The Awake Student Conference is designed for middle and high school students to learn about and experience God. Students will experience large group and break out sessions as well as worship led by the Awake band. The Awake Conference is a focused, distraction-free environment where students can hear the truth of God’s Word, be challenged in their own personal walks with Jesus, and have a blast hanging out with each other ! We are passionate about reaching the next generation and teaching them to love and follow Jesus with their whole hearts.
Awake is designed to move local youth ministries forward and together be apart of a God movement of a generation who is fully awake to the reality that Jesus is who He said He was, We are who He says we are, and We will do all that He has called Us to do in Our generation. We do this through the main sessions, breakout sessions, and afternoon activities.
Tommy Wilkins is the student ministries pastor for the thebridge church in Ottumwa, IA. Tommy is passionate about students learning who Jesus is and beginning to live a purpose filled life for Him. Tommy loves spending time with his best friend and wife, Jenna as well as being in the great outdoors.
Marty Schmidt is the lead pastor of thebridge in Ottumwa, IA. Before planting thebridge, Marty was a student ministries pastor at Third Reformed Church in Pella, IA for eight years. Marty has a passion for communicating the message of Jesus to people of all ages and connects well with young adults. Marty is all about his family, Jenny his wife and his four children Toby, Lydia, Blythe, Sophie.
Brandon Sereg is the student pastor of Destiny Christian Center in Prattville, AL, and the founding student pastor of thebridge student ministries in Ottumwa, IA. He is an #outofthebox leader when it comes to connecting with this generation. His speaking style is in your face and very engaging. His passion is to see students recklessly, obsessively follow Jesus. Brandon is married to Johna Sereg and they have two children, Levi and Eden. He enjoys listening to great communicators, reading, building things, and playing with his family.