FP Podcast Episode 14: Jeff Grenell

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Jeff Grenell, founder ythology

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 13: Jeff Stanford

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Jeff Stanford, Lead Director FP Palm Beach County

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.

FP Podcast Episode 12: Paul Penley

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Paul T. Penley, PhD Managing Director, Research Division, Excellence in Giving

Dr. Penley evaluates charities for Excellence in Giving clients donating a combined $51 million annually. He manages the deal flow for the Kingdom Giving Fund launched in 2019 to invest transformative gifts of $1-$5 million in professionally vetted ministry projects that accelerate measurable and sustainable impact. He has refined methods for nonprofit due diligence and completed on-site evaluations in a dozen countries around the world. Dr. Penley specializes in designing outcome measurement systems for internal and external reporting of program effectiveness. He is a regular contributor to philanthropy magazines like the Stanford Social Innovation Review and a speaker at venues like the Yale Philanthropy Conference or Christian Leadership Association. Dr. Penley’s ability to identify indicators of mission failure or success allows those he advises to support high-performing charities making the difference they want to fund. Learn more about his work at www.ExcellenceinGiving.com. And read the book he wrote about Reenacting the Way (of Jesus) based on his PhD in the historical context of the Bible or the blogs he writes at www.ReenactingtheWay.com.

FP Podcast Episode 11: Jeff Deyo

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Jeff Deyo, worship leader, author, recording artist

Jeff Deyo (@jeffdeyo) is a worship leader, author, recording artist, songwriter, speaker, podcaster, and professor who could eat Mexican food for every meal! He is known internationally as the former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning group, Sonicflood, and lives to help people grow closer to God.

He recently released his first book, Awakening Pure Worship, worldwide through Destiny Image Publishers, and he is the creator of the Pure Worship Podcast and the Pure Worship Institute, a refreshing worship conference designed to equip and empower singers and musicians. He holds the high honor of being a professor at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, and he is one of the worship pastors at Celebration Church in Lakeville, MN. He travels extensively leading worship, speaking, and coaching worship teams, and he has been happily married to his college sweetheart, Martha, since 1992. Together, they have four beautiful children, Roman, Evan, Channing, and Clara as well as two pet leopard geckos, two beta fish, and one mouse named Raton.


FP Podcast Episode 10: Scott Emerine

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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. 

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

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.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

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
– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

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.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

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.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

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.


– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN