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Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy Names New Chaplain

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:00 AM
  • General
Primary Focus to be Turfway Park

LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 11, 2012 – Bobby Ray Aldridge has been selected as race track chaplain for Northern Kentucky by the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. He succeeds Chaplain Tom Farley, Jr., who recently retired.

In the position, which is effectively immediately, Aldridge will primarily serve at Turfway Park in Florence, where he will minister to the spiritual and physical needs of track workers and build relationships within the racing community. He also will seek to connect with local churches in Northern Kentucky who may be interested in getting involved with the track's ministry.

Aldridge, a native and long-time resident of Kentucky, previously served in a similar position at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

Aldridge's ministry experience also includes serving as chaplain at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington and at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. He has served as a missionary in Brazil and Mexico, where he helped to establish new churches, and has served as pastor at traditional churches in Kentucky.

"We are very blessed to have Bobby serving our Northern Kentucky area," says Pam Sears, president of the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. "Bobby has many talents that the Lord can use in ministering to the racing community."

Aldridge said his first priority at Turfway Park is to gain the trust of the racing community through "consistent and faithful hard work that is first honoring to God and for the benefit and blessing of all involved."

Aldridge is optimistic about any challenges he may face in his new position, saying, "Let's be ready to do the work that we know to do today and watch for God's hand in overcoming future obstacles, so we can say as overcomers what great things He has done for us."

Aldridge is a graduate of Lexington Baptist College. He and his wife, Jane, have a home in Nicholasville, Ky. He welcomes invitations from Northern Kentucky churches to speak about his work as a chaplain at Turfway Park.

To schedule a speaking engagement with Chaplain Aldridge, please contact the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy at (502) 387-2148 or email


About the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy (KRTC) – The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry serving workers at Kentucky's race tracks and horse training centers. For more information, please go to our web site at You also are invited to connect with us on our Facebook page, which provides regular updates on the ministry’s varied activities.

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