In 1997, under the leadership of HSLDA, Mrs.Christy Shipe helped launch the debate program that would one day become NCFCA. Mrs. Shipe currently serves as the Chairman of the NCFCA Board of Directors and a member of the Debate Committee. After homeschooling through high school, Christy competed in both value and policy debate with the Cedarville University debate club and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science. Mrs. Shipe has authored two debate textbooks as well as the NCFCA Policy and Value Debate curricula. In her spare time, she serves as a worship leader and classical piano teacher. Christy and her husband Richard have five children, one of whom is currently competing in the NCFCA.