Meet the Team



Becky Mathew is a Nurse in the Operating Room at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. When she’s not assisting in surgeries, she likes to vacuum, travel, practice her hand lettering, read mysteries, have dance parties, & bug her husband with her indecisiveness & OCD tendencies. Passionate about Jesus & building relationships, she spends most of her free time editing, writing, and creatively managing Come Awake Blog.


Vinay Mathews and his amazing wife, April, live in the great city of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is an Architectural Designer at a Design firm in Cleveland. After many years of [slow] growth, he came to commit his all to serving the Lord. Living life through that lens has shown him true joy in everything he experiences whether it be in serving his precious wife, building relationships, designing, or even in failure. It is all sweeter now.


Garrett Haley works at Coldwell Banker Commercial in Lubbock, TX. During his free time he enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and pondering life’s deep questions. On weekends he can often be found mowing lawns or playing soccer. He also serves as a deacon at FreeWay Bible Chapel.


Julie Kurian is the Director of Marking for a non-profit organization in the high plains of Lubbock, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring young women, reading, writing and traveling. Don’t ever go on a road trip with her unless you want to experience hours of her enthusiastic singing or be forced to learn a lot of interesting (but random) facts. She is an active member of FreeWay Bible Chapel and spends her summers staffing at the Galilee discipleship program.


By day, Sarah Schiete is a nanny to two wonderful children in Edmond, Oklahoma. By night, she is more of a woodland creature, writing songs and poems (some on the Come Awake Blog), enjoying the great outdoors, and consuming high amounts of caffeinated beverages. She enjoys spending the time God gives her with others, especially pouring into younger women and her local church – being available whenever, wherever, and to whomever. Sarah’s main focus in life is to have an undivided gaze on Christ Jesus as she tell others the sweet story of His love.


Sheba Joy is a Dallas native who wears many hats including Physician Assistant at an inpatient oncology department, wife to her husband, and most importantly, disciple of Christ. Her idea of a fun time includes trying out different foods (especially desserts), listening to music (live concerts is a big bonus!), traveling with her husband, and unwinding with her loved ones (Netflix is usually involved). When she has some extra time to squeeze in, she enjoys singing with family, painting/drawing impressionistic works, writing for Come Awake, and reading fiction.


Eliza Roop is a twenty-something married to her best friend, Steven. They live in Lubbock, TX, and are parents to a fat and entitled golden retriever. Eliza works at a commercial real estate office during the day, but in her spare time she enjoys playing with watercolors, doing calligraphy, as well as reading, running, and other such unpractical but fun activities.  She and her husband attend FreeWay Bible Chapel.




Jenie Hand is a Social Worker at a Children’s Hospital, where she works with children and families in the Emergency Center. She and her husband are involved in their local assembly where they teach and study the Word with high school students. Jenie works on the Beautiful Feet Project with Come Awake, featuring missionaries around the world.





Joel Sam is a Research Assistant at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. When he isn’t experimenting on shape memory alloys, he’s hanging out with college students in Navs and Cru, playing ultimate frisbee, playing drums for The Lonely Wheel, or designing graphics for Come Awake. He occasionally shares his life with the Internet on his website.




Shannon Rankin is a full-time graphic designer for a local Indiana company called 185 Promotions & ApparelIn addition to that she designs for Come Awake and dabbles in a little free-lance work. People assume she doesn’t actually live in Indiana because she’s always traveling. In addition to road trips, she loves the St. Louis Cardinals, boxing, war movies, and a really good cup of coffee. She currently attends and plays piano for Bethany Christian Fellowship.




Benjamin Knott is currently in charge of logistics and procurement at Cherokee Fabrication Co Inc. in Lubbock, TX. Outside of work, he spends most of his time mentoring, playing the bandurria (a 12-stringed Spanish instrument), playing soccer, or doing outreach on the Texas Tech campus.