Travis Gay

Senior Leader

Travis and Jessica Gay are Georgia natives who moved back from Fort Worth, Texas to start The Awakening in 2009. They and their 3 children (Josiah 10, Lydia 9 and Zuri 7) enjoy playing outside, movies, swimming, laughing hard and trips to the mountains where Travis and Jessica serenade the kids with classic country music. Travis is a personal trainer and Jessica works for an independent physicians association.

A great date night for Travis and Jessica is dinner at one of Athens' finest local restaurants followed by a UGA Men's basketball game. The Gay's love tacos.


Megan McGahee


Megan McGahee was born in Augusta, GA but has called Athens home since 2011. She is currently enjoying being involved with the administrative processes at The Awakening. If you're trying to find her on a free evening or weekend, she's probably either at a coffee shop reading a book and hanging out, at a park walking her dog, or in the mountains for a hike or backpacking adventure!


Tati benson

Children's Ministry Director

Tati was born and raised in Minnesota and decided on a whim to move to Georgia after receiving her degree in Elementary Education.  Tati currently serves as the Children's Ministry Director and Foster Care Advocate at The Awakening. She also works as an Office Manager for an Independent Physicians Association. Tati loves being a foster parent and taking her littles on adventures to Stone Mountain and Minnesota, in addition to helping them learn to read, write, use a commode and above all know how amazing God made them. 


Sam morris

Audio-Visual Director


Julia Powell

Worship Intern

Julia was born in Delafield, Wisconsin but has lived in Georgia for 10 years and Athens for a little over a year. She attends the University of Georgia and is extremely thankful to be able to work with the Worship Team at the Awakening. In her free time, you could probably find Julia playing music with her friends, going on a spontaneous adventure to a different city/state, learning new moves in her boxing class, or reading a book in a nearby coffee shop!