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

Youth (7th-12th)

First Church’s active and vibrant youth ministry provides an environment for youth to learn, pray, serve, fellowship, develop friendships, and grow. With a focus on mission and serving others, our youth learn to live their faith.




Join us for our Youth kickoff where you’ll
have the chance to join in community with
your Church family. This event will be filled
with games, dinner, and fellowship.





First Church follows Safe Sanctuaries procedures to create an environment in which children, youth, and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space.


Denise Van Atta, Director of Tweens and Youth Ministries
Email Denise, 850-432-1434
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 Directory 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.