OUR STAFF

We are passionate about bringing the Gospel to public school students! We are here to serve, encourage & provide the resources you need.

BASE TEAM

Chris Lane

Executive Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 23 years.
Favorite part of your job? I love seeing students receiving Jesus and knowing they have eternal life!
High School Alma Mater? Highlands.
Fun fact about you? I used to race a stock car at Hialeah Speedway.
Favorite pizza topping? CHEESE.
Favorite Bible Verse? Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

Fred Revell

Associate Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? I've been working at First Priority for 21 years...I volunteered as a campus coach for 2 years prior to that.
Favorite part of your job? Probably the most rewarding aspect of serving through First Priority these 21 years are the relationships with youth pastors I've been blessed to have.
High School Alma Mater? Cooper City High and Pembroke Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? My first ministry post after college was at Wayside Baptist Church in Miami as a youth pastor in 1980.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
Favorite Bible Verse? Psalm 71:17-18 "O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come."

Julia Gackenbach

Development Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? April 2021 marked 4 years.
Favorite part of your job? I love doing local ministry. I love the idea that our daily work can have an impact on my friends or the people in my church. It "hits close to home" if you will.
High School Alma Mater? Indian River Charter High School.
Fun fact about you? 2 years ago I started a tradition of reading my age in books by my birthday... so I am open to any recommendation on a good read!
Favorite pizza topping? Pepporoni and Sausage... or Onion and Pepper... but not together.
Favorite Bible Verse? Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still."

Amanda Buonaiuto

Programs & Events Coordinator

How long have you worked at First Priority? 1 year!
Favorite part of your job? Amazing coworkers and a Godly mission! It's exciting to be a part of reaching the next generation for Christ.
High School Alma Mater? Westminster Academy and Beaver County Christian School.
Fun fact about you? I am the 2nd of 5 kids in my family.
Favorite pizza topping? I'm a margarita pizza lover. So basil, mozzarella please!
Favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

Alyssa Forman

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

How long have you worked at First Priority? 4 months (since April 2021).
Favorite part of your job? An amazing team! It's been a breath of fresh air to work with such great, solid people who's collective goal is to further the Kingdom of Christ.
High School Alma Mater? I was Homeschooled & dual enrolled at Broward College!
Fun fact about you? I'm one of 6 kids & I've been to over 35 countries
Favorite pizza topping? A classic margherita pizza with arugula on top!
Favorite Bible Verse? Titus 3:4-7 "But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the Hope of eternal life."

BROWARD TEAM

Luke Still

Broward Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 2 year.
Favorite part of your job? Training the next generation of students to carry on the Gospel Message!
High School Alma Mater? Highlands Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? I have 8 children (4 biological / 4 adopted).
Favorite pizza topping? BBQ Chicken.
Favorite Bible Verse? 1 Sam 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

MIAMI-DADE TEAM

Mike Gault

Miami-Dade Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 6 years.
Favorite part of your job? Helping build student leaders that bring their friends to Christ.
High School Alma Mater? Northeast HS.
Fun fact about you? My wife and I have 6 kids.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
Favorite Bible Verse? 2 Timothy 1:7 "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

Jonathan Manning

North Miami-Dade Regional Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 5 years.
Favorite part of your job? I love getting to connect with students, church leaders and members of our community daily and be a part of seeing life change happen each week in our local schools.
High School Alma Mater? Vienna Christian School.
Fun fact about you? I grew up in Vienna, Austria as a missionary & pastor kid for most of my life.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
Favorite Bible Verse? Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Bobby Barrett

South Dade Area Coach

How long have you worked with First Priority? 4 Years.
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students grow in the their faith and leadership.
High School Alma Mater? Ardenne High school – Kingston, Jamaica.
Fun fact about you? Join us marines 2 months after migrating to the US.
Favorite pizza topping? Sausage.
Favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 6:25 - Don’t worry about a thing every little thing will be alright (Bob Marley version).

Fabio Lam

Miami Area Coach

How long have you worked with First Priority? 3 Years.
Favorite part of your job? Getting to equip students to be leaders on their campus and spread the gospel to their friends.
High School Alma Mater? Miami Coral Park Sr High
Fun fact about you? I was born in Havana, Cuba but I’m also a quarter Chinese on my Dad’s side.
Favorite pizza topping? Buffalo Chicken Pizza all day!
Favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 4:19 “...follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

PALM BEACH / TREASURE COAST TEAM

John Harvey

Treasure Coast Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? I began working with First Priority in 2016-17 as Area Advisor in St. Lucie County.
Favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is connecting with students and see them have success in sharing Christ with their friends.
High School Alma Mater? I went to Kirby High School in Memphis, TN!! Go Cougars!!!
Fun fact about you? My wife Alana and I have been connected in student ministry for 33 years.
Favorite pizza topping? Anything that had a face...in other words, MEAT!!!
Favorite Bible Verse? Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Josh Lane

Palm Beach Regional Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? Since August 2019.
Favorite part of your job? Getting to help build up this generation of student leaders and see God transform student's lives with the gospel!
High School Alma Mater? Calvary Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? I played baseball and studied Bible at Taylor University.
Favorite pizza topping? Cheese Pizza is the best!
Favorite Bible Verse? Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joe Maldonado

Indian River & Space Coast Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 3 years
Favorite part of your job? Sharing Jesus
High School Alma Mater? Farragut - Knoxville, Tennessee
Fun fact about you? I have an over 1,700 piece Superman collection
Favorite pizza topping? Philly cheese
Favorite Bible Verse? John 3:30

John Ainlay

Palm Beach Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? 3 years!
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students have a burden for their classmates' salvation.
High School Alma Mater? Calvary Christian High School
Fun fact about you? I used to be a paid stunt man.
Favorite pizza topping? I don't like pizza....
Favorite Bible Verse? Galatians 2:20