Florida's Oldest United Methodist Church with Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am

Staff

Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob Sr

The Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob Sr., a native of Chipley, Florida, is an ordained elder and has been a member of the Alabama – West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1975. He has also served congregations in three other annual conferences of the UMC (North Georgia, Northern Illinois, and South Carolina).…

Rev. Ken Autrey

The Rev. Ken Autrey was born and reared in Selma, Alabama. He is a graduate of Livingston University, now known as The University of West Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received his Master of Divinity from The Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He was ordained Deacon in 1974…

Rev. Brandon Bures

Rev. Brandon Bures is a native of Bonifay, Florida. After graduating from high school, Brandon joined the United States Navy where he served as a Religious Program Specialist. During his time in the Navy, Brandon trained at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, was stationed in Japan, and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 for…

Rev. Dr. Rick Branch

The Rev. Dr. Rick Branch is the Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church. He is an ordained Deacon and is professionally certified as a Minister of Music. He received a B.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida and a M.A. in Church Music and Christian Education from the Presbyterian School…

Lisa Bond

Lisa joined the staff of First United Methodist Church in the fall of 2008. She has a B.A. in Christian Education from Huntingdon College. In addition to working at First Church, she currently serves on the Treehouse Board of the Pensacola Little Theater (Children’s Theatre Program) and volunteers at her children’s schools. She is married…

Denise VanAtta

Denise Van Atta joined the staff of First United Methodist Church in November of 2002. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds her Directors Credential for the state and is a Certified Trainer for the Early Childhood Coalition of Escambia County. She has served in several capacities at the church, from…

Debra Tallman

Debra Tallman has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. She has worked in the field of gerontology for over 35 years and joined the staff of First Church in 1998. She is married to Rev. James Tallman and has three children, Sarah, Emily and Audra. She also…

Christopher Varnson

Christopher Varnson was born and raised in First United Methodist Church of Pensacola since 1992. He is currently enrolled as a student at the University of West Florida and pursuing a Degree of Business. He spends his summers working in the Appalachian Mountains for Wilderness Trail backpacking ministries. He is the now the new yearly…

Jeb Hunt

Jeb Hunt is a native of Pensacola, Florida and serves as the Creative Director at First United Methodist Church in Pensacola. As Creative Director, Jeb is responsible for the overall communication strategies for Florida’s oldest Methodist church including print, web, and television advertising. He received a B.A. Degree in Communication Arts with a specialization in Telecommunications…