The Rev. Bobby Shives was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, and raised in Western Maryland. He enjoys history, college football (Roll Tide, Go Mountaineers), and listening to all kinds of genres of music, bluegrass, heavy metal, and smooth jazz, all mood dependent.

After graduating from Hancock High School, he attended 1 semester at Hagerstown Jr. College. He decided to join the Army and spent 20 years in the service. His service time was spent as a military policeman with specialties in all areas of K9 operations, he also spent a tour as a drill sergeant, and finished his career as a First Sergeant. While on Active Duty Bobby was awarded his AS in General studies with a minor in military science from Gadsden State, and a BS in Criminal Justice from Troy University.

During this time of transition, Bobby started to discern his call towards ministry with the help of his wife’s brother, The Rev. Keith Butler. Bobby continued to serve the government as a contractor for DOD, and FEMA. During this time he was awarded an MS in Counseling from Jacksonville State University.  He then accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service in Washington DC as a Security Specialist.

His discernment continued and in 2014 he entered into an M.Div. program with Regent University, graduated in 2016, and entered into the discernment process toward the priesthood. He was ordained as a deacon in June 2017, and a priest in December 2017.

He resides in Middleway with his wife, 2 geriatric cats-Plumpy & Mocha, 1 feral cat-Woody, 1 blind Bassett hound-Sophie, and a large slobbering bloodhound-Mable Mae. Bobby and his wife have 3 adult children and are grandparents.