Residence Manager: Roy Shatwell
Roy grew up between Arkansas, Missouri, and California. Like his youngest brother Rob, Roy was born into a family plagued by addiction. Roy began drinking alcohol at age 13 and experienced his first overdose shortly after. His first arrest came at age 15. By age 24, he was introduced to diet pills which soon after turned into methamphetamine. After breaking his neck in an accident, he turned to pain pills.
For Roy, life was an endless cycle of drugs, alcohol, arrests, hospitalizations, and homelessness. All the while, when Roy was sober and clear minded, he knew that Jesus was reaching out to him and had a calling on his life. Roy graduated a local recovery program and spent four years working on staff there ministering to the other men in the program. After that, he spent 14 months at The Other Side Ministry in Heber Springs participating in the program and working as a staff member.
He has been trained and mentored by the amazing team from The Other Side and WeCan ministries. Roy’s heart is discipleship, spending time one on one with each man and pouring into them with God’s word. His kind and compassionate heart, passion for the gospel, and his desire to build up and encourage broken men will be a tremendous asset to The Woodshed ministry and to the kingdom of God!