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Awaken Seattle

formerly Hope Village Church

Launching Fall of 2024

Hope Village Church is now Awaken Church Seattle! We have plenty of things happening this Summer for Awaken Church Seattle! To stay up-to-date and sign up for our text updates, text “AwakenSeattle” to 55525

What is the Awaken Church connection to Hope Village Church?

Awaken Church was started in 2005 when Ps. Jurgen, Ps. Leanne and their small family moved from Australia to San Diego. From the humble beginnings starting with 50 people meeting in hotels, school gymnasiums, performing arts centers, and at one point, a hotel parking lot, Awaken Church has grown from vision to reality.  Awaken Church is a multi-campus, multigenerational church with over 10 locations across multiple states impacting thousands of lives each week.

Ps Drew & Emma moved to Seattle to plant Hope Village in March 2020 after being a part of Awaken church for nine years. For five of those years, they were campus pastors at one of the Awaken church’s locations under the covering and leadership of Pastors Jurgen and Leanne Matthesius and the Awaken team. Pastors Drew and Emma Davies felt to launch a church in the Pacific Northwest, and Awaken church supported them in the launch and journey. So, while Hope Village was not operationally connected to Awaken church, they always were strongly connected relationally with the Davies continuing to recognize the Matthesius as their personal pastoral covering.

Who are the Pastors of Awaken Seattle?

Awaken church is led by Senior and founding Pastors Jurgen & Leanne Matthesius. They have appointed Pastors Colin and Melissa Higginbottom as the Regional overseers of the NW Region, which includes Boise and now the Puget Sound. Ps Jurgen and Leanne and Ps Colin and Melissa will appoint a strong Campus Pastor couple in the future. However, we are not in a rush to do this. Instead will build a healthy, strong team and raise and release from there.  Colin and Melissa plan to be very involved in all developments of Awaken Seattle.

The Higginbottoms are natives of the PNW. Melissa grew up in Puyallup, and Colin grew up in Federal Way.  Colin and Melissa met in Edgewood, WA, and were married in 2004 in WA state. They have four amazing kids.  Colin and Melissa founded Sustainable Interiors, headquartered in Washington, in 2005.  Currently, Sustainable employs a team of over 50 exceptional people.   Sustainable has been awarded the “Top 100 Companies to Work For in WA State” for the last 8 consecutive years.

Pastors Colin and Melissa have been part of Awaken Church since 2011 and were ordained as Awaken Pastors in 2016. Colin received his business degree from Hawaii Pacific University and his Master’s in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology.  Melissa studied Dance at Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle and Christian Counseling at Oral Roberts University.

What is happening to the other Hope Village Church staff and pastors with the transition?

The HVC staff will become Awaken Church team members. Pastor Dan and Lavonne Peterson will be ordained under the Awaken covering. The team will continue to thrive and grow together within the health, discipleship, and leadership of the Awaken Church team.

What is happening with the Davies family after the transition?

Pastors Drew and Emma have made the decision to move their family back to San Diego, California, where they moved from when they originally came to plant HVC in 2020.

After this season of church planting, they will have a season of rest as they reintegrate their family back into the life and family of Awaken Church.

What about the financial resources and responsibilities of HVC?

In acquiring the assets of HVC, Awaken has also agreed to take on many of the responsibilities that come with those resources, particularly as it relates to the real estate property owned, leased, and used by HVC to facilitate its ministry. HVC will still retain its external bookkeeping company to assist during this transition.

What is happening with the Hope Village Eastside building?

Towards the end of 2023, Hope Village Church was able to secure a long term lease on a permanent Eastside location in the Redmond area.

Since that time, we have been able to plan and obtain permits for renovation of the building, which will commence construction in June 2024 and be complete in the fall of 2024.  We are excited for this great Eastside Redmond Campus.

What is happening with the Hope Village Renton building?

There will not be Awaken Church services at the Renton Campus moving forward. Awaken Seattle will be joining together starting in the Fall of 2024 at our Redmond Location

Please join us this summer as we meet together for our Wednesday night “Nights of Fire” services at 7pm at Ember Church 14434 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98007 while our Redmond location is under construction.

What will happen with community and discipleship over transition? Will there be any ministries running and events? What about Kids and Youth?

Please join us this summer as we meet together for our Wednesday night “Nights of Fire” services at 7pm at Ember Church 14434 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98007 while our Redmond location is under construction.

Awaken Church is passionate and intentional about creating opportunities for its congregation to experience community and discipleship. It also recognizes the desire for ministries that serve specific needs and events to continue within the transition period.

To stay up-to-date, text “AwakenSeattle” to 55525.

Colin & Melissa Higginbottom

Pacific Northwest Region Pastors