A Letter from Julie Baumgardner

FTF is moving into a new season.
By Julie Baumgardner
December 3, 2020

Dear First Things First friends and supporters,

If I had to choose two words to describe 2020, they would be: unexpected change. Who knew? The first two months were just rolling along and then… BOOM! Nothing was as we expected it to be. In hindsight, I don’t know why we’re all so surprised. Life is nothing but one change after the other. Yet somehow these BIG UNEXPECTED CHANGES seem to take us by surprise.

In spite of the pandemic, the First Things First team has continued to provide resources to people helping them navigate through COVID-19 during some of their most challenging moments. This makes me excited and proud all at the same time.

An unexpected personal event occurred in my own life when I received a call asking me if I would consider interviewing for a position. For the first time in 23 years, I felt strongly that I was supposed to walk through that door. 

In January, I will be taking on the role of Senior Director at the WinShape Foundation working on an international initiative to strengthen marriages across the globe. I truly believe this is what I have been called to next. And yes, now my life is going to change. All from a phone call.  

Can you even believe it?!

FTF is in good hands with Lauren Hall who has been named interim CEO. She has been our Director of Communications for five years and has done an incredible job leading us into the world of all things virtual. With the depth and strength of the FTF team, Lauren will continue to carry out the mission and vision of First Things First.

I love FTF and wholeheartedly believe in every aspect of the work. The FTF team is like my family. They are a gifted group of people who are sold out to helping people have healthy relationships in every area of life. Strong, dedicated, fun, gifted, and creative are just a few of the words I would use to describe them. I will miss them for sure, but know that they are prepared to carry on.

At the moment, I am wavering between sadness about leaving and excitement about the road ahead. I fully intend to continue to support FTF financially and take advantage of the resources they create.

Thank you for your support and encouragement through the years.  FTF would not be where it is without you.


Julie Baumgardner

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