OUR PASTORS AND STAFF

Frank Liu - Pastor

AwakenChurch

frank@awakenchurchjax.org

Tell me what makes you tick as a pastor?

A number of years ago, I spent some time away with God. During that retreat that God "spoke" to me and shared with me a very personal message...

"Frank, I have not created you for insignificance."

That statement...that affirmation has launched me into discovering a newfound passion to make my life count. My daily motivation comes from seeing people around me living incomplete lives...lives that fall short of who God has created them to become. My heart is to help people reach and fulfill their God-given potential. To that end, I will challenge, teach, cajole, flog, bribe, and otherwise motivate those around me to settle for nothing less than God's best and to fulfill their responsibility to advance God's Kingdom in our generation.

What are you passionate about? What is a daily drive for you?

My heart is to see people fulfill their God-given potential. When I look at your young people today, I see people who are struggling with insecurities, a lack of purpose, and a lack of impact. I see young people who are hungering for meaning and spirituality, but not looking to Jesus Christ and the church to satisfy that hunger.

I simply want to do my part by helping others nurture the passion and gifts in their soul as God has nurtured and grown mine.

What is one thing you want most for Awaken Church to do well?

"Some people want to live within the sound of chapel bells, but I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of hell." - C.T. Studd

When I envision our church, I picture a medical clinic set in the midst of a battlefield. And, in that clinic there is a clear responsibility to: (1) be a sanctuary where broken people can find healing and rest, and (2) to arm and equip those same people to return to the battlefield. The Bible teaches us that we are in the midst of a spiritual war and I want to our people to discover what it is to live in the midst of that reality. The first part of that reality is to have people come and discover a meaningful relationship with God and God's people that help heal and build lives. The second part of that reality is to remind people of our life's purpose and empower them to daily live out that mandate. I pray our church will do both of these well.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I REALLY enjoy spending time with my wife and four children. My family has this striking balance of "chaotic-stability" that I love being around. I also enjoy reading, playing video games, and whatever sports my aging body is able to endure and board games.

What do you want God to say about your time on earth?

I know that someday I will stand before the Lord and be accountable for how I have spent my life here. I hope HE will be pleased with how I have tried to be a loving husband, devoted father, empowering pastor, and faithful friend. Most importantly, however, I pray God will look into my eyes and tell me, "Well done, my good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your Master."

Walter "Vashii" Nemecek - Pastor

AwakenChurch

nemecek@awakenchurchjax.org

What makes you tick as a pastor?

God showing His grace and love for mankind by sending Jesus to liberate us from the bondage of sin is the most important event in history and has impacted my life more than anything else. The new life that I experience as a follower of Jesus motivates almost everything I do and my hope is that I would learn to love God in the same way that He loves me.

What are you passionate about? What is a daily drive for you?

I love serving others and helping everyone in the church function together as the Bible describes "the body". I desire for each person to understand what he or she can do to serve and be actively involved in following the Lord. I want to see people change the world and experience an amazing life that can only be found by following Jesus.

What is one thing you want most for Awaken Church to do well?

We as collective individuals in the church make up the body that will follow, serve, love, and honor Christ. My hope is that our church responds to Christ's words; that we may be His Bride as he intended.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I have free time, I jump at the opportunity to be outdoors on an adventure. I love to go fishing, lobstering, spear fishing, shrimping, camping, hiking, canoeing with my family or friends. I also enjoy playing sports like basketball, football, volleyball, softball or golf. My wife, daughters, and I like doing family activities like planting a garden, building a tilapia pond, or just playing board games at the house. My kids are very entertaining; they sing, dance, play the guitar and put on shows all of the time to keep us laughing.

What do you want God to say about your time on earth?

My hope is that when God evaluates my life, he would say to me, "Well done good and faithful servant," as in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:23. In 1 Corinthians 4 Paul speaks of stewards of the mysteries of God being found trustworthy and how that when Christ returns He will examine our hearts and will praise us accordingly; I greatly look forward to praise from God not only for what I have done but for the condition of my heart before God.

Andrew Roberts - Pastor

AwakenChurch (Jacksonville Christian Life)

roba0016@msn.com

Tell me what makes you tick as a campus director?

If the next generation is going to step up and change the world for Jesus Christ, then the revolution must come from the college demographic. Nowhere else does passion, freedom, and energy collide with the volatility to create a movement that will change the world. In many ways, I believe I have stepped into a war zone and my motivation is to tip the scales in favor of the Kingdom.

What are you passionate about? What is a daily drive for you?

When asked if I am passionate, I would counter and ask you if I am dangerous. No, I am not a legendary kung fu warrior, like Po the Panda from the movie, "Kung Fu Panda", but I do believe that I am dangerous. Dangerous for God and dangerous if you mess with my family or friends. I love my Savior and King and I am passionate about His kingdom. I love my wife and am passionate about our marriage. I would also say that I am passionate about seeing people united in loving relationships with each other and Jesus Christ.

What is one thing you want most for Awaken Church to do well?

I want Awaken Church to do all things well, but if I had to pick one thing I would desire for Awaken Church to exist, gather, pray, and seek God in UNITY!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to read just about any book, but my favorite categories are history and sci-fi/fantasy. I also spend a lot of time talking to my wife about Star Wars and Lord of the Rings...yeah, I know I am a geek.

What do you want God to say about your time on earth?

I would like God to say, "Here is a man who loved Me and loved his family". Oh, and "He was dangerous".