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FP Podcast Episode 9: Greg Stier

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Greg Stier, Founder and CEO, Dare 2 Share Ministries

Greg Stier is the founder and president of Dare 2 Share ministries. Greg has a reputation for knowing and relating to today’s teens in unique and effective ways. Because of his 25+ years in youth ministry, Greg is widely viewed as an authority on teen issues and adolescent spirituality. Over the course of the last 20 years, Greg has spoken to over 1,000,000 teens in major venues across the nation and heard countless stories of their struggles and triumphs.

Greg’s commitment to mobilizing teenagers to reach their generation for Christ is rooted in the transforming power of the gospel. Raised in a violent, inner-city family of body-builders, he never had a dad and never felt like he measured up because his biceps weren’t big enough! But one by one, he saw his tough, urban family of “thugs” come to know Christ. And that ignited a passion in Greg to see all lost people come to know Jesus.

Living just minutes away from the scene of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in the Denver area, the tragedy triggered a pivotal turning point in Greg’s career. Following those events, he resigned a pastorate at a church in Arvada, Colorado, to pursue Dare 2 Share (D2S) full-time. Since then, Greg and the ministry of D2S have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousand teenagers across the country, motivating and equipping them to relationally reach out to those who don’t know Jesus with the gospel message of hope.

FP Podcast Episode 8: Brad Lomenick

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Brad Lomenick Founder, BLINC

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 7: Chris LoCurto

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Chris LoCurto, The Poimen Group

Chris LoCurto is a business owner, coach, and leader of leaders. Today, he owns The Poimen Group, a Life, Business, and Leadership coaching business serving people in the U.S. and internationally.

Chris pours decades of experience into daily work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals. His coaching vehicles include strategic business planning, leadership coaching, mastermind groups, life coaching, live events, and more.

For fun, he races Formula Race Cars, he skis, and can be found wherever there’s top-notch food.

A native of Lake Tahoe, California, Chris now makes his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

FP Podcast Episode 6: Brent Crowe

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Brent Crowe, VP Student Leadership University

Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary and communicator who has a passion to present the life changing message of the gospel. Brent uses humor and real-life situations to relate to people at the heart of their struggles.

He is currently serving as Vice President with Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. Brent is married to Christina, and has three children, Gabe, Charis and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters degrees, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and a Masters of Arts in Ethics, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The roles of husband, father, minister, evangelist, author and leader have allowed Brent to influence people from all walks of life throughout his twenty years in ministry.

He is also the author of seven books, including his latest work, Moments ‘til Midnight.

FP Podcast Episode 5: Amber Johansen

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Amber Johansen Executive Director, First Priority Tampa Bay

Amber Johansen is the Executive Director of First Priority Tampa Bay. Amber has had the opportunity to experience each side of the ministry in her time serving FP Students as first a parent volunteer, then a campus coach and now currently as the Director of First Priority Tampa Bay. Amber is married to her husband Seth, and they have 3 children. Each of their children have been highly involved in FP at their school. Amber brings a very strong voice to her community on what it means to serve local schools and do it to the benefit of the school and according to the law.

You can connect with Amber for further discussion at amber@firstprioritytampa.org and by searching the social media platforms.

FP Podcast Episode 4: Brad Fiscus

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Brad Fiscus, Director of Next Gen Discipleship

Brad Fiscus is a former science teacher and wrestling coach who now serves on the Williamson County School Board and Director of Next Gen Discipleship for the TN Conference of the UMC denomination. Fiscus shares with us the ABC’s of ministry; starting with knowing a person’s name leading to ministering as a community to your community to reach every student in every school.

You can connect with Brad for further discussion at brad.fiscus@tnumc.org and by searching the social media platforms.

FP Podcast Episode 3: Jon Hartman

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Jon Hartman, Nashville

“Relationships are like anything; there are some that are super quick. There are some that are super long. There are some that are gonna be a burst in your season. There are some that you didn’t even see coming that you are going to be talking to 20 years from now. I encourage you to be bold, especially if you think you can bring something to that person.”

Jon Hartman is an entrepreneurial leader from the Nashville, TN area. He has been deeply involved in the music and media industry for the past 20 years. Recently, Jon has been working with faith based child sponsorship organizations, connecting them to artists who want to share their burden for such ministry opportunities to their established audiences.

Jon and his wife Claudia have been married for over twenty years, with two teenage children Cruz and Lyric. In his free time Jon tries to stick very close to family and their activities, but will still dabble in the world of music and sports when time allows.

You can connect with Jon on Instagram at jonbonhartman

FP Podcast Episode 2: Ben Trueblood

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Ben Trueblood, LifeWay Students

“Students have a sense of belonging that they want to have fulfilled. They are going to find new ways to fulfill that sense of belonging, but it is a search that every teenager, every person, has ever had.”

Ben Trueblood serves as the Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources and has seventeen years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at LifeWay, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S.

He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to develop students who shape the culture in which they live. In his recent book “Student Ministry that Matters”, Ben shares what it takes to build and lead a truly healthy student ministry.

Ben and his wife Kristen have four children. In his free time, Ben enjoys family, hunting, is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and is an affiliate streamer on Twitch under the name of Flashbang_CSN.   Connect with Ben on twitter at: @bentrueblood