Awaken Core Team

They are responsible for the day to day and week to week happenings at Awaken. 

They meet monthly to pray, discern, plan, create, and carry out the vision of Awaken. 

Core Team members lead the ministry teams that make Awaken what it is. 

If you're interested in getting involved feel free to email any of them for more information

  • JOsh Peterson

    Josh loves people, and he has fantastic hair! He'll tell you he wishes he had more curl in his hair, but he has great hair. Josh's love of life and of people is infectous. Josh works with our connections team and also is our go to worship leader when John Mark is on tour.   

    Email Josh

  • micaela elzea

    Micaela’s laugh is contagious and her first instinct is to extend open arms to anyone and everyone. She is intuitively thoughtful and places significant meaning in acts of service. She leads our Communications and Events team and has the great responsibility of keeping our congregation in the loop on what’s happening. She is also is the person to go to for tips on how to get things done!

    Email Micaela

  • mandy taylor

    Mandy oversees our Kids Community which includes nursery through 5th grade.  She works with our team leaders in each of the classrooms to ensure our kids are loved and cared for by adults who are modeling what it looks like to follow Jesus.  

    Email Mandy

  • jenna daniels

    Jenna is a down-to-earth, life-giving person to be around.  She is someone who models what it means to follow Jesus. Jenna leads our Connections Team, Care, and Mission efforts at Awaken including both our local and global efforts.

    Email Jenna

  • chris kimpston

    Chris’ middle name is Awesome. He’s one of our interns from Bethel. He's also from Iowa so he's a friendly neighbor from the south. He’s a bright young guy with a love for the Bible and theology. He's also our house bass player, a former opera major and an aspiring pastor. Chris is leading our efforts on the Tech Team as well as helping to tell stories and further the teaching that happens on Sundays.

    Email Chris

  • Jane burg

    Jane is our Director of Life Groups and Spiritual Formation.  She spends the majority of her time with the Life Groups leaders at Awaken who are loving and caring for the people in their groups as well as planning and offering opportunities for formation to happen. 

    Email Jane

  • john mark nelson

    John Mark is an old soul. He tours and gigs and writes his own music and he leads our musicians at Awaken. He's a critical voice in crafting our Sunday experience and we're having fun watching him find his voice as a shepherd and leader. Also, who doesn't love a guy with two first names?

    Email John Mark

  • micah witham

    Micah is a teacher, theologian, story-teller and entrepreneur. He brings ideas to life and he's a catalyst for change and vision at Awaken.  He's always asking the important question of "What if we did it this way?" or "Can you imagine Awaken doing this?" 

    Email Micah

  • JOan Testa

    Joan is leading our efforts in the areas of prayer.  Whether that be our Sunday gatherings, midweek requests that come in or special events, Joan's heart is for Awaken to be a community that continues to seek God in all that we do through prayer.  

    Email Joan

  • Trevor Daniels

    Trevor heads up our efforts for our 6-12 graders at Awaken.  Trevor is the life of the party and the perfect ring leader for our budding student ministry.  He's recently engaged to Jessie and has big plans and dreams for students at Awaken. 

    Email Trevor