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 Preschool Director to her current position as Director of Tween and Youth Ministries. Denise enjoys running and has run in several half marathons and marathons. She is married to Ricky Van Atta and has a daughter, Brady.