Awaken Church


After years of youth ministry, Kevin felt a calling from the Lord to plant a church. He didn’t know when or where, but he knew that when the time was right, God would clarify all the questions.

In February of 2008, Kevin and Jenn flew to Tennessee to narrow it down between Jackson, TN and Clarksville, TN. After spending time in each city, and lots of prayer, they decided that Clarksville was the place to go. They began praying about timing, and upon returning home to Albuquerque, decided that it wasn’t the right time quite yet. After about 6 months of waiting, they began praying a lot about moving. They knew there would always be a reason to stay where they were comfortable, and at some point, they’d have to get up and go. They made that decision on Saturday, October 16, 2008 – they were heading to Clarksville, TN in June of 2009 once their Albuquerque commitments were fulfilled.

In May of 2009, Kevin resigned as the middle school youth pastor at Calvary Albuquerque, one of the biggest churches in the nation. They spent the next couple of weeks packing, then set out in the middle of June on the adventure of church planting!

Awaken Church began with 8 consecutive outreaches to the city of Clarksville, called UNIGHT. They would gather at a different park each Saturday evening, grill burgers, hang out with people, and share the Gospel. That’s where the core of Awaken began – a few people even accepted Christ in parks across the city! Soon, Kevin began teaching a Wednesday Bible study in the living room of one of the couples that they had met at their very first park outreach. That Bible study ran about 6 weeks until Awaken Church officially opened its doors on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in a building on Riverside Dr. that they had just signed the lease papers on 11 days prior!

After only 7 months, the church was wiped out in the Flood that hit middle Tennessee on May 2, 2010. The only things they were able to save were some electronics and wall art – everything else had been destroyed. For many young church plants, that could have been the final blow, but not for Awaken! They continued weekly meetings on Wednesday and Saturday nights in the second flood of a bank just a couple blocks away. Thanks to God and many people’s financial and prayerful support, only 2 1/2 months after the flood, Awaken held its “Grand Re-Opening” in its Riverside building on Sunday, July 11, 2010, as they transitioned from a Saturday night weekend service to a Sunday morning service.

Awaken’s story is still being written and God is using the church to reach families, individuals, neighborhoods, and the city at large!

Find out more about Awaken Church on their website:

You can also watch a series of videos from Pastor Kevin about The Call to plant a church, The Flood they endured, and his vision for The Future of Awaken Church.


3 thoughts on “Awaken Church

  1. It’s amazing to think back and see how things were lined up like puzzle pieces one at a time so it could and continue to come together!!!!!!

  2. My first time at awaken was yesterday, Sunday the 26th of February 2017. I am an older woman (70). I enjoyed your service very much. I would like to make a suggestion, when you have a call to the alter for people to come an except CHRIST as their personal Savior, You My Dear Kevin, should also ask people to come and renew their faith. Christian’s, some not all become slack in their faith. BACK SLIDERS. 🙏🏼❤. I’m not suggesting to take away the awesome feeling for the new ones, but after, call the others down. WE ALL NEED PRAYER EVERYDAY. AGAIN, YOUR SERMON WAS AN EYE OPENING SERMON PRAISE GOD AND THANK YOU FOR BEING GOD’S VESSAL 🙏🏼✝️❤

    • I visited Sunday, August 20, 2017. It was the most uncomfortable I have ever been in a “church”. Visitors are asked to wait outside (in the heat) to register (one at a time). Most seats we wanted to sit were saved. We finally sat in a “quiet” room where people continued to converse after the service began.

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