Our Leadership Team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Justin Latham, Senior Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Justin has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture.   He had served as a Senior Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Evangelist for nine years before planting The Awakening Community Church.  Justin serves as the Keynote Speaker at several events throughout the year including the Christian Rock/Hip Hop concert “Rock The Cross” in Bowling Green Kentucky.   Despite the demanding schedule of a pastor, Justin always makes time for what he calls “My First Ministry” which is his  beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. Justin LOVES Coffee!!!!

The best way to reach pastor Justin is by email. justin@theacc.net

47971_1545464563846_4153744_nShelby Latham, Connect Group Coordinator 

Shelby leads and coordinates our growing group of Connect Group Leaders.  Shelby holds a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Kentucky.  She is the current Speech Language Pathologist for Muhlenberg Community Hospital.  Although Shelby lives an extremely busy life with a professional career and a growing ministry, she always makes time for her first ministry, her family. In her free time Shelby enjoys working out, and going to the beach. shelby.n.latham@gmail.com

CHRIS (CB) & Shilah barnes, Visual Media Director 
Chris and Shilah Barnes, were married in July 2002.  They have two children, Ali and Cayden.  Chris, first began in ministry in 2007,  accepting his calling as a hip hop artist/evangelist.  In 2010, Chris stepped into a Student Pastor position , until the summer of 2013. Shilah is a  labor and delivery RN at Baptist Health in Madisonville KY.  Prior to this, she worked as a traveling nurse for two years.  During the 2 years of travel, they encountered people with the Love of Jesus throughout 29 states. cb@theacc.net


katie sharp

 JT and Katie Sharp: ACC RIZE, Youth Leaders

JT and Katie, directs our teenage youth ministry, Rize Student Ministries.  they have a strong love for seeing teens encounter God in practical, as well as deep ways.   JT  doubles as the moderator for the ACC Board of Directors, and keeps our board task and mission focused.   Katie has organized our annual Easter EGGstravaganza the past 2 years, which has drawn over 5,000 people in that time, making it The  Largest Egg hunt in Muhlenberg County.  



Mandy Lovell, Church Secretary

Mandy is a devoted wife and proud mother of three.  She is a graduate of Madisonville Community College with a degree in Medical Transcription, and is a Medical Transcriptionist for Muhelenberg Community Hospital.   Mandy possesses a contagious faith, she truly believes and exemplifies in her life the fact that “through Christ, All things are Possible.” 

When Mandy is asked what she does in her free time, she replies, “What’s Free Time?”


Jennifer Flener, ACC Tweens Activated 
Jennifer is married to Anthony Flener as well as a blessed mother and step mother. Family means everything to her. Jennifer helps out at her family restaurant part time but is  blessed to mainly be a stay at home mom. Jennifer has been a member of ACC for almost 3 years now and she has also been a teacher in Kidz Korner for going on 2 years. Jennifer carries such a love for teaching and guiding the future generation of the church to be strong, confident followers of GOD. Jennifer has such a sincere and personal love for the children of our church and she is  excited about the journey GOD is leading her on. 
Chris Neal,  Audio and Lighting Director
Chris has attended  ACC for 3 years and has been heavily involved with everything from the building renovation to running sound and media.he is married to his beautiful wife Kelly & they have 2 kids, Nic and Isabella. Their family believes in the power of prayer and God’s word. They  spend as much time as possible making memories and going on adventurous trips as a family. They love all Atlanta sports and make as many trips to Atlanta as possible. Chiris is currently the Quality Manager at Douglas Autotetech in Hopkinsville Ky. Where he previously served as Engineering Supervisor. chris also coaches the church softball team each summer.