Stephen Nelson, lead pastor
“Jesus is the subject, I am a verb. I’m here to awaken the passion inside the hearts of others, then watch them shine.”
Pastor Stephen lives to see people’s lives transformed by awakening the God dream inside of them so that they live & serve according to their passions. His personal philosophy of teaching and preaching is “no man has the right to take the Word of God and make it boring.”
Stephen holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Bible from Mid-America Christian University, and continues his education and training through The Be Bold Academy, the Healthy Growing Churches Network and various other avenues. Stephen’s ordination and licensing is through the Church of God (Anderson). Since 1998, he has served in full-time Pastoral Ministry roles in churches in Tulsa, OK, Coral Springs, FL, and Hot Springs, AR.
He and Shelly married in 1990. They love to spend quality time with their three boys in a variety of ways including sports, gardening, video games, and trips to the beach.
Lexi Rubin, The mix(Campus ministry)
“The Mix” is the new name of our college campus crew – “everyone can find a place to belong in the Mix”! Lexi is a Psychology Major at Northwestern State University (NSU), where she is involved in student government and Phi Mu. At Awaken, Lexi contributes greatly to our weekly Bible Study Circles, and volunteers in AKA Club (Children’s Ministry).
Lexi says she loves Awaken because of the environment of love, which gives college students a home away from home. Lexi is already gathering a team of college students to be the difference on campus, and is even kicking off a ministry focused Instagram page - @Awaken_theMix .
Shelly NelsoN, Ninja Ops and AKA Club
Shelly is wife to Pastor Steve, mother to Christian, Jericho and Nile, and our "behind the scenes" team leader. She and her team handle the website, graphic arts, video editing and production, audio/visual, etc. She is also our interim AKA Club team leader and tries to lead all of Awaken's children in a discovery of their own, personal relationship with Jesus.
Shelly is focused on supporting her husband, family and church in any way she can, as long as she isn't the center of attention. One of her passions for Awaken Church is making certain that we are a "special needs friendly" place. Shelly and Stephen have an autistic child and this experience has helped them see more clearly the challenges and issues faced by families with special needs children. Her goal is to make sure every family feels they can attend church and that Awaken has support for them in place when they attend.
ZACH GEORGE, worship arts
Zach George is from Natchitoches, Louisiana. He graduated from Lakeview High School in Campti, La in 2014 and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La as well as Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. He’s been in ministry since he was young, when he started playing on the worship team at his home church, Family Worship Center in Black Lake, Louisiana.
Since then he’s been the worship leader/pastor and Calvary Assembly of God in Fairview, Louisiana, and Dallas Christian Assembly in Plano, Texas. He currently works at Walmart in Natichitoches and leads worship for Awaken Church! Fun fact, he’s really into reading fantasy and scifi books, as well as studying apologetics and the scriptures.