Christy Shipe and her husband Richard have been married for 19 years. They have five children.
One of the Shipe children is currently competing in NCFCA. Christy was homeschooled through high school; graduated summa cum laude with a BA in political science from Cedarville University in 1998 and received the Edmund Burke award for social sciences. She participated on the Cedarville debate team for 3 years and is the author of two debate textbooks and producer of companion video.