Our Leadership Team

The Awakening's staff, made up of both full-time and volunteer members, is a team is committed to serving Jesus Christ, this generation, and every person we come into contact with.

  • In 2009, Max and Jessica launched The Awakening with the mission to empower this generation to change the world. They have ministered in more than 60 different nations, lead diverse missions efforts, mentor and develop leaders globally, and intentionally invest in the next generation. They Both graduated from Southwestern Christian University where Max now serves in the Executive Committee of SCU's Board of Trustees.

    As well as leading The Awakening, IPHC World Missions appointed Max as Regional Director for South America. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Pentecostal World Fellowship World Missions Commission, in the NGN Global Cabinet for Empowered21 and is an Ordained minister in the Heartland conference of the IPHC. 

    Max and Jessica live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their children and firmly believe this generation will change the world. 

  • Carolyne Smith

    Coordinator of Operations

    Carolyne was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from Emmanuel College. After completing her degree in business administration, Carolyne knew God was leading her to take action on her love of missions by moving to Szigetszentmiklos, Hungary. After helping launch The Awakening International Base she relocated to serve at the global headquarters in Oklahoma as Coordinator of Operations. She is confident that as this generation goes into the world in obedience and wholehearted love, we will all see the gospel sweep the globe and transform lives.

  • Madeline Nix

    Coordinator of Spiritual Formation and Development

    In the Summer of 2012 Madeline went on her first mission trip with the Awakening and has not stopped going since! She has ministered in over 15 different nations leading mission trips, mentoring young emerging leaders, and intentionally investing in the next generation.  As an ordained minister in the Mississippi Conference and with a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, Madeline leads the way in the spiritual development of interns.

  • Seth Nix

    Coordinator of Mobilization

    Seth is a gifted worship leader and song writer, and is a member of The Awakening Band. Worship is what is in his heart and he loves to see youth and young adults embrace the love of God through lyrics and music. Seth wants to take his gifts and talents to unreached people groups of the world through pioneering new missions work in places that have not yet been reached. Seth has served with The Awakening since 2010.

  • Betsy Salazar Hope

    Coordinator of Teams & International Relations

    Betsy grew up as a missionary child in Brussels, Belgium where she had a first-hand encounter with missions. There, she developed a burden to do whatever it takes to see Jesus glorified on this earth. After graduating from Southwestern Christian University with a degree in Intercultural Studies, she joined The Awakening where her multilingual capability has allowed her to not only serve by planning and leading countless mission teams, but has also given her the ability to build relationships across linguistic boundaries. Following Jesus has taken her all over the world, and now she and her husband Adam reside in OKC where she also serves as the youth pastor at her local church as a licensed minister of the Heartland Conference.

  • Whitney Browning

    Coordinator of Public Relations and Communication

    Whitney was born and raised in West Virginia before graduating from Bluefield College in Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Combining her passion to see God glorified worldwide and her experience in communication, she joined The Awakening in 2018 as the Coordinator of Public Relations and Communication. Whitney is excited to see the Kingdom of God continue to come alive in the hearts of young leaders.

  • Javi Farias

    Coordinator of Media

    Javi was born and raised in Santiago de Chile and over the years served in different capacities at the Evangelical Cathedral of Chile. On top of his engineering degree he is now pursuing a Masters in Theology at Southwestern Christian University. In 2016 after a summer internship with The Awakening, he started serving our global team as coordinator of Media. 

  • Adam Presley

    Branding and Graphic Design Specialist

    Adam is an Emmanuel College graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Digital Media Production. Although he grew up in Wales, Adam got involved with The Awakening's Summer Internship in 2015. Since then, he has been a traditional intern at Emmanuel College. In 2019 Adam joined the team as staff, using his creative brilliance and heart for missions to help this generation spread the gospel to the least, last and lost. 

  • Krisztina Révész

    International Base Team Leader - Hungary

    Krisztina was born in Hungary, and has been serving there with IPHC since 2008. After serving for years with the local IPHC congregation in Szigetszentmiklós and with missionaries Dave and Linda Fannin, she started focusing on reaching and discipling people in new areas. Over the last 6 years she has been working closely with The Awakening in multiple projects (Euroquest, Emerging Leaders Summit, teams) and now she has joined our team full time as she serves as Leader for The Awakening International Base!

  • Justin Long

    International Base – Hungary

    Justin, originally from North Carolina, is an Emmanuel College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in History. After his first international mission trip to Nicaragua at the age of 17, Justin developed a deep desire to serve in missions. Justin joined The Awakening in 2019 and is honored to serve as part of the Hungarian Base staff. A burden for difficult countries and unreached people groups pushes Justin to look for non-contemporary methods of ministry to ensure that no matter where he serves, everyone is afforded a chance to hear the Gospel. Justin hopes to use his love for culture, travel, photography, and a close knit community in any and all ministries that he is a part of.

  • Abigail Yates

    International Base – Chile

    Abigail Yates is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Southwestern Christian University. Abby heard God's call to missions at a young age and eventually joined The Awakening family in 2015. Feeling drawn to South America, and desiring to see lives and communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, Abby eventually spent a few months serving in Argentina through On My Way and is now an Awakening staff member serving the International Base in Chile.

  • Haley Jones

    International Base – South Africa

    Haley Jones, a graduate from Southwestern Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, has felt drawn to missions in Africa since childhood. In 2012 Haley went on her first mission trip to Rwanda. Then, in 2016, she took part in On My Way. After spending time amongst Africa’s sickest and poorest, in villages and cities alike, Haley felt burdened for the people of Africa. Her goal is to share the hope of the gospel with southern Africa through teaching, leading worship, and humanitarian ministry. Upon it's opening, Haley will be headed to serve at The International Base in South Africa.

  • Josh Hafner

    Emmanuel College Team Leader

    Josh graduated from Emmanuel College in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science in Christian Ministries. In 2018, he joined The Awakening Staff at Emmanuel excited to have an opportunity to mentor college students in a larger capacity. Josh passionately loves people from all nations, which is the heartbeat of the gospel, and wants to see young people fulfill God’s plan for their lives. He has a heart to disciple the next generation and see them flourish where God leads them, both at Emmanuel College and in the seasons beyond.

  • Ashlee Hafner

    Emmanuel College Team Leader

    Ashlee, an Emmanuel College graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, has the desire to see the next generation find their purpose and walk in their God-given destinies. As a worship leader and a mentor with a heart for worship and discipleship, she desires to see the students on Emmanuel’s campus ignited for what the Lord is doing around the world and help them figure out how they can be a part. Ashlee was a part of the Awakening’s Summer Internship in 2015 but joined The Awakening Staff in 2018 to be a leader for the Traditional Internship at Emmanuel College.

  • Jon Campbell

    Emmanuel College Staff

    Jon is an Emmanuel College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Christian Ministries. Currently, Jon is completing his Masters of Divinity at Regent University with a concentration in Marketplace Ministry, serving full-time as the Director of Residence Life and as a Residence Director for Emmanuel College, and, since 2018, has served as part of The Awakening's EC internship staff. Jon desires to see authentic discipleship happen all over the world through creating and leveraging alternative approaches to Christ-centered community. He loves music, coffee, and skateboarding, and hopes to see these and other interests turn into boundary breaking platforms for the gospel.

  • Erica Campbell

    Emmanuel College Staff

    Erica is a graduate from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. Alongside a God-given burden for missions, she has always had a heart for young women and a passion to disciple and mentor others on their journey with Jesus Christ. Erica has a desire to pour into the lives of the next generation and help them as they develop compassion for the nations. Erica joined The Awakening in 2018 as part of the Emmanuel College internship staff.