Awaken Team

Pastor Brian Zdrojowy
Brian Zdrojowy
Lead Pastor

Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Awaken Church in North Port, FL. He has experienced God’s Grace throughout his life and ministry, and is passionate about helping others discover God’s best for their lives. Brian loves communicating the truth of God’s word and does so every chance he gets. One of his favorite quotes is “Preach the gospel always, use words when necessary”! Brian’s desire is to see Southwest FL and specifically North Port, Awakened to God’s Grace.

When Brian is not speaking, writing or engaged in other ministry, he stays busy keeping up with his beautiful wife Jacqueline and four energetic kids, Selina, Wyatt, Lacie-Rae and Charis. Brian considers being a dad his highest calling, knowing that his kids are watching his every move and always checking to see where they fit. Brian enjoys fishing, especially with his kids! He is an avid Miami Hurricanes fan and loves old cars. To find out more about Brian check out the links below or stop by Awaken Church… He’d be glad to meet you!

Jacqueline, affectionately known as JZ, grew up in Birmingham, AL. If you happen to run in to her on an autumn Saturday, she will more than likely be wearing a crimson colored t-shirt and will probably input Roll Tide into your conversation at some point! Jacqueline loves doing ministry side-by-side with her husband Brian and keeps busy being the mommy to four little miracles, Selina, Wyatt, Lacie-Rae and Charis.

Jacqueline is very passionate about helping people discover their purpose and loves to encourage women over cups of coffee and through her blog. She always dreamed of being an Olympian in any and well every sport or activity that she ventured to do as a child and young adult. This sums up her personality… not afraid to reach for the stars and very sure that if you dream it, it is possible! Jacqueline stays busy as Awaken’s Experience Director. Although, you might still find her occasionally doing a handstand or attempting a spin on the ice, as those are some of her favorite things to do.

Jacqueline Zdrojowy
Jacqueline Zdrojowy
Pastor’s Wife
Alex Scarsella
Alexandra Scarsella
Worship Experience Director

Alexandra Scarsella, affectionately known as Alex, serves as Awaken’s Worship Experience Director. Alex has served on our worship team since we launched in 2013. Alex brings a fresh vibe to our church’s worship experience and loves to worship! Alex, not only leads our worship team, but also oversees all creative elements for our services.

Alex has an amazing testimony and worships from a heart of freedom in Christ that personifies God’s love to our Awaken family. We are so thankful for the joy and excitement she brings every week.

Alex is mom to four amazing kids, Christiana, Adriana, Brayden and their foster child. She is passionate about her family, singing, dancing and all things Disney.

Christian Keller graduated from Southeastern University in the Spring of 2019. He received his bachelor’s degree in worship ministry. While a part of the SEU worship team, he developed a passion for seeing people engage the heart of God in authentic worship. He strives to build a strong worship culture that allows people to participate in community.

Christian has been focused on worship music since high school, where he started leading in his youth group. He has led worship in many settings…home church, missions trips, conferences, youth events, etc.He loves songwriting and is skilled at music production. It is his desire to create worship music for the local church.

Christian loves his family! He is very close to his twin brother Andrew. So if you ever get them confused, no worries, he’ll definitely respond to both names.

Christian loves to watch sports with friends. He will always cheer for the Seattle Seahawks! He is also the life of the party. He always wants to make people laugh, is quick witted and light hearted.

Christian Keller
Worship Arts Assistant
Ben Jett
Youth Pastor

Pastor Ben joined our team in September 2017. He studied ministry leadership at Highlands College and earned a certificate in Christian Ministry. ) Ben has a beautiful wife, Arlin, and two amazing kids, Graham and Everly.

Pastor Ben was a part of Pastor Brian and Jacqueline’s youth group in Maryland and has been a part of the family ever since! He brings a fresh young energy and vibe to the team.

He’s passionate about people finding freedom in their lives, walking in forgiveness from their yesterdays and seeing the Kingdom of Heaven advanced in the city of North Port!

Pastor Ben loves anything to do with movies and the Baltimore Ravens. He’s quick with a joke and loves making people laugh!

Pastor Mark along with wife, Shelly, came to Awaken Church shortly after its launch in 2013. After moving to North Port for no apparent reason, Mark can now look back and see that God called him and Shelly to Awaken Church to be a part of what HE wants to accomplish in North Port.

One of Mark’s favorite verses is Romans 8:14 “Those that are lead by the Spirit, are the children of God”. This verse has amazing implications, God wants to “Lead His Children in life” and what Mark has learned over the years is that it took many years to learn to listen to God’s voice and then (the hard part) follow Him!

Mark loves serving the vision of Awaken Church “doing life” with and “encouraging others” no matter where they are on their journey to live the life God has for them through Prayer, Nursing Home, Jail & Outreach Ministries or Mark’s greatest joy, holding children.

Mark has two daughters and four grand-children. When not busy, you might find Mark working out at the gym or his favorite past time, being a passenger in his wife’s VW Beetle convertible on an evening ice cream trip!

Mark Mousy
Mark Mousty
Care Pastor
Kaity Vazquez
Kaity Vazquez
Assimilation Director

Kaity, pronounced Heidi with a K, is married to her amazing husband, Gerald Vazquez for 7 years and together for 15 years. She is a proud mom and foster mom of four children. Her children have grown up at Awaken and now not only attend but serve as well. Her children Jasmine, Angel, Jayden and River are her world.Kaity has been with Awaken since the 2nd week our launch and has never felt more at home. She has grown so much since joining Awaken as a parent, as a wife, but most importantly with her relationship with God.

Kaity was raised Catholic and came to Awaken looking for a connection that had she lost with God and knew she was needing. Kaity was blessed to be given the opportunity to serve in the children’s ministry as a teacher assistant, a lead teacher, a service coordinator, the Kids Director and now the Assimilation Director. Awaken has allowed Kaity to live out her dreams and follow the path God has for her. She looks forward to all that God has in store for Awaken and her family.

Shelly serves Awaken Church in our Operations Center. She, along with her husband, Mark, have a son and two daughters between them and love spoiling four grandchildren. When moving to North Port from Indiana, they soon realized God didn’t call them to North Port for the weather and to get out of the cold. HE was calling them to Awaken Church to serve in God’s Kingdom. They also serve together in Nursing Home Ministry and the Prayer Team.

Shelly wears many hats in serving the church. Her background in administration is her greatest asset. She enjoys helping others and providing support where needed. Shelly’s favorite pass-time is reading and striving to learn more of what God has for her and if more time allowed, you would catch her putting together a puzzle.

Shelly’s favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Shelly Mousty
Shelly Mousty
Office Manager