FAMILIES FIRST FOUNDATION
What is Families First Foundation?
By Curtis Johnson
1. It is a State-Wide Ministry of the Church of Christ.
2. It is directed by 46 members of the Church of Christ, (Elders, Deacons, Ministers and
Church Workers) who live in 24 of the 75 Arkansas counties. Bill Wheeler, Minister
and Executive Director, has preached for 43 years, serving six different congregations.
3. They travel the state preaching, teaching and serving to strengthen the 21st century family.
They are primarily an educational ministry. During 2003 Families First made 240
presentations including: Sermons on Home, Family and Morals; Issues: Seminars on
Parenting, Marriage and Character Counts; Leadership Series: Church Growth Series and
4. Because of external threats to the family, and because Christians should be the “salt and
light”, which penetrates and illuminates our suffering society, they also serve Arkansas
congregations and families as a Lobbyist with the Arkansas Legislature. Their
testimonies before legislative committees present state lawmakers with a Christian
perspective on vital family issues. During the recent 84th General Assembly, God was
victorious with 16 of 21 family bills which included issues of the homosexual
agenda, alcohol, abortion, video, gambling, hate crimes, and lottery.