On a hot July day in 1961, the 20th to be exact which was on a Thursday, Mardell Shipp came in to this world.  She didn’t come alone though.  She was accompanied by her twin brother, Darnell.  She was born and 19 minutes later, he made his arrival.  This blessed event happened in Elizabethtown, Ky.
The proud parents of these two were Elaine and Claude Shipp.  Three siblings, Diane, Carolyn and Wayne, on a farm in Upton, Ky. waited anxiously for the baby to come home.  Yes, baby, not babies. You see, there was supposed to just be one baby according to the doctor but Mrs. Shipp had already suspected two.  She always told the story about the baby staying up all night and all day and had too many elbows and knees for just one. She said, “If this is one baby, there is something bad wrong with it.”  She should have known; she had three other children.  Since the doctor was wrong, he only charged them for the birth of one baby. 
Mardell attended school in Munfordville, Ky.  She graduated from Hart County High and attended Western Kentucky University where she graduated with a B.S. Degree in Textiles and Clothing Merchandising and an Area of Concentration in Business. 
She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  In college, she met her future husband, Micheal Redd.  They married in 1985 on Mardell’s 24th birthday.
Mardell and Micheal first made their home in Bowling Green, KY but later moved to Goodlettsville, TN.  They found Tennessee to be a good place to live and are still there.
Mardell’s life, like everyone else, has had it up’s and down’s, good times and bad times but the good has definitely outweighed the bad.  She knows that as long as she keeps her hand in God’s most capable hands everything will be all right.  She looks to Him for strength daily and is thankful for the many promises He has made in His Word. 
The prayer journal she completed is a result of prayer and her wanting others to know the importance of spending time with God on a regular basis.  She knows that attending church, Sunday school and bible study are great but spending time alone with God is a must to get to know Him better.