Our Staff

Ricky Atkins

Communications Director

Hometown: Maitland, Florida
My Story: Born and raised in the Orlando Florida area. My parents and extended family have always been leaders in our church, so I feel like I was always there. Was baptized on Easter Sunday when I was 8 years old after professing my faith in Jesus. Enjoyed being active in youth group at church, where I developed a heart for helping people on various mission trips. Went to college at Palm Beach Atlantic University and studied Biology. After college, moved to Madrid, Spain for a year to teach English. There I was involved in a great small group with my future siblings-in-law Josh and Antonia. This small group was instrumental for me to make the change from just being a fan of Jesus to becoming a real follower. I was also able to meet my wife when she came to visit her brother so that is good too.
Ministry Area: Administration, Young Adults
Family: Married to my beautiful wife, Ally, for 4 years. She is a nurse and together we co-lead the Young Adult group at Oakdale called the HUB for 20-somethings. We have an infant son named Ezekiel. My parents and siblings all live in Orlando. My wonderful in-laws are Kevin and Michelle Baker. I have 6 siblings-in-law that live in MD, VA and NY. Most importantly, I have the best niece in the world, Belén, who is 2 years old!
Passion: Helping people find authentic Christian community
Favorite Activities: Traveling, long walks, the beach, bike rides, Orlando City Soccer in MLS, Florida State Seminoles Football
Little-Known Facts: I’ve lived in 3 other countries, Spain, Grenada and Guatemala.