First Priority of Tampa Bay serves Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties








Amber Johansen, Executive Director


Amber was born and raised in Tampa. After graduating from Leto High School, she attended Florida State University for her undergraduate degree and then the University of South Florida for her graduate degree in Government and International Studies. Her major thesis was on religion and politics, and her minor studies were on public policy in education. She and her husband, Seth, of 22 years live in south Tampa with their three children; 2 of whom attend a public school and the oldest is a Sophomore at Florida State University.

Amber has been involved with FPTB since 2009, when she began serving as a parent partner. In 2012, she consulted with FPTB as a Community Development Director, and in 2013 stepped into the position of Executive Director.

In addition to her role with First Priority of Tampa Bay, she has served on several boards, chaired fundraisers for non-profits, led family mission trips to Central and South America, and been involved in programs serving local schools.

Her background includes: Working with at-risk teens; teaching a coping skills program to middle and high school students; and speaking to church and community groups. She is currently blogging on how to parent tween and teens; serving in youth ministry at her church; mentoring several students and publishing articles.

Amber’s primary focus as Executive Director is: Vision casting, fundraising, program development, and ministry operations. Amber is available to speak on a wide range of topics including: the role of First Priority in the community, parenting,public education and faith based issues.

To read Amber’s peer reviewed article in the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies:









Jennifer Atkinson, Director for Pinellas County


Jennifer moved to Florida when she was 5 years old, and attended public school in Pinellas County. Jennifer and her husband, Joel, of 19 years live in Seminole with their 4 children; 3 attend local public schools and their oldest is a freshman at the University of Florida.

Her education includes an Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg College, many classes in Psychology at the University of South Florida, and several classes in Education at St. Petersburg College.

She has been involved in church ministry for many years including children’s ministry, youth ministry, and women’s ministry. She has taught children’s chapel, led Bible studies, led worship at women’s events, and currently leads worship at First Baptist of Indian Rocks.

Jennifer serves on several boards including: iWorkforHim, a radio ministry, and Urban Young Life.

Jennifer’s primary role with First Priority is: Vision casting, fundraising, equipping volunteers and students, and expanding groups/clubs in the Pinellas County area.


Denise Harvill, Volunteer Coordinator



Dr. Al-Aakhir Rogers, Community Director (Hillsborough)