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FP Podcast Episode 61: Jeff Grenell

FP Podcast Episode 61: Jeff Grenell

September 22, 2020

After 4 decades of Youth Leadership, Jeff Grenell founded ythology to raise the level of Youth Leadership. ythology exists to educate, resource, and inspire youth and to train youth leaders to prepare the NextGen to lead in the Church and the world. Jeff has also written the book, #IfJobHadTwitter: When Hardship Hits the Palace

FP Podcast Episode 60: Brad Lomenick

FP Podcast Episode 60: Brad Lomenick

September 15, 2020

Brad Lomenick is a producer, entrepreneur, speaker, sought-after leadership advisor, author and longtime president of Catalyst, largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and gatherings in the world.

For over 10 years, Brad led the Catalyst Conference movement and garnered the reputation as a convener of America's most respected leaders. Lomenick has more than two decades of experience convening and inspiring leaders in conference experiences, as well as working alongside and interviewing some of the most influential leaders in the world, including notable voices such as Jim Collins, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, John Maxwell, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Burnett and Tony Dungy, among others.

In 2013, he published his first book, The Catalyst Leader, and in 2015 his second book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. He is currently working on a third book entitled Start With Who: The Power of the Connected Leader. He has been featured in TIME, Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, CNN.com, INC, Fox News, Relevant, Religion News Service, and others. For more information, visit bradlomenick.com
 
FP Podcast Episode 59: Brad Schelling shares his journey to First Priority

FP Podcast Episode 59: Brad Schelling shares his journey to First Priority

September 8, 2020

Brad serves as our Director of Ministry. He spends most of his day working with the new FP coordinators, alongside Mark Roberts. Brad’s goal is to help local communities take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement around their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with First Priority. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill.

FP Podcast Episode 58: Kim Erkonen shares a prayer for our community and schools

FP Podcast Episode 58: Kim Erkonen shares a prayer for our community and schools

August 18, 2020
Kim and her husband, Scott, have four children and have made Brandon their home for nearly 20 years. Sharing their blessings with others and spreading the love of Jesus Christ is foundational to their family. Their oldest son introduced them to First Priority over 6 years ago and they have been actively involved in the program ever since. Kim currently serves as President of First Priority of the Great Plains and City Director for Brandon. Her passion is to educate and work together with the community to reach our kids for Christ. Both Kim, Scott, and their children serve in First Priority and FP Kids every week.
FP Podcast Episode 57: FP is Pure Relationship

FP Podcast Episode 57: FP is Pure Relationship

August 11, 2020

Brad serves as our Director of Ministry. He spends most of his day working with the new FP coordinators, alongside Mark Roberts. Brad’s goal is to help local communities take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement around their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with First Priority. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill.

FP Podcast Episode 56: Prayer Gathering

FP Podcast Episode 56: Prayer Gathering

August 4, 2020

Steve Cherrico, FP Director of Greater Nashville, talks with Brad Schelling, FP Director of Ministry, about the Tennessee Weekend of Prayer and how people can pray over students, teachers and staff, parents, and schools as we begin the new school year. 

FP Podcast Episode 55: Church Networking with Shane Kenney Part 2

FP Podcast Episode 55: Church Networking with Shane Kenney Part 2

July 27, 2020

Shane Kenney, FP Director Permian Basin, has been working with students since 1998. He has served as a youth pastor in Florida for many years as well coaching at the local school. It was during that time that he got a burden for campus ministry. In February of 2011 he joined First Priority in West Florida. In July of 2013 he moved his family to West Texas to become the Executive Director in the Permian Basin. Shane lives in Odessa, TX with his wife, Natalie and oldest daughter Tori. His youngest daughter Tristan currently lives in Anchorage, AK.

FP Podcast Episode 54: Church Networking with Shane Kenney part 1

FP Podcast Episode 54: Church Networking with Shane Kenney part 1

July 21, 2020

Shane Kenney, FP Director Permian Basin, has been working with students since 1998. He has served as a youth pastor in Florida for many years as well coaching at the local school. It was during that time that he got a burden for campus ministry. In February of 2011 he joined First Priority in West Florida. In July of 2013 he moved his family to West Texas to become the Executive Director in the Permian Basin. Shane lives in Odessa, TX with his wife, Natalie and oldest daughter Tori. His youngest daughter Tristan currently lives in Anchorage, AK.

FP Podcast Episode 53: Carina Deshotels shares her story and heart for lost kids

FP Podcast Episode 53: Carina Deshotels shares her story and heart for lost kids

July 14, 2020
Carina Deshotels is the Pinellas County Director for First Priority of Tampa Bay. She is passionate about others knowing God's love, joy, and purpose that comes through growing strong in His word. 
 
She and her husband, Beau, have two beautiful children: Landon (14 years old) and McKenzie (11 years old). She loves encouraging students, good conversations, spontaneous adventures, and flowers of all kinds. 
FP Podcast Episode 52: Jeff Stanford

FP Podcast Episode 52: Jeff Stanford

July 7, 2020

Jeff Stanford started working for First Priority 10 years ago in South Florida. He just recently packed up and moved his family to Springfield, MO to launch First Priority in that area. He is a student ministry veteran, having served 12 years full time in the local church and the last 10 with First Priority. 

Jeff has been married to Brandi for 21 years and has 2 kids Courtney (18) and Austin (13). He is a proud alum of Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary. His passion is helping students get equipped, encouraged and engaged in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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