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In the heart of San Diego's Mission Valley community, we are a congregation that welcomes all people. Whether you're looking for grief support groups or ministries, giving opportunities or current events in our community, First United Methodist Church San Diego has something for you.

To help you get to know us better, we offer information on everything from our FUMCSD staff, ministries and worship services to where to find us. If you would like to learn more about who we are, please scroll down and get to know our diverse and knowledgable team. On our FUMCSD team, you will find our Pastors, Spiritual Growth leaders, Music Ministry staff, Administration, Communications leaders, Facilities staff, and our Children's Growing Center staff. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Our FUMCSD staff looks forward to hearing from you.

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Denise Vick

Denise Vick

Director, Children's Growing Centeroffice: 619-297-4366 ext.144

My name is Denise Vick and I’m the Director of the Children’s Growing Center. I’m a native San Diegan and happily live with my beloved husband. I’m also a devoted aunt to three nephews and one niece, all of whom attended CGC!

I’ve always loved children and began working in the field of Early Childhood Education in 1990 as an afternoon aide at a Montessori preschool. Once I had the “preschool bug” I quickly changed my college major to Child Development while attending Cuyamaca and Grossmont community colleges.

I then went on to a for-profit center as the Lead Teacher of the infant and toddler room and Educational Coordinator for over six years. I’ve been the Lead Teacher in the Silver Team, Supervising Teacher of the entire CGC staff, and Substitute Director at the Children’s Growing Center since December of 1997 and became Director of CGC in September 2011.

I graduated with a BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College with an Infant/Toddler Specialization. I also have my child center permit, I am CPR/First Aid certified, and I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

I’ve have known my entire life that I wanted to work with children in some capacity.  I’m amazed and honored everyday to see them grow and develop as they move throughout our school. I love that I get to partner with the parents, teachers, and children to make CGC a nurturing, supportive community and give our children the best start in life!

I invite you to contact us... to learn more about the program at the Children's Growing Center...

Denise Vick, Director at the Children's Growing Center