God’s Timeline for First Place For Health:
1980 A group of 12 men and women at Houston’s First Baptist Church (HFBC) met and prayed that God would give them a program that would meet the needs of the believers in that body.
1981In March, the first First Place orientation was held at HFBC.
1986HFBC began to offer the First Place program to other churches.
1987Carole Lewis became national director, and First Place spread from 50 to 1,500 churches.
1992LifeWay Christian Resources (formerly Baptist Sunday School Board) became the publisher of First Place.
1999First Place is used in 12,000 churches in every state and in many foreign countries, representing more than 30 denominations and over a half million people.
2000Gospel Light becomes the publisher for First Place, introducing revised program materials in August 2001.
2001New First Place materials introduced.
2003First annual First Place Leadership Summit held in August at Houston’s First Baptist Church.
2006Holy Land Trip to celebrate 25th anniversary
2007First Place has 17 Bible studies
2008First Place total rewrite of new First Place 4 Health
2010First Place 4 Health separated from Houston’s First Baptist Church and became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
2013First Place 4 Health became the sole publisher of First Place 4 Health materials.
2014Carole Lewis, National Director, Retired and Vicki Heath became National Director.
2018New Materials Launch and Rebranding