Why First Priority?

Why is First Priority Needed?

Hope. A word that in our physical world simply implies a desire for a set outcome, expectation or desire to happen. In the spiritual sense, it is a longing inside of us that is often left unfulfilled. As believers in Jesus, we know that that longing for hope can only be fulfilled [forever] by having a relationship with Christ. Sure, we can hope to have a great vacation which can lead to a good time with family. But we all know that the hope is lost the first morning back at work or school. What if we united students at school who found eternal hope in their relationship with Jesus Christ? Would we discover more Christians than football players? Could those Christians be used by God to bring eternal hope to students who have put all their life into the temporary hopes of the world?

How Does it work?

The 1984 Equal Access Act gives students the right to initiate and lead a Christian club on campus. When students start a club, we send them one of our church-approved youth workers to coach them on how to reach their campus for Christ. The success of First Priority begins and ends with the local church. The students, youth pastors & faculty sponsors that partner with us all belong to a local congregation. Once a student receives Christ on campus, they are encouraged to connect to the body of Christ where they can grow in their new faith.

Vision, Mission & Distinctives

Vision Statement:

The Hope of Christ in Every Student

Mission Statement:

Uniting the Local Body of Christ With a Plan of Action to Influence the School with the Gospel.

Our Distinctives:

Local Church Strategy
Long Term Plan and Structure
Rural, Suburban and Urban Models
Community Based and Locally Owned
Essential Networks of Support
Student Led and Initiated Clubs

Our Strategy

Our mission is to unite the local body of Christ with a plan of action to influence the schools with the Gospel.  So our strategy starts and ends when people unite together for this single cause.  Unity looks different, and the same, everywhere.  In some places, networking student pastors is natural.  In some places, there are no student pastors within a 30 minute drive.  Either way, our goal is to get people from multiple churches and denominations together to share the hope of Christ with students in their schools.  Check out the ‘Roles’ tab for who is involved in this unity and what role each group of people can play.

Practically, the ministry of First Priority gets worked out through a club at school. First Priority clubs follow a four-week strategy called HOPE.  HOPE is an acronym for Help, Overcome, Prepare, and Engage.

Help

Equipping the Christian students with foundational truth to be able to articulate a simple gospel message in thirty seconds or less.

Overcome

Motivation and inspiration to overcome our fear, worry and doubts we have about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Prepare

Giving 1-3 students the opportunity to prepare and share their journey of faith in God (in its entirety or in part).

Engage

The opportunity for the believing students to invite their non-believing friends they have been praying for to come and hear about the HOPE of Christ.

The Role of Churches - Adopting Schools & Sending Missionaries

Adopt local schools as a mission field and send your students to influence their culture.

Gone are the days of shielding students from the ‘bad things’ in our society. They see it everyday in the halls of their school and in the media they consume. Why not train students as soldiers for the gospel and send them to their school? We believe God has put them there for a larger reason than learning math. They are walking the halls of their school everyday to be salt and light for those who are hopeless and lost. Will you encourage your students to see their school in that light? Will you adopt a school? Will you send your students into that school as indigenous missionaries to a lost and broken generation?

The Role of Students - Campus Missionaries

Sent as missionaries to the largest mission field in America, your school.

Using a football analogy, students are the “players on the field”

The students are on the greatest mission field in America: a school. Engaged in the middle of the “game,” students are the players we are here to train, pray for, and support, just as we do for foreign missionaries. The HOPE Manual (a First Priority resource) gives the student missionaries the action steps and direction they need to reach out to their peers at school. Each month it helps them focus on a group and share the message of Jesus Christ with unbelieving students.

Students, you have more influence in the life of your friends than you think. As a Christian, you have the ability to be salt and light to those around you. Salt, on a wound, can hurt. It also keeps bacteria out. Light when shown on a dark path, brings peace and security to the direction you are taking. Would you like to bring peace and security to the lives of your friends? Would you like to help them take the spiritual infections out of their life? First Priority gives you the opportunity to do that with a group of fellow believers at school. It is hard to go alone in life. But there are [probably] more students who call themselves Christian at your school than any other group. What if you all worked together to be salt and light to bring hope and joy to the life of every student in your school?

The Role of Youth Leaders - Campus Coaches

Equip and encourage students to use their influence to share the gospel at school.

Using a football analogy, ministry leaders are the “coaches on the sidelines”

As a Church Youth Leader, you train and equip students week in and week out to live a life of faith.  First Priority is a tool for you to use to help students implement that faith at school.  While many campus coaches are youth leaders, not all youth leaders are campus coaches.  But you can still participate in First Priority clubs as a guest speaker, promote area clubs in your church, help provide for those clubs through the church local missions budget, lead a prayer group around area schools, and many, many more ideas that God uses to influence students with the gospel at school.

Because many campus coaches are youth leaders, should you choose to become one, here is your role.  Campus coaches are the “coaches on the sideline” of the First Priority club.  Your role in First Priority is distinctly different than your role as a youth leader at church.  In school, you are not allowed to directly lead the club, only coach.  But, without an amazing coach, how many teams win?  None.  Your role as a coach is crucial!  You are the influence who is training and equipping the student leaders to successfully implement the HOPE strategy (game plan) in the First Priority club.”

First Priority campus coaches do two things:

  1. They help schedule “games” (aka First Priority club in school).  This piece involved helping the students build a relationship with school administration, finding a teacher sponsor, setting club time and location, submitting the club charter/constitution, and all other administrative details in getting a successful club going.
  2. They hold practices (leadership meetings) to help students be prepared for the month ahead.  We often call them Captain’s Team meetings.  Captain’s Team meetings involve the student leadership, campus coach, and faculty sponsor.  They are held monthly between the last week of the previous month and the first week of the next.  Just like a sports team, timeouts are called, quarters end, and half time occurs to give the coach an opportunity to help the team rise above the momentary situation and be successful with the next play.  As a great coach, take the moments needed to coach and encourage the students from week to week as they lead their club at school.
The Role of Teachers - Faculty Sponsors

Provide a place for the First Priority club to meet in school.

Using a football analogy, teachers are the “referees in the game”

These are the faculty volunteers (Faculty Sponsors) that open their room and the doors of the school for the club to hold their meetings. At the school, they are the people who help the players stay in line with the rules of the local district and state. At the monthly leadership meeting, they are the ones guiding and showing wisdom to navigate the school as only someone on the “inside” can do. They do not participate in the game even though they are right in the middle of it.

The Role of Parents - Priority Parents

Pray for the students and promote First Priority to your church and community.

Using a football analogy, parents are the “fans in the stands”

These are adults who are watching and cheering on the students as they lead their club. Up front, these parents are dedicated to praying and supporting the students as they work to minister to their school. Behind the scenes, these parents are waking their son/daughter up early for student leader meetings, rearranging schedules, encouraging when the ministry does not go well, and running the “booster club” of First Priority. Putting “fans in the stands” is really an easy task when students are passionate about sharing the Hope of Christ with their peers.

Campus Ministry Ideas for Adults

Students are not the only ones that can have a ministry to schools.  Check out these great ideas for adults to actively serve and bless campuses. Campus Min Ideas for Adults.pdf

How Parents Can Help

Ideas of how parents can encourage and support the student leaders of First Priority. Ways Parents Can Be Involved.pdf

The Role of Business & Community Leaders

Provide insight into your community through board leadership.

Using a football analogy, business and community leaders are “owners of the team”

The business community is so important to the First Priority strategy. Like a professional team, coaches and players come and go, but the team lives on. Without business leaders involved in the FP strategy, the longevity of the ministry will diminish when students graduate or staff in our local churches move on. The business community has a vested interest in their community, and will be the ones that will be there through this entire generation. All the cities that have a successful First Priority team have a board of committed business leaders.

The Role of School Administrators

Learn how to legally partner with faith based organizations in your school.

We all know that students are walking the halls of your schools with questions to life that are not answered with math. The Equal Access Act, signed into law in 1984, gives students the opportunity to have open conversations about the spiritual side of student’s lives. First Priority has always been on the front line of following the law and helping schools to navigate the law to partner with churches.  A few benefits of having First Priority in your school. First, we are a non-profit. This gives you a central point of contact between the school and area churches. Second, we know the laws of operating a faith-based ministry in a public school setting. Several of our directors are provide training for their school districts on the Equal Access law which helps you to provide holistic development to your students. This has helped all of us stay focused on the holistic development of students and out of the courtroom.

The Role of Prayer Partners

Pray. Pray with people. Pray by yourself. Pray out loud. Pray silently.

First Priority doesn’t happen if you don’t pray. The lives of students are not changed at school without the power of the Holy Spirit of God invading their hearts and minds. We can strategize all day long, but if we do not pray, we will not be as effective as God wants us to be.

The Role of Ministry Partners

Provide. Provide for the ministry of First Priority by investing through regular giving.

First Priority is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies totally upon the financial support of the community. Individuals, churches and businesses who partner with First Priority provide valuable resources that empower churches to extend their ministry onto a middle or high school campus. Supporting First Priority is not only an investment into the Kingdom, but as an investment into an army of Student Missionaries sharing Hope on America’s greatest mission field…it’s schools.

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Statement of Faith

First Priority’s Statement of Faith

What We Believe

First Priority is an inter-denominational, Christian ministry.

First Priority is not supported by, directed by or part of any particular church or denomination. First Priority works with and serves churches that affirm the basic tenants of the Christian faith.

The Bible – is the perfect Word of God. It is holy and inspired by God. It is God’s only written source and final authority in knowing God and His will. 2 Timothy 3:15-16

The Church – the way God has chosen to accomplish His purposes is through His Church, the Body of Christ, best seen working together in local congregations in every community but also working as One Body everywhere using every means available. Ephesians 2:2; 5:25, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

The Trinity – there is one God, eternally revealed in three persons – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Jesus Christ – is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and then took all our sins upon Himself on the cross. His death on the cross paid the penalty God has set for our sins. He rose from the grave, ascended back into heaven and is at the right hand of the Father in heaven working as our mediator and advocate. He is returning to earth to judge all mankind, the living and the dead, and will set up His promised eternal Kingdom.John 1:14, Matthew 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:14-16

Holy Spirit – every Christian is born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian possesses the Holy Spirit as God’s redeeming presence and regenerating power in their life. Every Christian should seek everyday to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit. John 3:3-8; 14:26, Acts 2:38; 15:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 5:25

Sin – every person everywhere is separated from God and will face the judgment of a holy and just God. Persons everywhere needs to enter into a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, which is humanity’s only satisfactory atonement. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:27

Salvation – to go to Heaven a person must accept Jesus Christ and receive God’s love and forgiveness, demonstrated and offered to every person, by God, only through His son Jesus Christ who shed His blood for our sin on the cross of Calvary. Romans 6:23, John 14:6, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Ephesians 1:7

Heaven – is a real place and is the eternal destiny for those people who have been made right with God through Jesus Christ. John 14:1-3, 2 Timothy 4:18

Hell – is a real place created for the Devil and his demons. All people who die without Christ will also be condemned to hell for eternity. Matthew 10:28, 2 Peter 2:4

Discipleship – every Christian is to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ which is God’s design and desire for their destiny. Romans 8:28-29, 1 Corinthians 7:1

Missions – every Christian must dedicate themselves to serve Jesus Christ. We must submit to His authority over our lives and to His purpose in our lives. Matthew 6:24; 16:24, James 4:7

Ministry – every Christian should pursue a holy Christian life and have compassion and concern for the well being of every person, putting others before themselves. Matthew 22:37-39, Philippians 2:2-5

Human Life – all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139.)

Marriage – God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.)

Statement of Final Authority on Matters of Faith and Conduct

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of First Priority’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is First Priority of America, Inc. final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of First Priority and to provide a Biblical role model to the First Priority members and the community, it is imperative that all persons representing First Priority in any capacity, agree to and abide by this Statement of Faith.

Staff and Board of Directors

STAFF

MEET HALEY WHERRY (PICTURED WITH WIFE, KELLY) – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Haley has been working with students for more than 23 years.  As a Youth Pastor and Campus Ministry Coordinator, he has helped hundreds of students put their faith into action on the campuses of their schools.  He serves as the Executive Director for First Priority Blue Ridge.  He is married to Kelly and has two children – Brock (22 and married to Raleigh and Barrett (21).  They attend Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN. Both Haley and Kelly are Mission Service Corps Missionaries with the North American Missions Board.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MEET LORI DEEL – CHAIRPERSON

Lori is a native of Smyth County, Virginia, and recently stepped into the role as the county’s director of community and economic development. She is a graduate of Marion Senior High School and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology from Virginia Highlands Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Leadership from Virginia Intermont College. She is currently enrolled at King University to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration.

Prior to her role with Smyth County, Mrs. Deel was employed at Barter Theatre in Abingdon for ten and a half years. She began working as a part-time box office attendant, and, through the years, climbed her way to being one of two principle managers in the organization, reporting directly to Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose. Serving as the director of patron services, Miss Hester’s responsibilities included oversight of the sales, marketing and advancement offices.

In addition to her work at Barter, Mrs. Deel served on the board for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the Membership Committee; the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association; and Abingdon Main Street where she served as secretary. In 2012, she was recognized as one of Tri-Cities Business Journal’s “40 under Forty” honorees – a salute to rising stars in business in the Tri-Cities region. In 2013, Miss Hester participated in LEAD VIRGINIA, a statewide leadership program connecting leaders across the Commonwealth to shape Virginia’s future. She currently serves on the board of directors for First Priority Blue Ridge and the Marion Downtown Revitalization Association. In addition, she serves on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for Smyth County and is the director of Next Level Young Adult Ministries at Abundant Life Christian Center in Marion. Miss Hester is also active in two young professionals groups in the region – STAY Southwest and Smyth County Young Professionals.

Mrs. Deel is passionate about Smyth County and the entire Southwest Virginia region. She is an influential leader determined to make a positive difference and ensure a future of prosperity for Southwest Virginia and its residents. Her faith and trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has brought her to where she is now, and she is thankful for God’s amazing grace and His willingness to use her as one of His chosen vessels, even though she don’t deserve it.

MEET JOSH PICKETT

Josh has been in ministry for 11 years. He has been active in youth ministry for 6 ½ years and also was a Lead Pastor for 3 years. He currently serves as the Student Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Bristol, VA. He is husband to Sommer and Father to Ian. He loves Jesus more than anything.

MEET BOBBY REYNOLDS – TREASURER

MEET SCOTT EMERINE

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 Health Care and Helicopters.  As Co-Owner of Branding Iron, Emerine manages media relations and public relations for clients throughout North America.  Clients are located in places like Boise, Bristol, Calgary, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Toronto, and Victoria Canada.  Branding Iron’s work has been seen in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa the Middle East, North America, South America, and Latin America.  Emerine’s clients have been featured in some of the largest media outlets in the world.

Emerine 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.

Emerine resides in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife Joy and their three sons.  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, a five-star accredited chamber and is the Chairman of the Board for First Priority Blue Ridge. Emerine also serves on the board of trustees for the State Theatre of Virginia, The Barter Theatre. Emerine also served as the Chairman of the Board for Textface Foundation, an anti-texting while driving organization based in Northwest Arkansas.

MEET WES FORD

A Proven Strategy - What People Are Saying About First Priority

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FIRST PRIORITY

NATIONAL LEADERS

“The most effective and comprehensive national youth strategy I’ve ever seen.”
Josh McDowell, International teacher and author – Josh McDowell Ministries

“In all my years of working with young men and women I believe First Priority is the most effective tool I have ever seen.”
Pat Williams, Senior Vice President NBA’s Orlando Magic

“I believe in the ministry and the leadership of First Priority.  I lend my support and encourage you to do the same.”
Dan Cathy, COO Chick-fil-A

COMMUNITY LEADERS

“I am always in favor of adding new programs for the students. My philosophy is we should find projects and activities that will interest many of our students. We had a First Priority Student Club at Woodland R-4, Missouri where I came from. It was an asset to the school especially in times of crises or need; it was the First Priority Club that pulled the student body and faculty together.”
John, Principal (Southern Illinois)

“When it comes to leadership, First Priority student leaders are the cream of the crop. Many of them have experience in planning, leading meetings, and working with others on a team. They also uphold good moral values and convictions. These are the qualities I look for when hiring people for my company.”
Terry, Business Owner (Statesboro, GA)

“First Priority has become the largest and most popular organization on our campus. We average between 200-300 students on a regular basis.  First Priority has also developed leadership qualities in many of our students.  They take care of details, make sure everything is organized and they help our school in many ways.  I can’t think of another organization I would recommend any higher for a principal to include in their school.”
Ben, Principal (Hattiesburg, MS)

CHURCHES

“My church’s youth group has more than doubled in size since our youth pastor started working with students on the campus. If you are open to growing, then you need to get involved in First Priority.”
Gary, Pastor (Mobile, AL)

“First Priority isn’t some club that is about getting your priorities straightened out…It’s actually a club that honors Jesus Christ and His Word. It is a group of teens at (school) that share the same beliefs.”
Youth Pastor (Marietta, GA)

“I had the opportunity to speak at the First Priority campus club at my students’ high school.  They packed 175 kids into the choir room with pizza and the Gospel.  When I was done, Lindsay and five of her friends prayed the sinner’s prayer with their peers.  Six students got saved that day!”
Dave, Youth Pastor (WA)

PARENTS

“Today’s kids are easily influenced by current trends and the media. First Priority is on the cutting edge and creates a place where my teenagers feel comfortable about living and sharing their faith.”
Susan, Single Parent (Sioux Falls, SD)

“According to recent statistics, parents are the number one influence in a teenager’s life. That is a huge responsibility for us to bare alone. First Priority has really helped me stay in touch with current teen issues through their parent conferences and resources.”
Charles and Denise, Parents (Hattiesburg, MS)

“Every Wednesday I take my two teenagers to school early so they can go to First Priority. We usually pick up some of their friends along the way. My daughter, Jessica, tells me a few of her friends aren’t saved. I know God is using us to get them to First Priority where they can have a chance to receive Christ.”
Bill, Parent (Huntsville, AL)

STUDENTS

“I can say that First Priority has greatly impacted my life. I’ve been attending since 6th grade, and I’ve loved every day I’ve gone. Every day that we hold First Priority, you can hear the music from the hall before you walk in the room. I know that many people hear it, because anyone who rides the bus will walk through that hallway to get to the lunch room.”
Travis ( Hoover, AL)

“First Priority has been the greatest organization I have ever worked with on my campus. First Priority has provided many great opportunities for students to reach out to their lost friends.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, I believe First Priority can be the most effective way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission.”
Neil (Middlesboro , KY)

“This year, God has placed a burden on my heart for teenagers in Sioux Falls, and specifically for my peers at Washington High School. This burden has driven me to take a leadership position in my First Priority club and pass on this vision to other students.”
Regina (Sioux Falls, SD)

FAQs

What is FIRST PRIORITY?

FIRST PRIORITY is a local church strategy designed to empower Student Leaders to unite on their middle and high school campuses to serve the school, minister to their peers and share the Hope of the gospel with their generation.

FIRST PRIORITY is a student-led, adult-mentored, evangelistic campus ministry for middle and high schools.

FIRST PRIORITY helps local churches build movements born out of the seven ‘C’s that unite us across denomination lines:

        Christ

        Cross

        City

        Crisis

        Children (students)

        Campus (schools)

        Cause

How does FIRST PRIORITY work?

FIRST PRIORITY helps create a grassroots movement in your community with the understanding that to touch every teen life in the community every year, no one church or group can do it alone. We are devoted to helping THE local Church DISCOVER the possibilities, make DECISIONS as they go, give DIRECTION to the networks, and continue the DEVELOPMENT of the FIRST PRIORITY networks.

The FIRST PRIORITY model works foundationally as a student- led, student-initiated club on campus, but has many more layers than that. These layers make FIRST PRIORITY much more than just another ‘youth meeting’. Those layers are our networks described in our ‘game analogy’:

Students: Players on the field and missionaries to their peers nine months a year at school.

Church Leaders: Coaches on the ‘sidelines’ training and equipping the saints for works of service.

Parents: Fans in the Stands.

Teachers: The Referees

Business Leader: Owners in the Skybox.

Why does FIRST PRIORITY work?

There are unlimited resources in the body of Christ that FIRST PRIORITY mobilizes on behalf of students in need.

FP gives students a specific, manageable opportunity to put their faith and love to work where they live everyday.

Because Scripture tells us that love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Who benefits from FIRST PRIORITY?

The local Church. FIRST PRIORITY works for the church by: – Helping congregations organize to serve students who are lost. – Giving congregations specific, manageable opportunities to serve. – Schools in need. FIRST PRIORITY mobilizes and connects the body of Christ to the school.

The Kingdom of God. When students lives are changed by hope found only in Jesus Christ.

Privacy & Refund Policy

Privacy & Refund Policy

The Information We Collect

We do not collect personally identifiable information on our Site unless you voluntarily provide such information about yourself via an electronic mail message or by filling out one of our online forms. On our Site, you can contribute financially to the ministry, register for events, or subscribe to one of our services such as our online newsletters. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, bank account information, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services. If you send us an email, we may use the information you provide to follow up via telephone or email. The information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to support your continued relationship with First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc.

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You have a right to know about the personal information that First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc. has collected through your requests as describe above, including the right to correct, amend or delete the information that First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc. has on file if it is incorrect. You may also change the status of whether you wish to receive First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc. alerts, newsletters and communications at any time. If at any time you wish to exercise these rights, feel free contact us by email or by phone.

Refund Policy

First Priority Blue Ridge does not offer refunds. All contributions made on-line are considered tax-deductible donations to the ministry.

Modifications to This Privacy Policy

By using this Site, you signify your agreement to the terms of our Policy. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, please do not disclose any personal information through this Site. This Policy and the use of this Site are governed by Tennessee law. Any claim related to the Site or this Policy shall be brought in a federal or state court in Nashville, TN, within one year after the claim arises. Users of the Site consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court as the most convenient and appropriate for the resolution of disputes concerning this Policy.

Please bear in mind that we may change the content or design of our Site, and consequently, this Policy at any time in the future. Notice of any revisions will be posted to this page, so please revisit this page from time to time to ensure that you are aware of any changes to it. You are responsible for reviewing this Policy periodically, and your continued use of our Site following any modifications to this Policy will be conclusively deemed acceptance of any changes.

First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc. welcomes comments and questions about this Policy and about our Site. We are dedicated to protecting your personal information while providing a robust and friendly Web environment. Any comments or questions regarding First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc.’s electronic information privacy practices may be directed to us by calling 423-676-3585, emailing haleywherry@me.com, or by sending a letter to:

First Priority Blue Ridge, Inc.

PO Box 2114

Johnson City, TN 37605