Hosts of the FP Podcast Steve Cherrico and Brad Schelling share about connection and conversation at our National Conference where FP directors, coordinators, campus coaches and many more gather each year.
Ory Hampton has been on staff at The Healing Place Church since 2017. He and Kassady have been married since 2011, and they have one son, Chasen. Ory answered the call to preaching ministry at age 17, and has a huge passion for training up the next generation of church ministry leaders. He is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry, with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, from Lee University. He is also the director of LEAD Alabama, a ministry training program in partnership with Church of God International Youth & Discipleship, Lee University, and the Church of God School of Ministry. Ory loves Alabama football, Atlanta Braves baseball, reading books and traveling with his family.
Paul Taylor Smith has a business degree and is the Founder and Owner of Frvr Free. He started out on the path to owning a Chick-fil-A store when God laid ministry on his heart. He felt the Lord was telling him to create, write and record music for the church, to pastor groups of people, and travel and let the message of freedom be known.
The Mission of Frvr Free is: We’ve been set free to set others free.
This ministry lives by a set of 5 core values.
- Choosing Freedom over Fear
- Honor over Envy
- Oneness over Sameness
- Abiding over Striving
- Choose God over Everything
Frvr Free creates space for the spirit of God to set people free.
Adam Robertson currently serves as President of Commercial Bank located Harrogate, Tennessee. In his 22 years at the bank, he has served in various capacities throughout the bank. During his tenure, the Bank has grown from 7 offices to 27 and the Bank’s assets have increased dramatically from $150 million to $1.3 billion. In addition to his duties at Commercial Bank, Adam is a small business owner and developer.
Adam is a graduate of Belmont University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He and his wife, Cindi, reside in Speedwell, Tennessee with their two children, Olivia and Noah.
Mark Roberts serves as Associate Director for First Priority of America. He spends most of his days equipping and training pastors to start First Priority chapters and working with the team that serves the local communities across the country. He was part of the team that developed the first major FP local city over 25 years ago in Birmingham, AL. He has an extensive background in student leadership training through organizations like: Student Leadership University, N.A.M.B., and Northpoint Community Church. He has spoken to thousands of teenagers and adults over the years, sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the call to be a missionary on their school campus.
Mark currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Tonya. They have two sons, Hayden and Cole.
Phillip has worked in student, music, and evangelism ministry in both local and traveling organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi since 2002. He was first introduced to First Priority as a high school student in 1999, then as a campus coach in 2010, and joined the First Priority ArkLaTex staff in January of 2015. Phillip loves to network with ministry leaders and equip students to become missionaries to their local schools. Phillip lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife Alisha and their three sons, Dylan, Jude, and Shepherd.
Joel Rowland has been the Director of First Priority Clayton, NC for the past four years. Joel, along with his wife Amber have felt the call of God to move their family to Colorado to answer their passionate calling to revive and rebuild the First Priority Front Range Region.
Joel and Amber have been married for 12 years. They love playing music, exploring the outdoors, reading, and finding joy in the simple things of life. Lincoln is 4 years old. He loves baseball (Colorado Rockies), Superheroes, the Zoo, and anything he can explore outdoors. Lincoln has an Aussie named Zuma (his very own dog from Paw Patrol!).
Joel and Amber have been serving and leading faith-based organizations since their teenage years. They have also experienced some life-changing tragedies including the death of Joel’s parents at 20 years old, the loss of Amber’s Father as a child, and the loss of their own child. Their hope and joy were found in Jesus through these tragedies.
Joel is currently on the journey of becoming a Hebrew Scholar with a Master of Hebraic Context of the Bible and Biblical Linguistics through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer for the John Maxwell Team and holds a certificate in Apologetics with the Ravi Zacharias Institute of Ministry. He has also enjoyed time studying abroad in Israel and serving in Ecuador with Samaritan’s Purse. Amber is currently developing her ministry skills through the Vineyard Institute.
Natalie has served alongside her husband Shane in youth ministry for the past 20 years. She has a burden to reach lost people with the Gospel and uses that passion to train students to be missionaries on their campus.
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
Jeff Stanford is the Lead Director for First Priority in Palm Beach County. He is a 20 year student ministry veteran, having served 12 years full time in the local church and the last 8 with First Priority. He also serves as a middle school guys group leader at Coastal Life Church in Palm City, FL.
Jeff has been married to Brandi for 20 years and has 2 kids Courtney (17) and Austin (12). 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.