Awakening Every Life with the Life of Jesus Christ
Awaken Church Florida
Your Church in Lake Wales
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Who We Are
About Awaken Church
The work that God gave the Church is to make disciples. That is what we are called to and that is what we are. Awaken Church is founded on, shaped by, and focused on the exposition of God’s Word. We believe God’s Word is alive, active, and effective and we will preach it, teach it, and live it. We never want to be able to explain the success of an event, outreach, or worship experience. As God leads, we will act in such fearless faith that the end result is undeniably God.
Awaken Church is committed to serving each other and our city in Jesus' name by reaching out relationally, investing intentionally, and teaching truth.
At Awaken Church Florida, we offer congregants of all ages a chance to give back by joining our wide range of ministries. Our Pastoral Services allows current members or newcomers to be involved with our ongoing mission of spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ to our ever-growing community. Giving back is ingrained into our philosophy and it’s at the root of our very being.
Shaping Your Faith
The goal of Awaken Church is to partner with parents to see God raise up generations of children who love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Awaken Church uses a dynamic Bible-based curriculum from DigIn Online Ministries. Each week children receive a Bible lesson taught by one of our skilled children's leaders, a craft, game, and snack. Children stay with their caregivers during the opening part of the service before being dismissed for Children's Church. We believe families should have the opportunity to worship together. Nursery (ages birth through age 3) is available throughout the entire service.
Awaken Church believes in protecting our children. You can be reassured that all children's workers have completed a thorough background check and screening process.
Preparing the Next Generation to Serve Jesus Christ
Awaken Church Youth is faithful, loud, impacting, and life-changing! Led by Youth Leader Steven Clark, Awaken Church Youth meets each Sunday night from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Candlelight Christian Academy. The service includes dinner for all in attendance, worship, a Bible-based lesson, and games.
Awaken Church Youth also attend summer camps, volunteer within the community, and participate in Sunday services.
Iron Sharpens Iron
Awaken Church has an incredible group of men. The men of Awaken are called to lead their families and to be example of Godly character in church and the community. The Awaken Men meet monthly for breakfast and special events throughout the year. Dare to lead and the man of God he has called you to be!
Building Relationships and Serving Together
Awaken Church has a strong group of women that serve their families, the church, and community. They are empowered the Holy Spirit to serve God and one another with grace, kindness, and love. The Women's Ministry meets regularly and seeks to support other women and ministries within the church and community.
Meet Our Pastors
Committed to Instilling Faith into All Congregants
Pastor Jay served as a music pastor, youth pastor, and teaching pastor since 1993 at three different churches before moving from South Florida to start and co-pastor Awaken Church in 2014. Pastor Jay and his wife, Princess, have been married since 2004. Jay's God-given passion is to point the poor and the poor in spirit to everlasting hope in Jesus Christ. His life has reflected his passion through his ministry in the local church, as well as through international missions to Haiti, Africa, and India. Pastor Jay serves on the advisory board of Haiti's Hope, an orphanage for girls in Haiti and is the author of the book, Leaving the Grapes, which is available through Amazon. Along with his pastoral duties Jay teaches fifth grade at Candlelight Christian Academy in Lake Wales, Florida.
Pastor Joe served as a youth and teaching pastor since 2010. Before coming to Awaken Church in 2015 Pastor Joe and his wife Rachel served as youth leaders at First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Florida. Pastor Joe and his wife have been married since 2007. Joe's spiritual gifts include teaching, exhortation, and leadership. He has a heart for the churched and lost community and he hopes that Awaken will provide a place for people within the community to come and worship Jesus Christ boldly and passionately. Along with his pastoral duties Joe teaches fifth grade at Winter Haven Christian School in Winter Haven, Florida. Joe and Rachel have three children: Caleb (6), Lilianne (4), and Emmett.