Pastors

Frank Liu

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, God ‘spoke’ to me and shared 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 use whatever means I have available to 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 to nurture the passion and gifts in their soul as God has nurtured and grown mine.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT AWAKEN CHURCH TO DO WELL?
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 the church that will 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.

“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

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 and board games, and whatever sports my aging body is able to endure.

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.”

Vashii Nimecek

vashii@awakenchurchjax.org

TELL ME WHAT MAKES YOU TICK AS A PASTOR?
God, showing His grace and love for mankind by sending Jesus to liberate us from the bodage 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 He loves me.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? WHAT IS A DAILY DRIVE FOR YOU?
I love seeing 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 only can be found by following Jesus.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT MOST FOR AWAKEN CHURCH TO DO WELL?
We, as collective individual sin 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 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 I 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

andrew@awakenchurchjax.org

TELL ME WHAT MAKES YOU TICK AS A PASTOR AND 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.”

Richard Dubay

rdubay@awakenchurchjax.org

TELL ME WHAT MAKES YOU TICK AS A PASTOR?
Before becoming a pastor at Awaken Church, I had an opportunity to pursue another ministry that would have taken me away from Jacksonville and my church family. Going through that process and submitting the decision to the Lord helped me to realize just how much I loved the community at Awaken and wanted to invest more of myself into serving there. The other opportunity didn’t pan out, and it was shortly thereafter that the Pastors approached me about joining the pastoral team and it seemed like an answer to my prayers. Ever since then I have felt that this is where God wants me to be, serving as a bi-vocational Pastor at AwakenChurch. My heartbeat is to continue to ask God how He can use me to introduce people to God and help them to grow in relationship with Him.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? WHAT IS A DAILY DRIVE FOR YOU?
I love making people feel welcome and extending hospitality. One thing that I love about our church is the great community we have. As a pastor, I feel so blessed to help new people feel welcome and be part of connecting them to our community of believers . I am motivated when I see people caring for one another and living in community, as we say “doing life together”. I know this happens best if we are first connecting daily with God and seeking to live out His commands.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT MOST FOR AWAKEN CHURCH TO DO WELL?
I want Awaken Church to be known for living out our faith. It is not enough to just know what God says and what is right and wrong but we must be applying it to our everyday lives. Jesus said the greatest command is to Love God and Love people. I hope our church will seek to do that with our whole heart!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I love spending time with my amazing wife and two sweet children. I also enjoy working on projects around the house, playing disc golf or basketball when I get a chance, and cheering on my favorite Teams- Go Jags and Go Gators!

WHAT DO YOU WANT GOD TO SAY ABOUT YOUR TIME ON EARTH?
That I used my time on earth to Glorify Him and build up the church. And that I led my family well and taught them the ways of the Lord.

Staff

Dave & Laura Raab

Laura Raab – Administrative Coordinator
laura@awakenchurchjax.org
Laura was born and raised in Middleburg, FL . She accepted Jesus as Savior at the age of 5, and has been active in church throughout her life. Currently she is the Administrative Coordinator for AwakenChurch. She is involved in coordinating volunteers for AwakenKids, handles building reservations, and coordinates various other aspects of Awaken. She also enjoys serving as a volunteer in AwakenKids.

David Raab – Finance Coordinator
dave@awakenchurchjax.org

David is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Florida after college to pursue a job opportunity. He accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 10, and has also been active in church throughout his life. Currently he is the Finance Coordinator for AwakenChurch. He also serves on the worship team.

David and Laura have been married since January of 2016. They have been partners with Awaken for over 2 years, and are active in their homegroup, TBA.