Steve is Lead Pastor of Awaken Church.  Steve, along with his wife, Courtney, and their energetic kids (Natalie, Isaiah, and Faith), planted Awaken Church with the hopes of it becoming a life-giving community of faith.  Steve does most of the teachings, works with church planters-in-progress, and develops the vision for the church.

He is a Midwest kind of guy.  He loves the outdoors – hunting, fishing, disc golf, hiking, and cycling – anything to get outside in the great state of Michigan.  The only thing keeping him “in-doors” is an opportunity to watch a Star Wars Saga.

He lives in Grand Ledge, MI with his family.


Dan & Katrice have worked with children for over 30 years in various forms from coaching sports to running summer camps to leading childcare at church.

Dan & Katrice are married and are parents to son, Kaleb, and daughter, Jazlyn. In their spare time, they most enjoy nature walks, reading, and spending time with their family. 


Corban has worked in various arts roles for over 15 years. He's a musician, brand strategist, graphic designer, and wanna-be photographer. At Awaken, Corban oversees music, tech, and communications.

On his day off, you can find Corban at a local Grand Ledge brewery, or wandering in the woods. Corban lives in Portland, MI with his wife, Audrey, and two daughters Sophia and Ella.


LUIS TORRES, Church Planter

Luis formerly served at Awaken Church as a resident pastor and now has been sent to plant a church in Lansing's Old Town.  When you meet Luis, don’t be surprised if he hugs you – he’s a hugger.

Luis has served in ministry for a number of years and has a deep passion for the city of Lansing. Luis and his wife, Maria, are currently building a launch team for their new church plant. To learn more about The Mix Church visit 


Shawna has a passion for helping others and loving the Grand Ledge area community. She enjoys event planning and coordinating.

During her down time you can find her off-roading, kayaking, or watching movies. She lives in Eagle with her husband Keith, son Ryder, and their two dogs.

ANDY & ELLIE BRACE, Connections

As the Connections Coordinator at Awaken, Ellie is excited to play a role in creating a culture where people feel loved and connected. 

Ellie previously worked for a non-profit where she ran an inner city youth program. She now has the pleasure of being a stay-at-home mom to her three year old daughter, Quinn. Her hobbies include: going out to eat, laughing with friends and netflixing with her husband Andy.

Andy (shirtless on the right) serves as an advisor to Awaken and oversees accounting.

The Brace family lives in Portland along with their two dogs.