About Us

The First Responders Initiative is a faith-based ministry dedicated to helping strengthen the marriages and families of our approximately 1800 local First Responders (including Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and EMT’s). While the national divorce rate remains at 50%, the divorce rate for First Responders averages between 60-75%. This is the highest percentage of any other community demographics, primarily because of the vocational stress associated with this critical area of public safety.


Within many of the training academies, married trainees are often cautioned that there is only a 25% probability that they will retire from their profession married to the same spouse. While this shocking statistic is widely known and accepted, there has not been anything in place to help these families and prevent this national crisis - particularly a program that is faith-based.


By providing confidential Pastoral Counseling, Relationship Coaching, Marriage Education, Premarital Counseling, and a safe place to vent and de-stress, the First Responders Initiative hopes to help keep these courageous families from becoming another statistic.


The Rev. Gene Strickland

Founder and Lead Pastor





1400 Village Square Blvd #3

Box 275

Tallahassee, Fl 32312

The First Responders Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The First Responders Initiative is not owned, controlled, or endowed by any denomination, agency, convention, or association. As a faith-based Christian organization that receives no federal funding, the First Responders Initiative is reliant on the generosity of supporters in order to accomplish this important call. All gifts are deductible as charitable contributions for US Federal Income Tax purposes.