Brad Schelling

About Brad Schelling

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. Brad is available and would be honored to speak at your church, camp, conference or event. You can get in touch with him through email at
13 03, 2019

Two growing First Priority movements bring in new leadership!

March 13th, 2019|Local FP Communities|

Justin Theriot is a dad of three, husband to one great lady, and friend to a bunch of us! To our benefit, he is also our FPGN Rutherford County Director in the FP Greater Nashville chapter. He has been mostly volunteer up until the turn of the calendar year. Today, Justin is serving part-time, overseeing the [...]

4 03, 2019


March 4th, 2019|Church Leaders, FP Tools|

We pray for missionaries all over the world; why not pray for our students? A majority of all who believe in Christ as Savior believe before the age of 18. That makes our middle and high schools the largest mission fields in our country. Our Christian students in our churches are therefore the link, the [...]

17 01, 2019


January 17th, 2019|Church Leaders, Community Leaders, Local FP Communities|

I don’t mean to start with the obvious or to be too simple, but the way we think affects the way that we see the world and ultimately how we act each and every day. So, we begin here. We hear people say that culture is ‘so bad’, and we agree with that sentiment. But [...]

25 10, 2018

Benefits of Social Media Unity and Uniformity

October 25th, 2018|First Priority Of America, FP Tools|

It shows that we are student led! But HOW? By highlighting student leaders of the FP clubs. This is tricky due to privacy laws and marketing etiquette. The best student leader highlight I have seen in recent past was by Tim Bargo in the Tri-County, KY chapter. He took a picture of only the student [...]

10 07, 2018

Thank you for your Partnership

July 10th, 2018|Church Leaders, Community Leaders, Faculty Sponsors, Priority Parents, Student Leaders|

Thank you for your partnership in the ministry of First Priority!  We are always encouraged by people who are passionate about reaching students, our future generations. We see the despair of middle and high school students brought on by abuse, addiction, depression, and suicide. Our goal is to bring the HOPE of Christ to every [...]

1 06, 2018

Fall Conference 2018

June 1st, 2018|Events, First Priority Of America|

The Annual National Fall Conference 2018 will be held in Nashville, TN on October 15th-17th. We invite you to come and engage in a time to enrichment, fellowship with one another, and prayer. We look forward to seeing you there. Early registration is open. Register here today!

6 11, 2017

How First Priority changed Robin’s life and now she is impacting the lives of others!

November 6th, 2017|FP Success Story, Local FP Communities|

Meet Robin. She was a student growing up in Birmingham, Alabama whose life was deeply impacted by the First Priority club in her school. Listen to her share how First Priority changed her life and supported her through some of the most difficult circumstances. She now is living out her faith story as she supports [...]

1 11, 2017

One Pastor’s Reason for Partnering with First Priority

November 1st, 2017|Church Leaders|

JJ is the pastor at South Tampa Fellowship. He has been in ministry for 20+ years. Listen to him share why all churches should partner with the ministry of First Priority!

21 09, 2017

How to Help Christian Students Understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ

September 21st, 2017|Student Leaders|

When I wrote that title, my first thought may have been the same as yours, “Why would we need to help Christian students understand the gospel?  Don’t they go to church?  Haven’t they already heard and responded to the gospel?”  The answer that I will give you is simple. The average person needs to hear [...]