Awaken is led by Dave and his wife Stephanie. Having been married in 2012, Dave and Stephanie both had a vision to create a church where everyone is met exactly where they find themselves, in whatever story or experience they find themselves living. It’s how Jesus lived. It’s how Jesus treated everyone he came across.
Growing up in Westchester his whole life, Dave hasn’t moved too far. His longest time out of New York was the four years he spent attending Grove City College in Pennsylvania before attending Alliance Theological Seminary to complete his MDiv degree. It was during the completion of his ordination through the Christian & Missionary Alliance that Dave felt this inner urge to start something new and unique within the White Plains area. So in 2011, he finished his 5 years of working as Youth Pastor at Hillside Church in Armonk, NY and set out to launch Awaken.
Stephanie, on the other hand, was born in the Netherlands before moving to Pittsburgh, PA. Yet, she didn’t stay there long as at the age of 15 she moved to NYC to begin a professional dance career with the New York City Ballet where she danced in their corps for 10 years. Stephanie now spends her time pursuing her psychology degree and teaching ballet to up and coming stars.