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, our Coffee Ministry,  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.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. pastor Stephen and florence says:

    Shalom,
    Pastor Clete, Greetings to you in the majestic name of our Lord Jesus Christ . I pray that this humble,friendly message finds you walking in the favor of God.
    God,s minister, God has invested enough message of salvation in you to get out of your country to go all over the world to preach the gospel and win more souls to Christ.
    God has called you out of many, chosen you ,anointed you and approved you for his great Job.
    Pastor, God has a purpose with you life.He has created you to accomplish the great things for him.
    Pastor, this specific task which God has for you and no body else! whether is to plant new churches, to start a bible school or a soup kitchen of the poor,is God,s vision for you.
    Pastor,God Has called you and He placed you in a specific congregation or ministry,because He has a specific task that you support to fulfill here.
    Pastor , God has a task and a purpose for you.He will be with you and He will accomplish the task through His power.He will equip you and give you the power to do it.
    Pastor, He is faithful.if He calls you to a task that is greater than your own abilities,He will also give you the people to support the good work you are doing for Him.
    Pastor, God has a plan with your life.yes! even before you were born,He planned you in the finest detail, humble yourself before the Lord He will lift you up[James 4;-10]
    Pastor, you are God,s special workmanship.psalm 139,says that God knew you before you were formed in your mother,s womb!
    pastor, your greatest blessings began when God said,He created you in his image in Genesis 1;26, everything you put your hands to, is going to prosper.
    Pastor, you are so precious to the Lord,silver and gold wasn,t enough.God wanted to purchase you with something more valuable than any precious mental or mineral.so He used the blood of Jesus Christ.
    Surely, in everything we do,we believe in positive changing and affecting the lives of people who we are constantly working towards inspiring change.
    Pastor, working together is so fruitful growth and maturity in the Lord among us.
    My good friend, we are thanking God that we are connected to an anointing servant ,ministry ,who are committed in spreading the GOOD NEWS of spreading a salvation message and win more souls and many to LOVE Jesus Christ .
    We are praying that one day God will open a way you to bring His message to us-here in Africa.
    May the Lord be with you, please.teach us the word and pray for us.
    Thank you,
    Pastor Stephen and Florence

  2. Terry Andren says:

    Great message by Pastor Mike Hanafee at Camp Barakel Father Son retreat this weekend.

    My hope and prayer is that Restore Church and other churches in the Detroit area will continue to bring revival to the city. I remembered that at a Promise Keepers event in Battle Creek back in 2013 we prayed in the arena for the churches in the city to bring the restoration that only Jesus can provide.

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