Meet the Team

Benny Proffitt

Founder & CEO

God gave Benny a dream and a vision to reach the next generation for Christ. God used Benny’s 27 years of experience as a bi-vocational youth pastor and teacher to form a ministry that became First Priority of America. Since 1985 when the first group of First Priority students formed in Irving, TX until today, Benny has poured his life into fulfilling this vision that God birthed in him. Since returning to Nashville in 1995 he has spoken and done training in over 1,000 cities in the US and on 4 other continents. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, TBN and numerous other radio and TV talk shows. He had a feature article in Time magazine. He has authored books and training manuals that share his passion and vision for reaching the next generation. Benny lives in Nashville, TN with his wife of 40 years, Marilou. They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

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Benny Proffitt

President & CEO

Benny Proffitt grew up in a loving Christian family and modest home in East Tennessee. His father was a World War II veteran and his mom ran a private kindergarten in their home. Recently when Benny penned a book on parenting he said the following; “Parents must steer a course for their children that points directly at Christ.” That’s the kind of home Benny grew up in and it has set the pattern for his own life’s work, his 40 year marriage to Marilou, and raising their 3 children, who now are raising their 9 grandchildren with that same goal.

Benny attended Belmont University in Nashville from 1968-72 where he played basketball and prepared to be a teacher. He sang in a contemporary Christian musical group that traveled America and worked as a youth pastor. Benny attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas. Benny continued as a bi-vocational youth pastor and high school teacher. He eventually united a group of churches and launched a city-wide youth ministry strategy called First Priority. He had seen his own generation begin to reject the moral foundation America was built on and become consumed with self-indulgent living. In the name of this new freedom that rejected any form of religious and moral restraint, he saw his generation ushered inthe sexual revolution, the drug culture and the ultimate destruction of the family. He saw his generation become self absorbed, choosing success in careers over success in family and choosing abandonment over commitment. He saw the divorce rate skyrocketed.

In his years as a high school teacher, Benny experienced firsthand the effects of the declining role that historically Christianity had played on the generations that followed. Sexual promiscuity, hopelessness, rebellion, violence, and a suicide are epidemic among teens and are now an every family tragedy. A devastating generational response has resulted in moral apathy and spiritual complacency. Destructive decisions are literally killing our children physically and spiritually.

In the midst of this national tragedy, God gave Benny a dream and a vision to reach the next generation for Christ. God used Benny’s 27 years of experience as a bi-vocational youth pastor and teacher to form a ministry that became First Priority of America. (www.fpofamerica.com) The vision of First Priority is “The Hope of Christ in Every Student.” Since 1985 when the first group of First Priority students formed in Irving, TX until today, Benny has poured his life into fulfilling this vision that God birthed in him. Since returning to Nashville in 1995 he has spoken and done training in over 1,000 cities in the US and on 4 other continents. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, TBN and numerous other radio and TV talk shows. He had a feature article in Time magazine. He has authored books and training manuals that share his passion and vision for reaching the next generation.

If today you asked Benny what’s next he will likely state something like the following: “Do you believe that every child deserves the opportunity to hear about Jesus in a meaningful way for them? If you do, what are you willing to do about it?” One of his many, often used, quotes is, “Whoever wins the next generation, WINS!”

Keith Miller

Executive Director

After walking in the pastorate for over 41 years, Keith knew the Lord was moving his heart toward the countries overseas. His heart continually pounded to make disciples of every tribe, tongue, and nation. Through the gracious power of God’s Spirit, Keith has learned that this mandate of making disciples is applicable to every person Christ places in our lives. He has learned that discipleship is a student-to-student process of walking and hearing from Christ, who leads us all into truth. God has always fashioned his heart for students, and First Priority Global is right in His wheel well. Keith and his wife, Janis of 40+ years, presently live in Spring Hill, Tenn. They have three sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Brian Waters

Global Operations & Training

Brian serves and offers valuable expertise in both our First Priority Global Strategy as well as our Operations and Training Team. Before joining First Priority Global, Brian and his wife Sabrina served in local Church youth ministry and international missions for over 18 years. They both have a desire to see young people reach young people for Christ and the Gospel advance among the nations.

Todd Roberts

President

Todd and his twin brother Mark were the first to launch First Priority in Birmingham, AL in 1990. His leadership and ministry gifts help make First Priority a reproducible “Great Commission” strategy that reached thousands of young people across Alabama and then spread across America. First Priority of America was launched in 1995 and Todd soon joined the national team, traveling across America launching First Priority cities. Hundreds of thousands have been reached throughout America.
God has uniquely and providentially equipped and prepared Todd for this opportunity at this time through his long history with First Priority and his time as a pastor. Todd has been a pastor in the Tampa Bay area for the last 17 years.

Phil Brown

Global Network Coordinator / Lead Coach

Phil has a wealth of youth ministry expertise. Since 1980, he has been a Youth Speaker, Worship Leader, Student Pastor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader, and a Youth Ministry Trainer. He holds degrees in Religious Educ. / Youth Ministry from Ouachita Bapt. Univ. and Southwestern Bapt. Seminary. He served as a Student Pastor in churches from 1982-2013 and as a missionary in Spain from 1986-88. As a Youth Pastor, he has been implementing the First Priority strategy since 1992 & has been on the FPG staff since 2013. Phil & his wife Windy have two daughters and one son, and they live in Rogers, Arkansas.
For “Q&A with Coach Phil,” go to: www.firstpriority.global/qa-with-coach-phil

Michael Seymour

South / Southeast Asia Rep

Michael brings a solid portfolio of international mission experience with a special focus in Asia. Michael worked in banking, sports graphics, and insurance before moving to Nepal, with his family, in 2014 to serve remote Buddhist Himalayan villages. Michael has relocated his family to Birmingham, AL is very excited about the opportunity to continue serving unreached people groups around the globe and to bring them the Hope of Jesus Christ!

Peter Abungu

Global Strategy / Africa Ambassador

Peter is a native of Nairobi, Kenya and is the mainstay of FP’s foothold in Africa. Peter received his training in Theology and Christian Youth Work through South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), in partnership with Moorland Theological College in the UK. With over 17 years in youth ministry, Peter has implemented the First Priority Strategy for nearly 10 years in the City of Nairobi.

Bud Abbott

Special Council

Bud serves as Special Counsel for FPGM. Bud lived 57 years in the suburbs of Memphis, TN. He taught High School Bible one year and worked in youth ministry for 6 years, including 4 with Youth-For-Christ. He graduated from the University of Memphis Law School with a J.D. degree and practiced law in Tennessee and Mississippi for 35 years while simultaneously teaching Bible in churches. He has developed and taught Bible courses in Latin America and Africa.

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