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Our Story

In May 2009, a team of people came together with a desire to plant a gospel-centered church in Columbia, SC.


After much prayer and fasting, by the grace of God, Awaken Church officially “launched” to the public in September of 2009 at Polo Road Elementary School. Since then, God’s power and mercy has been evident in our midst and God has never ceased to be faithful to us.

Due to growth at our first location, we had to prayerfully consider transitioning out of the school where we started. Even though we were only a few years old, God provided a permanent location to serve as “home base” for our ministry. We officially moved into our facility at 171 Newland Road in February of 2014.

We are grateful for our own location, but we don’t put too much stock in our building. Ultimately, we believe  buildings are tools to accomplish the great commission Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20. Additionally, the church is not a building, but a people. And speaking of people, we have seen God perform miracles in people since the church’s conception. Many have professed faith in Christ, been baptized and consequently discipled.

Although we are a growing church, we don’t judge our success upon numbers. In fact, we often say “we judge our success based upon our sending capacity, not our seating capacity.” Moving forward we simply desire to be faithful. Jesus is worthy and we want to give Him all that we have.