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Mark Robbins

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.

Mark Roberts

Associate Director

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.

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.

Kristina Zirschky

Systems and Communications

Kristina serves as our Admin of Systems and Communications. She spends her day working within the various systems we use such as Smart Sheets, MailChimp, and Highrise to make sure our club lists are updated. She also updates the FP blog weekly and is in charge of sending out weekly and monthly emails and newsletters. Kristina has served as a volunteer in youth ministry for over 10 years and lives in the Nashville area with her two children.

Janice Blanchett

Office and Event Manager

Janice serves as the Office & Event Manager of First Priority. She spends most of her day keeping up with the administrative side of things in the office. A few of her duties include managing our inventory and online orders; planning and coordinating our Fall Conference, Spring Meetings and Board Meetings and making deposits. She is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, earning a Bachelors of Science degree with an emphasis in Journalism in 1985. Janice and her husband, Mark have been married 30+ years and have 5 children: James, Jared, Jillian, Jessica and John Mark. They also have two grandchildren, Liam and Porter.


Cary Brown, Chairman – Midland, TX
Leon Drennan, Vice Chairman – Nashville, TN
JB Collingsworth – Newnan, GA
Jerry Meadows – Nashville, TN
Mike Roberts – Greeneville, TN
JD Simpson – Hattiesburg, MS
Jeff Roschman – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Chris Lane, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Advisory Board

Joel Rowland, Clayton, NC
Adam Robertson, Harrogate, TN

Auxiliary Board

Dr. Jay Strack, Student Leadership University
David Nasser, Liberty University

Regional Coordinators

Tim Bargo – FP Tri-County, KY
John Carruth – FP Arklatex, LA
Steve Cherrico – FP Nashville, TN
Chris Lane – FP South Florida
Shane Kenney – FP Permian Basin
JD Simpson – FP Hattiesburg, MS
Larry Franks – FP Greater Decatur, AL

First Priority is led by a group of committed business and church leaders from across the States who, along with many of their peers, support First Priority’s mission to influence America’s schools.  Partner with us today in raising leaders, reaching a generation and restoring our schools.