Awaken Team

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 seven little miracles, Selina, Wyatt, Lacie-Rae, Charis, Levi, Lainey, and Walker.

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
Christian Keller 
Worship Pastor
Christian joined our team in 2020.
Arlin Jett moved to North Port with her family in 2017. During her time at Awaken she has had the opportunity to sit in many different seats, from helping in hospitality to kids ministry. Currently she is serving alongside her husband, Pastor Ben, in our youth ministry. 
Arlin is most passionate about helping others discover their purpose in the Kingdom of God! 
She has two children, Graham and Everly. Most days you will find her connecting with other moms over lunch or at the park. 
Arlin Jett
First Impressions / Admin Asst
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!

Edward joined our team in 2022.
Edward Kurbatov
Music Director
Larry Grant
Outreach Pastor

Pastor Larry joined our team in September 2021. 


Dave joined our team in 2023.
Dave Gordon
CR Pastor
Melissa Gordon
Kids Director

Melissa  joined our team in 2021. 


Crissy joined our team in 2020.
Crissy Anderson
Life Groups
Sergey Kurbatov
Missions Pastor

Sergey  joined our team in 2018. 


Angela joined our team in 2021.
Angela Engel
Outreach/ Pantry Director
Jamie Pearce
Hospitality Director

Jamie  joined our team in 2022. 


Erica joined our team in 2022.
Erica Kurbatov
Social Media / Marketing