Richard Dubay

Richard.Dubay@gmail.com 

TELL ME WHAT MAKES YOU TICK AS A PASTOR?

Before becoming a pastor at Awaken Church, I had an opportunity to pursue another ministry that would have taken me away from Jacksonville and my church family.  Going through that process and submitting the decision to the Lord helped me to realize just how much I loved the community at Awaken and wanted to invest more of myself into serving there.  The other opportunity didn't pan out, and it was shortly thereafter that the Pastors approached me about joining the pastoral team and it seemed like an answer to my prayers.  Ever since then I have felt that this is where God wants me to be, serving as a bi-vocational Pastor at Awaken Church.  My heartbeat is to continue to ask God how He can use me to introduce people to God and help them to grow in relationship with Him.    

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? WHAT IS A DAILY DRIVE FOR YOU?

I love making people feel welcome and extending hospitality.  One thing that I love about our church is the great community we have. As a pastor, I feel so blessed to help new people feel welcome and  be part of connecting  them to our community of believers . I am motivated  when I see people caring for one another and living in community, as we say "doing life together".  I know this happens best if we are first connecting daily with God and seeking to live out His commands.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT MOST FOR AWAKEN CHURCH TO DO WELL?

I want Awaken Church to be known for living out our faith. It is not enough to just know what God says and what is right and wrong  but we must be applying it to our everyday lives.  Jesus said the greatest command is to Love God and Love people.  I hope our church will seek to do that with our whole heart!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love spending time with my amazing wife and two sweet children.  I also enjoy working on projects around the house, playing disc golf or basketball when I get a chance, and cheering on my favorite Teams- Go Jags and Go Gators!

WHAT DO YOU WANT GOD TO SAY ABOUT YOUR TIME ON EARTH?

That I used my time on earth to Glorify Him and build up the church.  And that I led my family well and taught them the ways of the Lord.