The Next Step: From Revival to Awakening

By: Katherine Arch


On the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, “revival” is a buzzword. Throughout Summit (the spiritual emphasis week which our campus held the second week of school) the speaker, Dr. Kevin Queen spoke on this subject. In all of his talks throughout the week, he discussed the need for personal revival as crucial for spiritual focus throughout the community as a whole. At the end of Dr. Queen’s last talk, students were offered chips with the slogan “All In” to remind them of the dedication required to commit to a lifestyle of revival.

Summit is now several weeks passed, and although there is a sensitivity to the topic of spiritual renewal, many
Garrett Howellpeople do not know what to do with the stirring they felt during the time of spiritual emphasis.

“Moments of revival, like what happened on IWU’s campus during Summit are the beginning of awakening,” commented Garrett Howell, former student body chaplain and IWU alum (’13, Christian Ministries). Howell has recently started a ministry called Awaken Ministry, with the expressed purpose of helping students and young adults find applications for their desire to follow the Lord with deeper spiritual fervor.

“During my time at IWU I sensed a need to pray for revival,” Howell mentioned. “I was a student body chaplain and I knew this was a need on campus, and something for which I needed to pray.” During his final year at IWU, Howell was deeply involved in the spiritual formation of students as he worked as student body chaplain. Within this position, Howell was able to understand the spiritual climate of the school more fully. During his time at IWU, Howell sensed that the Lord was calling him to start a ministry to help equip and disciple students to exhibit spiritual passion.

“I talked with my mentors my senior year of college,” recalls Howell, “I sensed that the Lord was calling me to full-time service.” As a ministry student, such a vision was not unexpected. Howell talked with several trusted friends and explained his vision to them; much to his pleasure, they were as excited about his idea as he was.

“The idea of waking up from Spiritual complacency was what first inspired me to start Awaken Ministries,” Howell explained. With the help of his mentors, Howell began mobilizing support to start this outreach program. “We had a vision of equipping spiritually-sensitive students so that they could, in turn, initiate awakening in the church.”Awaken Logo

Awakening launched as a student event at IWU in the fall of 2012. Howell helped initiate several worship experiences, similar to the Summit weeks. The goal of these Awakening events was to ignite a desire to draw closer to the Lord and pursue Spiritual revival. Since the first meeting in 2012, the ministry has grown exponentially.

“The focus of our ministry is to work to equip students through a two-semester leadership and discipleship program,” Howell explained. This ministry is currently working closely with IWU with monthly meetings and follow-up opportunities for fellowship, discipleship, and service.

“People can choose to engage at whatever level they feel called. For some, they might only choose to attend the monthly meeting. Others opt to join a discipleship group for personal mentoring and growth. Some become part of our outreach program and travel to churches where they are thrown into ministry,” Howell explained. The goal of the ministry is to equip students to be able to minister as well, so Awaken attempts to provide interested students with opportunities to serve.

In addition to the discipleship and ministry opportunities, Howell and the Awaken team travel to churches for seminars and revival meetings. It is Garrett’s vision that these discipleship opportunities will grow and become an important component of the ministry.

In the IWU community, Awaken Ministries offers the opportunity to take the next step toward personal revival. “For students who are seeking to go deeper with the Lord, this is a good place to start,” encouraged Howell. “We encourage everyone to attend a monthly meeting and see what God has for them after that.”

To find out more information about Garrett Howell and the ministry of Awaken, please visit their website at


Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Senior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their unique divine potential in written form. Katherine also operates a website called “Join the Ranch” at It is about pursuing God’s purpose for her life and vocation.

PotW: Dr. Kevin Queen; Releasing Potential: Revival and Summit

College is a time to change the trajectory of your future. It sets the spiritual climate for the launching years of early adulthood and beyond. What better time, then to catch fire for the Lord? Revival, then, is the reason Dr. Kevin Queen, Campus Pastor at 12Stone Church and Summit speaker for IWU’s Spring Summit series. This year, Dr. Queen is emphasizing the value of revival, both individually and corporately, outlined through practical steps.

kevin-queen1-666x444“Revival comes with a confession of sin, removing doubtful things from your life, practicing instant obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit and confessing Christ publically,” Dr. Queen explained. Dr. Queen stressed that revival in the Indiana Wesleyan community could have enormous consequences. Engaging with the spiritual climate of the school, Queen articulated his desire to see the academic community commit to complete surrender. He encouraged this surrender as crucial to seeing and experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“Revival requires we give God all the chips we’ve been playing with,” articulated Queen. “You can’t give God some areas of your life, keep some, and expect to see a revival in your life.” Queen further clarified this idea of surrender, stressing the importance of obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit as central to Revival.

“There are individual convictions some sense strongly, that might not be applicable to others. That is not a measure of who is most godly. You just need to be obedient to how you feel the Lord leading you,” Queen continued, “there are so many things like that: you have a conviction but then you repress it, and it becomes a gray area. Revival involves doing away with those gray convictions.” With this message of repentance and revival Dr. Queen has been encouraging and challenging IWU students. Leading up to Summit, the spiritual emphasis week held at the beginning of each semester, leaders, students and faculty have all been praying for revival. Catching this vision, Dr. Queen mentioned that in this community of Christians, revival could hold enormous potential.

Eager to see this revival, Dr. Queen explained that revival would mean conversations centered on Christ, with His thoughts controlling actions and thoughts. It would allow for an unleashing of the potential of God’s people.

“When revival comes, God invades a community. Through prayer, Heaven touches the earth. Up there comes down here. People come alive to him,” Queen said,” The lost turn to him. People are set free from addiction. The heart is made clean. The Bible can speak with meaning and authority. It is a joy-filled environment. When the river of revival comes the streams spread throughout the world.”kevin queen summit

Tomorrow night Summit will end. With it the lights will be taken down, the band will cease playing, and the formal experience will end. However, it is the prayer of Dr. Queen as well as students and faculty throughout the school that the work of revival will begin where Summit ends. Queen encouraged students to continue to go deep with the Lord following this time of Spiritual Emphasis- but he stressed that students should not attempt this alone.

“Find a group of people to keep you accountable, pray together, read the Word, and find some dead mentors- spiritual giants who have walked this life before,” suggested Queen. “Don’t try to do this alone, seek encouragement from others.”

Dr. Queen is a campus pastor at 12Stone Church in Georgia where he has pastored for twelve years. He is married to his best friend, named Rea; they have four children. The IWY Community is deeply grateful for Dr. Queen’s presence at IWU this week for Summit.

The Office of Alumni and Church Engagement has selected Dr. Queen as this week’s recipient of the Pastor of the Week recognition. Rev. Carder, Director of Alumni and Church Engagement presented him with a “Pastor of the Week” coffee mug and journal. Carder said, “Dr. Queen is well-known and someone that has impacted our students and the broader church through his ministry.” The honor of being Pastor of the Week is a way to give recognition to the wonderful ministry influence and leadership pastors provide in spiritual formation.


Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Senior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their unique divine potential in written form. Katherine also operates a website called “Join the Ranch” at It is about pursuing God’s purpose for her life and vocation.


Photo credits:; Mia Anderson

New Semester Kicks Off With Prayer

Summit week is a time for students and the IWU community to reflect on spiritual matters. Rev. Kevin Queen is a pastor from 12Stone Church in Atlanta, GA. He will be speaking to the student body within days of their return to campus.

There is an opportunity for the community of Grant County to join in prayer for IWU students and faculty. Join the campus-wide prayer walk on January 13, Wednesday at 4:00 PM.

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Dr. Jim “Umfundisi” Lo, IWU’s Campus Pastor will be sharing in chapel on the importance of prayer preceding revival and then inviting the “IWU Community” to a prayer walk and pray for Summit week and revival at IWU. Dr. Lo invites the Grant County to join in. “Would you attend and invite others in our community to join us?” ask Dr. Lo. He adds, “The plan is to gather at the Chapel-Auditorium and then walk about the building three-times – in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will then re-gather in the foyer for a time of worship and community-led prayers.”

The campus-prayer event is open to the Grant County Alumni and Friends. No reservations are needed. Gather at the Chapel-Auditorium with students, faculty, and staff as we lift of our community to the Lord.