The motto of the new Virginia First Foundation, Inc. is “POSSUNT QUIA POSSE VIDENTUR”. It means “They Can Because They Think They Can.” And, what do we think we can do?
We can change the culture of Virginia to preserve, protect, evolve, grow, improvise, invent, enhance, respect, honor and project what’s best about Virginia today and in the past – into the future. With confidence, conviction and courage. And, to embrace the inevitable, unexpected changes to shape them for the best in our Virginia culture.
Because, “Culture Commands.” Culture commands – sets up the boundaries and opportunities – for much of our lives.
Since Culture Commands, it matters what the culture of Virginia is today and tomorrow. We believe in....
- God-given individual rights. Especially, those enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
- The Rule of Law.
- Constitutionally-limited government.
- Representative democracy in a federal Republic.
- The Government of the United States limited by the U.S. Constitution.
- Our sovereign state - Virginia, as a Commonwealth - with plenary powers.
- The People are the sovereign of the Commonwealth – and delegate powers and authority to the Commonweatlh in our Virginia Constitution.
- As the Virginia Constitution says – mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other – for religious tolerance. Let Virginia be the safest place to be a practicing Christian, Jew or non-believer.
- The moral-ethical standards of our Judeo-Christian culture in Virginia.
- The sanctity of life. Especially for the weakest of humans – the babies in the womb, the elderly and sick.
- The family – built on the marriage of one man and one woman.
- Free market economics.
- Protection of our environment – the land, water and air of Virginia.
- Educating children about our common history, culture and citizenship.
- And more…
We dare to think we can change the culture for the better – for the long term.
The Virginia First Foundation, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors.
James Atticus Bowden - Chairman, Board of Directors
James Atticus Bowden serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Virginia First Foundation, Inc. Mr. Bowden is a self-employed Defense consultant. His niche is ‘Futures.’ He is a writer. A longtime Conservative activist, he is the former elected Chairman of the 1st Congressional District and Poquoson City Committee, as well as a member, State Central Committee, Republican Party of Virginia. Mr. Bowden is retired U.S. Army Infantry officer. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (Class of 1972) and earned graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities.
Pastor Travis Witt- Board Member
Pastor Travis Witt has a Masters’ degrees in Religious Education and Counseling, graduating in 1986 from Liberty University. Pastor Witt has worked on various fatherhood initiatives, including the Virginia First Foundation project, “Fathers of Light,” that urges fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and uncles to take a stand against a culture that diminshes the role God has placed on them. This same passion, and willingness to lead, has given Pastor Witt the opportunity to advise many candidates for local and state-wide office regarding family matters.
Pastor Witt was a member of “Back to Life” a ministry to inmates in the Bedford County Jails that focused on rebuilding lives using Nehemiah 4:2 “how can we bring these stones back to life from heaps of rubble, burned as they are?” as their guidance. In that program, he was able to see inmates complete their GED as the group operated a cell block completely on Biblical principles. After discharge, some of the inmates found work and rebuilt their lives. The success of the program was short lived as the Regional Jail model for inmate population removed the ability to continue operating a Christian program.
Pastor Witt also engages in a living history portrayal of a Revolutionary period pastor, patriot, and politician, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, known as the original “Black Robe Regiment” pastor. He has traveled the Commonwealth educating churches and civic groups on the importance of being involved in the political arena.
Pastor Witt says, “Returning to the pulpit while still being engaged in politics has been interesting. Although told that discussion of religion and politics in social gatherings is forbidden, that has not stopped me from doing so most of the time. “
Steve Waters, Board Member
Steve Waters is a Founding Board Member of the Virginia First Foundation. Mr. Waters came to Virginia by way of North Carolina where he moved to Richmond, VA after working with various conservative candidates in NC and spending a brief stint in Washington, DC, working with Phyllis Schlafly’s, Eagle Forum.
Mr. Waters served as the Statewide Grassroots Director with The Family Foundation, the Virginia Family Policy Council for Focus on The Family. In 2006, Mr. Waters served as a statewide campaign leader for the 2006 Virginia Marriage Amendment. He was a co-founder of Pastors for Family Values, a group that spun out of the Virginia Marriage Amendment that mobilized pastors across Virginia from all Faiths and Ethnical backgrounds. While with TFF, he served as a lobbyist in Virginia General Assembly for Family Values, Limited and Constitutional Government and Second Amendment Rights.
Mr. Waters has advised and consulted local, state and federal conservative candidates across Virginia. He served as the Family Policy Advisor to former Governor George Allen in the 2012 U.S. Senate race and most recently was a Senior Advisor to Congressman Dave Brat in his successful victory over Eric Cantor in the VA-7th Congressional Primary in 2014.
He graduated from Greensboro College where he earned his degree in Political Science and was inducted into the National Political Science Honor Society. He lives in Henrico, VA with his wife and two sons. Steve loves having the blessings of faith and family and recognizes the need for such activism to protect these blessings bestowed upon us by our Creator.