Eddie and Kelly Baugher, who raised four daughters and built a successful commercial sign business before leaving Oklahoma to pursue a higher calling, will begin their service as Racers for Christ Chaplains to the NHRA Camping World national drag racing series April 16-18 with the 21st running of the DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

On behalf of RFC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary and beginning their 40th year of service at NHRA national events, the Baughers will tend to the spiritual needs of drivers, crew members, officials, manufacturers, sponsors and spectators.

Their responsibilities will include offering the invocation prior to the start of racing at all events on the Camping World tour, conducting on-site Sunday chapel services, directing bible studies and offering emotional support and counseling to those in distress. Additionally, Kelly Baugher will lead the women’s ministries.

The Baughers sold their business in 2014 and moved from Sand Springs, a suburb of Tulsa, to Arizona after Eddie accepted a position as RFC’s Field Ministry Director. He subsequently was promoted to Executive Director before succeeding Larry Smiley as President in 2018.

After attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri on a music scholarship and later studying on-line at Summit Bible College, Eddie was ordained as a minister through Life Park Christian Fellowship in Tulsa in 2009. He began serving as a volunteer Chaplain with RFC shortly thereafter and ultimately was joined by his wife.

For six years, the Baughers served as Chaplains in the Lucas Oil Arizona Regional Off-Road Series. They also ministered at boat races, circle track races, quarter midget races, car shows and at every level of NHRA drag racing.

“We are both very excited with the prospect of serving in this new capacity,” Eddie said, “helping meet the spiritual, emotional and practical needs of the staff, racers, crew members and families as well as the fans who are all part of the NHRA family.”