of the things I told was a saying I heard once "...if God leads you to it, He'll get you through it." Well Rick, God helped you across the Jordan River and as you spend time with Jesus, I'm sure you have that big smile on your face waiting for us to come and join you.

Thank you my friend.

Sonny Osborne (San Tan Valley, AZ)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:28 PM

After reading the story of Mr. Shoemaker and the expressions given by so many who knew and loved him, one can see that he was a devoted man who demonstrated his love for God. The passing of a loved one can bring great pain, but our loving Creator assures us to not be "amazed at death", because very soon "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out" ( John 5:28,29). Take comfort in this hope, as we all wait to see it fulfilled!

J Harris (IL)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:01 PM

Where do I even begin? How do I sum up a 15 plus year fellowship in a few lines of text?

Do I mention how he counseled and then married Vicki and me? Do I mention how he welcomed me as one of his own when I joined the church in 1999? Or how about the fact that he counseled our family through complicated times without judging us or batting an eye. Do I mention how he baptized my children, my wife and my mother? Do I talk about how he was there at the hospital on the morning of June 9, 2010 to break the news that Vicki had passed away to me and Jim? I’ll never forget that day – and the days, weeks, and months after when he shed just as many tears as I did when we talked about her. Or how about the many other countless times he ministered to me and mine? Rick was a member of my family plain and simple. He gave me much more than I ever gave in return.

It wasn’t all drama and counseling. Rick was a lot of fun and very competitive. He never missed an opportunity for a good natured old-fashioned ribbing at my expense. From teasing me during Jim’s Sunday school parties when I was his Rook partner to NEVER letting me forget that he’d won 3 championships in our fantasy football league when I’d won none.

I’ll miss working with him on projects like the Mystery Dinner Theatre and especially the Amazing Grace Race. Don’t let that charming Andy Griffith persona fool ya, he definitely had a mischievous side to him.

I’ve endured much on a personal level over the past 20 plus years. Now, I’m living a quiet stable life taking care of my family, pursuing an education, and serving my church. Though I credit God for seeing me through and getting me to this point, I’d be remiss in not crediting His instrument, Rick Shoemaker, who was so crucial in seeing me through very dark times.

Brother Rick embodied what a reflection of Jesus Christ should look like and set the example of how to live and love like a Christian should. I’m certain he’s heard the words. “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Goodbye old friend. I’ll see you again someday.

P.S. You know what REALLY stinks? If I ever do win a silly fantasy football championship, there’ll be an asterisk by it reading:

*Post Coach Shoe Era

Ben Rohm (New Carlisle, OH)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:48 AM

Katy loved Rick and he loved her! He adored her! She could light up his world with her smile and he looked forward to her hugs every week! My son Bobby was married by Pastor Rick. It truly became a joke that Katy was going to make this wedding VERY memorable because she insisted that SHE was going to marry Bobby. Although she loves Taylor very very much, this was HER brother and the love of her life. Katy also has a hard time following instructions so while she was a beautiful Bridesmaid, she was asked to stand on the duck taped X that was placed on the carpet just for her. Katy walked down the isle with her Daddy (Bobby's best man) and she glowed! I might also add... so did Rick when he saw her! We all waited every minute of the wedding for Katy to do or say something to make her stand! She didn't! She stood in her spot looking so happy and beautiful allowing the Bride to shine as she so deserved! When it was time to kiss the bride, Katy became... let's just say a little wiggly. Bobby and Taylor made their awesome exit as Mr. and Mrs. Sells and the wedding party started to follow in suit as practiced! Katy became even more excited as she began to dance around and giggle quite loud as to attract everyone's attention! I along with my father, Rick and the guest that knew Katy, began to worry as she had done so well until the very end and we knew she was about to explode with joy! You see, it wouldn't have mattered though, because we all love her so much and Rick, Taylor and her brother Bobby almost anticipated her next move. We almost looked forward to Katy making this wedding very memorable to say the least! Rick gave Katy his look as to say "Oh Katy, behave just one more minute!" However, when Katy saw that it was her turn to return back up the isle with her groomsmen, she squealed loudly, red faced with so much excitement, danced on her X, and said "RICK CATCH!" She threw up her bouquet, Rick caught it in mid air (just as red faced as Katy) and she took off running and laughing down the isle with out her groomsmen! Her groomsmen walked slowly back up the isle alone looking very embarrassed followed by Pastor Rick (who was PURPLE by this point) laughing uncontrollably as he announced to all the guest... "FIRST BOUQUET I HAVE EVER HAD TO CATCH, GOTTA LOVE OUR KATY! "IF YOUR BLESSER IS NOT BLESSED THEN IT MUST BE BROKEN!" Although it was my sons wedding and it was so very special and beautiful... Rick and Katy stole the ending and NO ONE would have wanted it any different!

Jonna Sells (Huber Heights, OH)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:57 AM

This man was one of the greatest men this world has ever seen. He went home to be with Jesus and we ALL miss him terribly. I can see the look on his face when he got up to heaven and saw what surrounded him. I can imagine him saying "I'm Home." He was the best Pastor FBCNC could ever have and it's going to be difficult without him being there. He was the most gracious, caring, helpful, and wonderful pastor I have ever met. He will be missed a lot, I just can't imagine the world without Pastor Rick. He's celebrating up in heaven so I try not to be selfish and wallow in my own pity. He's having an AMAZING time in heaven right now with loved ones he couldn't wait to see! I'll stop my entry with a verse that everyone should come to know when you realize where this amazing man is right now:

Philippians 4:7
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Katie Graham (New Carlisle, OH)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:48 AM

2 Timothy 4:7-8:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing-

Rejoicing that Pastor Shoemaker is with our Savior, and continued prayers for his family!

Tracy Wilson (Springfield, OH)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:40 AM

We know Rick from our days at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky. Rick was the instrument that God used to bring us both to Cumberland. Our lives and paths crossed many times over the years, eventhough we lived in different States and places most of the time. He was truly a man of God and Elizabeth was such a vital part of him and his ministry in every way. He like most of us Grandparents was so proud of his Grandchildren and truly were joys in his and Elizabeth's lives. We will meet you again Rick and until then we pray for Elizabeth, his daughters, his Church and Church family and his multitude of friends throughout our nation. Until then, Tom and Lynn

Tom and Lynn Sparks (Frankfort, KY)



Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:34 AM

This morning, my pastor, role model and a true servant of the Lord, Rick Shoemaker, left this earth and is now residing in his new, wonderful home. I can only imagine how so many people were there ready to greet him, Joe being one of them, and it makes my heart full of happiness knowing that they both are there, worshiping and magnifying our God in such splendor, and with an incomparable amount of joy!

One thing that I admired deeply about my dear pastor is that he truly did what he was called to do: to "go and preach the gospel to all nations." Rick had a constant and passionate drive to tell people about Christ's saving power. He was passionate about teaching his congregation at First Baptist Church of New Carlisle along with numerous amounts of people on how to become a great church, and how important it is to know your testimony so that you could tell other people about Christ. He wanted everybody to have this happiness and joy of having a future and a hope like he does, and like I do. One of the big reasons I decided to make that life changing decision and truly believe is because of Rick. This man gave me research and tons of information regarding any questions I had about my faith and biblical information. He made me want to own my faith, because it is of the utmost importance to know what you believe in and be able to stand up for what you know is right, even though the world around you may be saying otherwise.

For myself, I hope to one day be able to have just an inch of the impact that he's had on the countless number of people that have met and got to know Rick. To be able to reach people the way he did, it is truly a gift from God. As a church, I hope and pray fervently that we take on the mindset of how I think Rick felt about FBCNC: take everything to Christ in prayer, and to CONSTANTLY be thinking of how we as a body of Christ can make our ministries reach the people of our community so our church can grow, and we can do our jobs that God has called us to do. As a church, we need to have the mindset of "we, not me," and start stepping up our game of focusing on the needs of others and not on the needs of satisfying ourselves.

Love you and miss you, Pastor Rick.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18

Rebecca Graham (New Carlisle, OH)

Monday, October 28, 2013 10:53 PM

I am sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the promise that soon death will be no more... and never again will we have to bury our love ones again. (Rev.21:3,4).


Monday, October 28, 2013 9:50 PM

Since the fifth grade Rick and I crossed paths. In high school we shared moments in passing word of our savior Jesus. Rick has truely kept the faith, ran the gospel race, and fought the good fight. His moving on still weighs heavy at this time. However, his life has just begun. Praise Jesus! Rick is alive.

Phil Marker (Miamisburg, OH)