Shocco announces new board members

Randy Hagan and Scott Bell are the newest members added to Shocco Springs' board of trustees.
Randy Hagan (left) and Scott Bell (right) are the two newest members of the Shocco Springs board of trustees.
Photos courtesy of Laurie Mullinax

Shocco announces new board members

Shocco Springs is pleased to announce the two newest members of the ministry’s board of trustees, Randy Hagan and Scott Bell.

Shocco’s board members provide a vital service by managing the business affairs of the ministry and overseeing the decisions made by the executive director. 

Randy Hagan

Randy Hagan has had considerable exposure to Shocco Springs during his 50+ years of ministry. He began preaching at the age of 14, married his wife Mary Alice at 19, and was called as pastor of Keener Baptist Church in Attalla when he was 21 years old. 

During his many subsequent years of pastorship, he attended conferences at Shocco and even ministered as the RA campus pastor for a couple of years. Randy later served 12 years as director of missions for the Coosa River Baptist Association.

While at Hepzibah Baptist Church in Talladega, Randy was pastor to several future Shocco employees including a young Russell Klinner (Shocco’s executive director) and John Hubbard (Shocco board member). Randy is proud of the fact that he introduced Ricky and Giny Dial to each other while they were young people in his church. Ricky and Giny are one of Shocco’s married couples who live and work on campus.

Married for 50 years, Randy and Mary Alice have two children and two grandchildren. Randy is currently interim pastor at Antioch Baptist Church in Oxford.

Randy noted, “Shocco has had such a strong reputation down through the years and is as nice of a place as anywhere in the United States.” He is proud of how leadership is committed to modernizing and growing Shocco’s facilities. He added, “I love Shocco, and I am honored to now be a part of it as a board member.”

Scott Bell

Growing up attending Baptist churches, Scott Bell has been familiar with Shocco Springs since childhood. However, his first true experience with Shocco came much later when Scott moved to Talladega in 1998 to work with Alabama Power Company. In his position, Scott was responsible for customer service within Talladega, Munford and the surrounding area. Since Shocco Springs is one of the largest customers in that area, keeping the power working on campus was a top priority for him.

Scott first stayed on campus for a Leadership Talladega Conference about 20 years ago and he has continued to regularly attend conferences and retreats since that time, especially choir events and kids camps with his church, First Baptist Church Pelham.

Married since 1996, Scott and his wife Andie have six children ranging in age from 11 to 25 years old. All of his children have visited Shocco throughout the years, enjoying retreats and conferences with children’s honor choir, Mix and Remix, and kids and youth camps.

Scott is now principal engineer at Alabama Power in Birmingham. Although he has moved away from Talladega, Scott has remained involved with Shocco by attending retreats, camps and conferences, and through his solid friendship with Executive Director Russell Klinner.

“I love Shocco and I am glad to be a part of the board of trustees,” said Scott. He added, “I look forward to learning more about how I can give back to Shocco in this new capacity.”

EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Laurie Mullinax.