Pastor Shelly Riker

IMG_8365Pastor Shelly was born and raised in Palmetto, Florida and graduated from Palmetto High School, where she excelled as a softball player.  She went to the University of South Florida in Tampa where she was privileged to play on a four-year softball scholarship.  She graduated from USF with her bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She worked as a substance abuse and mental health counselor for six years. Pastor Shelly fell in love with God from a very young age, it is her hearts desire to see people captivated, restored, and fulfilled by the radical, zealous, and unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Pastor Shelly has been involved with youth ministry for over ten years.  She also has a great desire to see people linked with their passions and giftings and equipping them to further The Kingdom Of God.   Pastor Shelly has served as the youth pastor for COTR since May 2010 and took on the responsibility of Executive Pastor in May 2011.