With a vision to see Biblical understanding accessible to all, with no exceptions, we are hear to help you on your learning journey. We believe that God’s Word, both the Old and New Testament, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. Thus, as God’s people, we need to regularly and deeply engage with it. Through daily readings, engaging discussions, and personal study we believe God’s Word will come to life in his people around the world, sparking a deeper relationship with Him.

Here at AWKNG, we always want to point people back to the Scriptures. With reading plans consisting of actual scripture passages, historical and cultural fact sheets to help you understand the original context of what you are reading, and deeper study courses taught by doctoral level instructors, we focus on providing good Biblical scholarship to the body of Christ. We work with Biblical and Theological scholars of various Evangelical backgrounds, who all share the desire to equip the Church for the work of the Great Commission of Christ.

We focus on recovering and reintegrating the supernatural worldview and original context of the Biblical writers and strive to provide better interpretative tools around the messages of the original Biblical writers to bring a more comprehensive understanding to modern-day readers.

Founded in 2020, AWKNG began with just AWKNG School of Theology and has since expanded to include AWKNG Bible Community.


To see Biblical understanding accessible to all, with no exceptions.


Awakening Christians to a deeper understanding of the Bible.

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Karla Adcox

Executive Director and President

Karla has worked in church and nonprofit ministries since 2004. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in both Sociology and Public Administration from Florida State University and has over 16 years of organizational leadership experience.

Ordained in 2019, she has served in a variety of ministry roles including executive leadership, pastor, operations, and team management. She has a deep love for God’s Word and God’s people and desires to use her giftings to advance the Kingdom of God forward in whatever way the Lord leads.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she loves Cajun food and LSU football, but is proud to call Jacksonville, Florida her home. Karla has been married to her husband Matt since 2006 and is blessed with two boys, Baize and Greyson.

Mike Chu

Academic Director
Mike is a born and bred Bostonian who has been a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He became a follower of Christ at the age of 15 at a local Chinese Heritage church, where the foundations of his love for Jesus and the Scriptures were laid down. It was Dr. Heiser’s content, however, that rekindled an interest in pursuing theological training. He is currently finishing up his Master in Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2023. He, additionally, has recently been accepted as a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at the same institution. He and his wife Sofia have been part of local multi-ethnic church community in the city of Quincy since 2012, where they have served in various capacities over the past decade.

Britnie Bellamy

Learning & Development Specialist
Britnie is born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida – one of the few locals left! She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has extensive learning and development experience, ranging from facilitation, instructional design, knowledge management, and performance consulting. Britnie is passionate about learning and the adult learner experience. She is married to her husband Rick and has four pups – Callie, Benny, Max, and Molly!

Carisia Rooney

Administration & Student Support

Carisia (pronounced Carissa) Rooney has lived in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, Michael, for 24 years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry, she became a stay-at-home mom and home-schooled her 4 sons for several years. When they were in high school, she returned to college and earned a master’s degree from FSU in Library Science & Information Studies. She worked at the Jacksonville Public Library for 17 years, first as a children’s librarian (including presenting story time!), and later as a library manager.

When AWKNG School of Theology began in 2020, Carisia was in the first group of students to enroll and received a Certificate in Biblical Studies in January 2022. Since retiring at the end of 2022, Carisia has spent her time out in the yard, playing with grandchildren, gathering neighbors, cooking for family, and taking trips with her husband. She is excited to be working part time with the school and truly enjoys assisting the current AWKNG students and supporting the AWKNG team.


AWKNG, Inc. and its ministries is governed by an independent board of directors. It is a not-for-profit ministry and is not affiliated with a specific local church or any other ministries branded or containing the word “Awakening”. AWKNG, Inc. and its ministries love to support and partner with local churches all around the world by providing Biblical resources to help aid in local discipleship efforts.

Stephanie Lippincott

Chairman & Acting Chief Marketing Officer

Karla Adcox

President & Executive Director 

Drenna Heiser


Wayne Lanier


Dawn Wilson

Secretary & Treasurer
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