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
I oversee the “ground war” – Dgroups (training, development, and multiplication) and teen and youth ministries.
Additionally, I provide pastoral care and counseling, as well as occasionally preach.
My wife, Ruth, and I have been married for twenty-two years. We have two adult daughters, one teenage son, and one soon –to- be teenage son, three dogs and one fish. We have lived here in Detroit for five years, having previously lived in other regions of the country.
Our home is usually open, since we enjoy spending time with neighbors and friends. Our family enjoys a wide variety of activities from sports, camping, to board games and watching movies.
Pastor Mike Hanafee
I oversee the “air war” at Restore — Sunday preaching and series planning, leadership development, and the vision for church planting, in addition to providing pastoral care and marital counseling. I am a pastor with the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, a founder of the EFCA Plant I75 Initiative, and Detroit Regional Leader for Plant Midwest.
While serving in the Marine Corps I met a local college student and seven months later we were married. Whew! The next year both our hearts were changed by the gospel, and that changed everything. Some twenty years later Susan and I have experienced God’s grace together in countless ways, and in these two decades have been blessed with six beautiful children, five biological and one by adoption. We hope for many many more…years that is. OK, and possibly another adoption!
I enjoy spending lots of time with my never boring family, putting venison on the table, delusional optimism at the beginning of each Detroit sport’s team season, and dreaming of visiting Ireland with Susan.
Pastor Tyler St. Clair
I am the church planting resident that will be planting in the fall 2017 on the west side of Detroit. I was born and raised in Detroit, Mi and feel compelled to serve the city. I have served in a myriad of ministry capacities including, prison and homeless chaplaincy, youth pastor, mentor for at-risk children and youth, preacher, and teacher since the age of 19.
I married my best friend Elita in 2004 and they have four wonderful children; Elisabeth (9), Philip (7), Sarah (4), and Tabitha (1). firstname.lastname@example.org
In an incredible story of God’s gracious provision, in 2012 Restore acquired an old Post Office, affectionally now called The PO. Peter serves part time on our staff, working tirelessly as the renovation coordinator for our facility as well as leading multiple work projects. If you want to help in the transformation of the PO please see Peter.
Heather serves part time 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.