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FP Podcast Episode 39: Student Led Ministry

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Steve Cherrico Executive Director FP Greater Nashville

Steve Cherrico is the Executive Director of First Priority Greater Nashville. Each day he works to equip, cross-train and serve the local Church throughout 9 counties in Greater Nashville. His goal is to help the local church unite around a plan of action so that every student in every school in this region experiences the Hope of Christ from a peer on their school campus.

Steve has been married to his wife Jessi since 1998. They have 3 children ages 15 (Justus), 12 (Nathan) and  8 (Corina). In his free time, Steve enjoys coaching his kids youth sport teams, supporting international missions teams, reading and participating in recreational sports.

FP Podcast Episode 38: Is it legal for students to gather at school to share the Gospel?

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Brad Schelling Director of Ministry

Brad serves as our Director of Expansion. 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 37: Church Networking

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Steve Cherrico, Executive Director FP Greater Nashville

Steve Cherrico is the Executive Director of First Priority Greater Nashville. Each day he works to equip, cross-train and serve the local Church throughout 9 counties in Greater Nashville. His goal is to help the local church unite around a plan of action so that every student in every school in this region experiences the Hope of Christ from a peer on their school campus.

Steve has been married to his wife Jessi since 1998. They have 3 children ages 15 (Justus), 12 (Nathan) and  8 (Corina). In his free time, Steve enjoys coaching his kids youth sport teams, supporting international missions teams, reading and participating in recreational sports.

FP Podcast Episode 36: “How do we reach young men in a culture that promotes isolation every single day”

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Kore Bendix, Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism

Kore Bendix is the Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia – a suburb of Washington, DC.  Kore has served in multiple positions within churches large and small in his 17 years of ministry, but his greatest passion is helping young people discover how extravagant and audacious the grace of Jesus is.
He met and married his beautiful wife Heather 18 years ago while studying at Liberty University and has four children ranging from 16 to 10.  He recently completed his Masters in Theological Studies at Regent University and fancies himself a wanna-be athlete even though he’s getting ancient, having completed several half ironman races along with two Marathon finishes.

FP Podcast Episode 35: Roundtable with Joel Rowland discussing the Enneagram

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Joel Rowland Executive Director FP Front Range

Joel and his family are following their passion to plant First Priority Range. Joel and Amber have been married for 13 years. They enjoy playing music, exploring the outdoors, and finding joy in the simple things of life. Lincoln is 4. He loves baseball, Hot Wheels, Star Wars, and anything fun. He has an Australian Shepherd named Zuma.

Joel and Amber have walked through life-changing tragedies including the loss of Joel’s parents, Amber’s father, and a devastating miscarriage. They are passionate about sharing the hope and healing they have found in Christ. They have served in ministry together over 13 years including Lead Pastors of a Church Plant, Prison Chaplains, Founders of a Non-Profit for at risk kids, Drug Court Representatives, and most recently, Executive Director of First Priority in North Carolina.

Joel is a Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team and Certified in Apologetics with the Ravi Zacharias Institute. He is currently on the journey of becoming a Scholar in the Hebraic Context of the Bible and Biblical Linguistics through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has enjoyed studying abroad in Israel, Canada, and Ecuador with Operation Christmas Child. Amber has worked with youth and at risk women and has ministry skills through Vineyard Institute.

The Rowland family have a passion to missional lives of love that bring hope to their community.

Below you will find the documents referenced in this podcast.

Can-the-Enneagram-Make-You-a-More-Effective-Leader

Enneagram-Spiritual-Formation-Plan

Enneagram Cheat Sheet

Enneagram Notes

FP Podcast Episode 34: Curtis Zackery “CZ” talks about finding rest for your soul

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Curtis Zackery, Author, Communicator, Pastor

My story contains a bunch of twists and turns that have shaped who I am today. It began when I was born and raised in New Jersey. It took a beautiful turn when I started running with Jesus in college. It continues today with a focused sense of purpose:

To invite people into the story of God, so they feel seen, known, and loved.

I’ve had the privilege of opening the word, serving, and working with some super cool folks, partnering in pointing to hope. It’s a beautiful mystery as to why the Lord has allowed me to experience such grace, but I’m just a beggar trying to show other beggars where the bread is.

Along the way, I wrote a book called “Soul Rest” that came from a season of deep learning and growing. It connects to my absolute belief that God’s desire for humanity is that we would find rest in His finished work. I’ve had some fantastic opportunities to share this hope with churches, ministries, businesses, and organizations around the country.

When I have the time, I enjoy reading, running and exploring coffee and food spots around the country. I live in Franklin, Tennessee with the love of my life, Monique, and my two boys, Noah and Micah.

FP Podcast Episode 33: Mary Margaret West author of Show Her the Way: Your Guide to Discipling Teen Girls

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Mary Margaret West, Author of Show Her the Way: Your Guide to Discipling Teen Girls

Mary Margaret West served as the Girls Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, which basically means that teenage girls and the women who lead them are her favorite people on the planet. She has a passion to equip girls and women to dive deeply into God’s word and live out their calling, and does this by training, consulting, and speaking to women and student ministry leaders across the United States. Mary Margaret is the author of Show Her the Way: Your Guide to Discipling Teen Girls, is a former Girls Minister, and holds a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mary Margaret and her husband Jonathan just recently moved to Florida where she works as a Bible Instructor for 7th and 8th grades.

FP Podcast Episode 32: Nate Stucky talks about his book “Wrestling with Rest”

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Nate Stucky, Director Farminary Project

Nathan Stucky serves as Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He grew up on a farm in Kansas where his love for Christian faith and agriculture first took root. After earning a B.A. in Music from Bethel College (KS), Nathan spent six years doing ecumenical youth ministry on the eastern shore of Maryland, and two years farming back in Kansas. After farming, Nathan earned an M.Div. and a Ph.D. (Practical Theology, Christian Education and Formation) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath, and he lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.

FP Podcast Episode 31: Marketing tips

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Scott Emerine, Co-founder Branding Iron Marketing

Scott Emerine, M.Sc., is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Branding Iron Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, a full-service agency with expertise in financial, health care and aviation marketing. As Co-Owner of Branding Iron, Emerine manages media relations and public relations for clients throughout the world. Emerine’s clients have been featured in some of the largest media outlets in the world.

Scott received his Master of Science Degree in Health Care Communications in 2010 from Boston University and was in the inaugural graduating class. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University. 

He resides in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife Joy and their three sons, two of which are First Priority leaders. He is a Church of God Ordained Bishop and serves as Associate Pastor at Covenant Fellowship in Bristol, Virginia. He has served as the President of the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee Board of Directors, served as Chair of Public Relations for the American Advertising Federation District 7, was Chairman of the Board for the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Board for First Priority Blue Ridge.

Emerine currently serves on the executive board for the United Way of Bristol TN/VA, is Chairman of First Priority Blue Ridge, serves as the Bristol TN/VA Area Director for First Priority Blue Ridge and the Bristol Morning Rotary Club. He also serves as the Vice Chairmen of the Board for Covenant Fellowship. 

FP Podcast Episode 30: Fundraising Friendships; investing in other people

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Mark Robbins, FP Executive Director

Mark serves as the Executive Director of First Priority. He spends most of his day managing the organizational side of the ministry, including fundraising and board development. He was the initiator and director of First Priority Tri-States, the 2nd oldest FP chapter. Mark and his wife Michelle manage their own small business, therefore, Mark brings years of experience in business management to First Priority of America. Mark resides in eastern Kentucky with his wife, Michelle. Mark and Michelle have three children, Nathaniel & Mikaela (Robbins) Gray, Morgan, and Micah. They also have two grandchildren, Sadie B. and Beckham.