WELCOME TO AWAKEN CHICAGO
We are excited to build with you a genuine, diverse community of believers, mindfully dependent on the Spirit and engaged in the work of the Kingdom. A church community that seeks to display the transformative power of Jesus throughout the realities of life.
A church community that embraces diversity of thought, experience and people to manifest the work of the Lord. A church community that is actively inviting into our community those who have been forsaken or forgotten by the church.
• GENUINE • UNHURRIED •
• COLLABORATIVE • IMAGINATIVE •
• BOLD • RESILIENT •
VALUES OF AWAKEN CHICAGO
MEET THE STAFF
"I am so excited about the adventure of Awaken Chicago and am privileged to be one of the pastors of this unique community. I became a pastor after 30 years of working in the marketplace. Being a pastor is a different vocational calling, but it is the same mission. As followers of Jesus all of us are called to share the good news of Jesus by our words and deeds – wherever Jesus has sent us."
"I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with this community in living out the Good News of Jesus here in the city of Chicago. I serve with the worship/programming ministry here cultivating invitational spaces where we can bring our full selves into the presence of God and respond with all that we are to His unconditional love. I also get to collaboratively teach and preach the word with our Pastoral team, alongside serving wherever there is a need."
Stephen Kelly Awaken Pastor
"I am excited about the values we have identified for Awaken Chicago! We want them to be more than words on the website – we want them to truly identify our church culture. I am thankful to be serving alongside all of you in making a change in our city. God has already been working in amazing ways and I can't wait to see what God will do through our community."
Rick Wood Awaken Pastor
I am so excited to see what God is so doing through our community. It has been so humbling to see how God has orchestrated every detail, even when it may have been difficult to see! I am incredibly thankful to be serving alongside this amazing team. Being born and raised in Chicago, I am so thankful to be a part of what God is doing in our city through Awaken Chicago.
When I was in college I heard a speaker say "Sometimes the things that frustrate you the most are the things you're meant to help better." I'm here to help be a part of something that is reflective of the church experience we all want to have, the "beloved community" as Martin Luther King, Jr. called it. I used to think that creatively the Church wasn't the best place to use your talents, now I realize that it's the place where they're so desperately needed. There comes a point where you go from looking for a great church to helping trying to create one, this is that time for me.
Creative Content Developer
The reason that I am excited to serve in this community is that I truly believe that as broken as we are, we are completely invited, and welcomed into God’s kingdom. This is a place that accepts the broken and unwanted. I found my place and my passion to serve authentically and truthfully at Awaken. My healing and restoration happen here and I hope this community can become that place for you as well.