Pastor Jeff Whitmire – Lead Pastor
Jeff and his wife, Amanda, live in Acworth with their three children – Robin, Kenny, and Tess. They partnered with the Transformation Network to plant Awakening in Woodstock, GA. in April of 2011. He is responsible for vision casting, preaching, and leading the staff, as well as acting as general overseer of the various ministries at Awakening. His greatest desire is see the city of Woodstock transformed as God ministers through the people of Awakening.
Jeff was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to serving at Awakening, he had served for ten years at NewLifeBaptistChurch as Worship Leader and Youth Pastor. During his time at New Life, God began to call him to church planting. He and his family moved to RiverstoneChurch in 2009 and began a three year journey that culminated in the planting of AwakeningChurch in Woodstock. In addition to Pastoral Ministry, Jeff has also been involved in the Atlanta based Christian music scene for most of his life.
Book – “When Heaven Invades Earth” Bill Johnson
Movie – Braveheart
Restaurant – Fogo de Chao
Music – Hill Song United, Jesus Culture, Classic Rock
Place on Earth – Disney World with my family!!!
Verse – Galatians 6:9
Aaron & Allie Biddle – Ministers of Music
Aaron and Allie live in Woodstock, Ga with their cat Moses. They came along side Jeff Whitmire in April of 2011 to plant Awakening Church. They are responsible for leading worship and leading the youth. They have a great desire to see people experience the Presence of God in worship. It is also their passion to see people attain complete healing through Jesus.
Book: “The Happy Intercessor” Beni Johnson
Movie: “Furious Love”
Restaurant: Fusco’s di Roma (Acworth)
Place on Earth: Wherever family is
Music: Classical, Billy Joel
Verse: Jeremiah 1:7-10
Book: “Hosting the Presence” Bill Johnson
Movie: “Shawshank Redemption”
Restaurant: Fusco’s di Roma (where Allie and I had our first date)
Place on Earth: The woods
Music: Classic rock, jazz, worship
Verse: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Brandy Garland – Youth and Children’s Pastor
Brandy Garland has lived in Cherokee County since 1991. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, front porch swinging, backyard bonfires and hosting exchange students. She is a passionate pursuer of all God has for her in life. This has led to numerous adventures, opportunities and stories over the years. Her latest adventure is pastoring our youth and children. She has a heart to see the next generation of believers raised up in power and love. She is a graduate of Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural Ministry and we are excited for what she is bringing to our young believers.
Book: “The Hiding Place”
Movie: “Saint Ralph”
Restaurant: Cooks & Soldiers
Place on Earth: Grand Canyon
Verse: Ephesians 3:14-19