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
Pastor 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
Pastor 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.
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 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.