American Character Builders has been educating the youth of America for over three decades. Based out of Birmingham Al, American Character Builders is working to provide schools, churches, and communities with the most up to date and effective material possible.
A Brief History
In June 1937 a group of concerned leaders from Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches came together to discuss and organize an inter-denominational temperance program. The group met at the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham AL and organized the Alabama Temperance Alliance (ATA).
In the 1960s the organization changed its name to the Alabama Council on Alcohol Problems and then in the 1970s, again changed its name to the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP). Now known as American Character Builders, this 501c3 organization continues to provide evidenced-based educational programs that address addictive behaviors and some of the underlying causes that lead students and adults to get caught up in these addictive behaviors. Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, gambling and other unhealthy choices contribute to the decline in the quality of life in any given society. American Character Builders offers an essential service by educating students and adults concerning the dangers of potential addictive behaviors.
A six-member Board of Directors preforms its governing duties on a volunteer basis. The organization operates though the financial support of concerned individuals, corporate gifts and community-oriented organizations.
Dr Joe Godfrey
President and Chief Executive Officer
A native of Rome, Georgia, Joe Godfrey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He, also, received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Judson College in Marion, AL in 2005.
Godfrey pastored churches in Alabama for 26 ½ years. In 2003 and 2004 he served two, one-year terms as President of the Alabama Baptist Convention. In April 2007 he was selected by the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP) Board to succeed Dr. Dan Ireland as executive director.
Godfrey’s duties with ALCAP include lobbying the Alabama Legislature concerning moral issues, particularly those related to addictive behaviors, such as alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling; and consulting with communities that are fighting wet-dry elections or gambling expansion. His responsibilities related to American Character Builders include fund-raising and oversight of the program and staff.
Godfrey serves on several local, state and national boards including: The Samford University Board of Trustees; the Alabama Tobacco-Free Coalition Board; the American Council on Addiction & Alcohol Problems Board (ACAAP); and the Stop Predatory Gambling Board (SPG).