Awaken Church











Awaken Church is a Nondenominational church, started in 2013 as a church plant. Under the direction of Pastors Andrew Southwick and Jay Scutt, Awaken Church began ministry in the Eagle Ridge Mall in the Lake Wales community.  Pastor Joe Craft was brought on to the Awaken Team in 2015.  After considerable prayer and vision casting, the leadership team, composed of the pastors and elders, decided to move away from the mall in 2016.


Awaken Church found a new home at Candlelight Christian Academy in Lake Wales, Florida.  In 2017 Pastor Andrew Southwick felt called to minister elsewhere.  Pastors Jay and Joe continued on as associate pastors.  In March, 2018, Pastor Jay resigned as pastor making Pastor Joe the sole pastor over the flock of Awaken Church.


Since at Candlelight, Awaken Church has grown into a thriving ministry serving God and the Lake Wales community.  The church averages around 100 members who faithfully attend and serve God.  Worship services are relaxed as members are encouraged to come as they are.  The dress is casual and outside freshments from breakfast are permitted.  We welcome all people to check out Awaken Church and be impacted by Christ. 

Welcome to Awaken! 


Awaken Church Vision Statement


Awaken Church is committed to serving each other and our city in Jesus' Name By:


  • Reaching Our Relationally - Evangelism, Discipleship, Worship, and Missions are built upon long-term, genuine relationships.


  • Investing Intentionally - Money doesn't help people, people help people. We invest in each other with every resource we have so that we are better equipped to invest outward in a lost and dying world.


  • Teaching Truth - We are founded on, and shaped by God's Word. We desire to know His Truth and to help each other apply God's Truth to our lives every day.


                       Awaken Church Mission Statement


Awaken Church exists to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ.


Awaken Church Founding Verse


"Wake up, oh sleeper, rise from the dead, Jesus will shine on you." Ephesians 5:14b


Awaken Church Tagline


Awakening every life with the life of Jesus Christ.