The local church, as described in the New Testament, was always led by a team of elders (also known as pastors, overseers, or shepherds). Restore functions in the same way, with a team of pastors who work together to lead the church. Each pastor has a different role, but they all work together as one team. Restore looks to add pastors from within the body as the church continues to grow.
This structure provides accountability, protection, shared burden, and shared teaching responsibilities, among other things. Key Scriptures regarding eldership include 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 3:5-9; Acts 14:23, 20:17, 20:28; Hebrews 13:17; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-3.

As the wisest man who ever lived once wrote:
“Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12

 

Pastor Clete Bontrager
Restore Website - Clete BontragerPastor Clete leads the “ground war” at Restore. He oversees our discipleship structures, including our DNA groups and our children’s and youth ministries. He also directs our missions and outreach efforts, provides pastoral care and counseling, and oversees the renovation and maintenance of our building and grounds.  

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Mike Hanafee
Restore Website - Mike HanafeePastor Mike leads the “air war” at Restore. He oversees the Sunday preaching and series planning, leadership development, and the vision and efforts for church planting. He also provides pastoral care and marital counseling, gives oversight to our worship and audiovisual teams, and oversees Restore’s finances. In addition to his responsibilities at Restore, he is also the leader for Plant SEMI and the EFCA Church Planting Catalyst.

 

 

 

 

Charles Bovan

Pastor Charles (who also works a full-time job in addition to serving as a pastor at Restore Church!) oversees a number of our ministry teams, including the security, usher, and connections teams. He is also responsible for our technology and website needs, and directing our benevolence funds.

 

 

 

Heather Fitzgerald

Restore Website - Heather FitzgeraldHeather serves as the administrative director at Restore. She creates, implements, and evaluates our systems and procedures, and generally just tries to keep things organized around here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Keith Schlarb says:

    Hey Mike. A guy just stopped in here that is painting a Target store here in Goshen. He lives in Detroit and goes to wherever the job is. Anyway, I invited him to your church and he promised me that without fail he will come visit. I gave him my card with your address on it and the service time. He told me that he would have you call me to prove that he attended at least one of your services. His name is Jeff. That’s all I know. So, hopefully, you will get the opportunity to minister to him.

  2. Don & Vicki Miller says:

    Can I get Pete’s Email addy or get this to him. Good news concerning Sunday church service setup. I will be bringing 3 10×10′ canopy’s. Some of the elderly were concerned about sitting in the sun, so I am bringing 1 to cover food prep area a 2 for elderly and those with infant children. God has truly blessed this service. Vicki and I look forward to this weekends events.

  3. Robert Ross says:

    Greetings good soldiers of Christ….

    I am believing that the Lord is moving me back to Michigan late summer or early fall time frame. I am living a stone’s throw from Ft. Bragg at the moment, ministering alongside of brothers and sisters on the front lines of the War on Terror. I too am a warrior for His gospel.

    I am believing that I will get a loft downtown and be a part of Detroit’s urban and spiritual renewal. I also believe strongly that I will be called to join your ranks at Restore Church.

    If this, in fact, is the Lord’s will, please pray for me and my family. I only want His will for our lives….whatever may manifest. I will also be praying for your church body.

    In Christ,
    Ranger Rob (Ross)

    Luke 4:18-19

    • mikehanafee says:

      Thanks for the comment Rob! Please contact me me when you get to town – looking forward to meeting you.

  4. God bless this Ministry. Enjoyed meeting the Pastor, his spirit ready reflects the love of God. Blessing to you. Looking forward to speaking and learning with and from him. From Word of God church Ministries.

    • mikehanafee says:

      So good to meet you brother! I’m about to send you an email per upcoming Plant Midwest Detroit conference.

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