Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Matt Peterson, Lead Pastor

Matt is the Lead Pastor at Awake Church, as well as the founder of the water supplying organization Hydrating Humanity. From day to day, Matt can be found speaking on the heart of God, helping others to connect with the person of Jesus, and even on occasion, making electrical repairs via scissor lift around the church building. His passion is to release the Kingdom of Heaven, lead others to a safe, healthy place spiritually, and participate with the family members at Awake to find their purpose and live fully alive.

Originally from Oregon, Matt now lives in North Carolina with his beautiful wife Debbie and their five sons. He is an avid storyteller who often shares his own adventure-packed history as well as stories of others that have inspired him. When he is not at Awake, you may find Matt watching an afternoon football game, enjoying his family, or capturing photos of the outdoors.


David Olinger, Associate & Worship Pastor

David is the Associate and Worship Pastor at Awake Church. David came on staff in 2007, starting as our worship leader. He later started our college ministry “ROOTS” (now Awake Young Adults), which he lead for six years prior to becoming the Associate Pastor.

David leads our worship department, where he pours into our worship leaders and musicians through gatherings in his home, weekly band rehearsals and discipleship. On the Associate Pastor side, David is the director for "Get Togethers" with a focus on integrated community and leadership development, as well as offering pastoral care and counseling.  David and his wife Lauren have also been very instrumental in leading Good Neighbor Teams with World Relief; an organization dedicated to settling refugees in the United States.

In addition to working for the church, David assists Lauren in her photography business, Red Cardinal Studio.

In their free time, the Olingers love the outdoors, climbing, camping, hiking, and photography.



Brigitte Bell, Administrator

Brigitte Bell is the Administrator at Awake Church and assistant to our Lead Pastor, Matt Peterson.
Brigitte does everything from accounting, scheduling, planning and promoting events, answering emails, and ensuring all things run as smoothly as possible.
She began working at the church part-time as an administrative assistant after a year of being an active member. Brigitte is known for her organizational skills, efficiency and love of authentic relationship and community.

Brigitte grew up in California, then Virginia before moving to Winston Salem following her time serving at ‘A Place for the Heart’, a ministry which leads a discipleship School for Young Adults.

Brigitte is engaged to be married to Awake’s Youth Pastor, Seth Wingate and they plan to settle in Winston Salem.

In her free time, Brigitte loves working out, going to the farmers market, cooking healthy meals, game nights, drinking good coffee, hiking, climbing, and really all outdoor adventuring.

Seth Wingate, Youth Pastor

Seth is the Youth Pastor at Awake Church. Through the week, he hosts Awake Youth at the Church on Sunday nights at 6pm and continues to build community among the high school students through mission trips and other fun events.

Seth also creates our weekly video announcements, keeping the congregation amused and informed at the same time. Seth is a Winston-Salem native and worked as a fourth grade teacher for five years prior to coming onboard at Awake and launching his video business, Twin City Media. When Seth isn’t working at Awake or continuing to build his video business, he enjoys biking, backpacking, music, motorcycling, writing, exploring, and reading.


Dawn Bray, Pastoral Care Pastor

Dawn Bray oversees the pastoral care ministries at Awake Church. She desires to extend support and care to the body at Awake and is raising up teams to minister and serve every area of need in our congregation.

She also leads Awake Freedom. Awake Freedom is a ministry designed to nurture healthy families through tools for individual intimacy and connection with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Dawn and her husband Lonnie live in Kernersville on a small farm where they founded New Reflection Ministries.  This ministry originated through Dawn's personal healing journey which is a testimony she loves to share. Dawn truly has a heart and compassion to see others healed and living life abundantly. As Dawn says, “My years of training to be a prayer minister, as well as my own healing journey, is what gave me God’s heart to see others healed and walking in their true God given identity.”

When she is not at Awake, she enjoys being with her family and making memories with her grandchildren as well walking, writing, worshiping at the keyboard and spending time in nature and with the horses on their property.