Our Leadership Team

The Awakening's staff is made up of both full-time and volunteer members. These awesome

people you see below keep The Awakening running from day to day!

  • In 2009, Max and Jessica launched The Awakening with the mission to assist youth and young adults with getting involved in what God is doing around the world. They have already ministered in more than 40 different nations, lead diverse missions efforts, mentor and develop leaders around the world, and intentionally invest in the next generation. Max and Jessica live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their children, and are members of River of Life church. 

  • Madeline Nix

    Coordinator of Operations

    Madeline has a heart for missions and has led several teams around the world. With a masters in theology, she is gifted both in leading worship and speaking. Maddie has a heart to see youth and young adults discover the grace of Jesus Christ. She is originally from Mississippi, but her heart is at home abroad. Madeline has served with The Awakening since 2010.

  • 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

    Coordinator of Teams & International Relations

    Betsy, a Southwestern Christian University graduate with a degree in Intercultural Studies, grew up as a missionary child in Brussels, Belgium where she developed a passion and heart for Jesus and for the lost. She joined The Awakening in 2015 where her multilingual capability has allowed her to not only serve as a translator on countless mission teams, but has also given her the ability to build relationships across linguistic boundaries.

  • 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.

  • Javier 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. 

  • Mariah Lumpkin

    Administrative Assistant to the Director

    Mariah grew up in Oklahoma City in and has been involved in church and worship most of her life. A recent graduate of Southwestern Christian University, and of the Victory School of Leadership. She first joined The Awakening in 2016 as an intern and made the jump to our staff in 2018. 

  • Krisztina Révész

    International Base Team Leader (Hungary)

    Krisztina was born in Hungary, and has been serving there with IPHC since 2008. After servingfor 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!

  • Janene Wooten

    International Base Staff

    Janene is a graduate of Emmanuel College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. Growing up in Kenya, East Africa as a missionary kid instilled in her a heart and passion to serve people, experience new cultures, and see the nations know and worship the Lord. She is a worship leader and lives to see music break through cultural barriers to touch people from all over the world.Janene is humbled and honored to be a part of reaching the global community for the Kingdom of God.


  • Allison Jones

    International Base Staff

    Allison is a graduate from Southwestern Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies. She felt a tug on her heart for missions as a child and heard the call solidified at the age of 18 after she went on a missions trip to Dublin, Ireland, where her heart has stayed since then. She longs to see the people of Europe healed from their broken spirits and return to their Christian roots. She pursued the calling of missions during her college years through The Awakening. As an intern, Allison went on multiple short term trips, including trips to Costa Rica, Hungary, and Mexico. She also served on the Summer Camp Tour, was one of the CORE Group leaders, and was part of The Awakening Band. Allison currently serves on The Awakening's staff at their International Base in Hungary, not only changing lives, but changing the culture for the glory of God.

  • Carolyne Smith

    International Base

    Carolyne was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and is a recent graduate of Emmanuel College. While receiving her degree in Business Administration, her passion for seeing the gospel proclaimed in the marketplace and community only grew. Combined with her heart for missions, she is excited to carry the truth of Jesus to the ends of the earth. She is confident that through serving and loving people, we will see a generation awakened to build an unshakable Kingdom across the globe.

  • Kalie Richardson

    Internships Team

    Kalie grew up in South Carolina in a family of pastors and educators. A recent graduate of Emmanuel College, she now teaches 1st grade at Oklahoma Christian School. With a passion for children and missions, her heart's desire is to pour into the next generation of world changers, seeing their full potential in Christ being realized.