Rev. Roger Michael Shields received The Call from his Lord to preach the gospel at the age of 23 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and answered His second calling at 9:30 pm, Friday, October 30, 2020, into His glorious presence from the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
The eldest of three children, he was born on April 15, 1939, to Roger and Mary Jo Miller Shields, and was known by all as “Mickey.” He married the love of his life, Madelyn Ruth (Anderson) Shields, on January 9, 1960, in Louisville, Kentucky. Always inseparable in life and in ministry, they enjoyed 61 years together and were blessed with four children, Roger Michael Shields II (Tish), Amy Michelle Shields Wade (Doug), Augustus Keen Shields (Nesha), and Josh Nicholas Shields (Janice).
Brother Shields was ordained as a minister in the Pentecostal Church and was licensed with the International Ministerial Association (IMA). A student of the word of the Lord from an early age, he was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Spirit at the age of 19 at the Christian Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rev. Shields studied the scriptures under Rev. Paul Jordan and Rev. Millard Shields while pastoring the Medora Pentecostal Church in Medora, Indiana; and under Rev. A. G. Anderson in Louisville, Kentucky. In Parkersburg, W. Virginia, he pastored the Apostolic United Pentecostal Church and then in 1976, he pioneered the Apostolic Gospel Tabernacle, where he pastored for 42 years, serving as senior pastor for 3 years. He encouraged thousands of the faithful and baptized hundreds of wonderful brothers and sisters throughout the years in the lovely name of Jesus Christ.
Mickey was also gifted with a beautiful voice, and played the guitar and loved to sing hymns to his Lord and his God.
In addition to his wife, Madelyn, and four children, he is survived by two sisters: Chattie Shields Jordan and Jerilynne Shields Loy; thirteen grandchildren: Julianna Wade LoPorto (John); Parke Shields (Sarah); Bethani Shields Head (Trent); Zachary Wade, Keena Shields Melton (Derek); Jordan Shields (Tonya); Gus Shields (Carly); Morgan Shields, Sawyer Shields, Mickey Belle Shields, Regan Shields, Crystal Head Howerton (Chase) and Kimberly Head Wiley; and fifteen great grandchildren: Madelyn & Alex LoPorto; Keegan & Emree Melton; Poppy, Tommy & Roune Shields; Isaac & Madison Head; Ellie Fern Shields; Evelyn Joy Shields; Cambry & Creed Howerton; and Avery & Oliver Wiley; and many loving nieces and nephews, and extended family. Mickey took great delight in seeing all his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren become active in ministry and in their home church.
He was the owner and founder of Triple S Feeds, and he loved to ride horses, bird hunt and fish. He owned Black Angus cattle and loved working them and was a member of the Cattlemen’s Association of Pope County. A cowboy at heart, he enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour and calling the Hogs – Arkansas Razorbacks.
Much to the surprise of his friends, Mickey was an accomplished quilter and a member of the American Quilters Society and the Mt. George Home Extension program of the University of Arkansas.
Mickey loved people and enjoyed celebrating special occasions with friends and loved ones on holidays, at graduations, and birthdays. He was loyal to and proud of his Lord, his family and his country, the great United States of America, and sang the “Star Spangled Banner” (National Anthem) with tears in his eyes.
“He has fought the good fight, he has finished his race” and has “joined that great cloud of witnesses”, and standing fast in eternity, as he did in this life, is encouraging all of us “to also lay aside every weight and to run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”
Memorial donations may be sent to: Apostolic Gospel Tabernacle, P.O. Box 1761, Russellville, Arkansas 72811.
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