Dan Samms (Planting Pastor)
Dan has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in Churches and Christian non-profits. Having spent several years in a large church that he loved, Dan thought he would follow a typical ministry career. However, God called Dan out of his comfort zone, and eventually into church planting. His heart is to make disciples who make disciples, so he seeks to invest his time into people.
Dan is in love with his wife, Christy. They have two kids, a few chickens, and an awesome dog named "Sam." Dan drinks good coffee, enjoys fine woodworking, and has a lifelong dream to punch an alligator in the face. Christy is a licensed counselor and an incredible mother who has a variety of hobbies and runs an insightful blog. Together, they raise their kids, lead the church, and enjoy God's blessings.
Dan can often be found at coffeehouses around Amherst and is always willing to meet and discuss what it means to Experience, Trust, and Follow Jesus.
Recently, Dan wrote a book to be used as a guide for making disciples. It's a handy tool for guiding people through initial steps in following Jesus. You can purchase it on Amazon.com, and it is inexpensive enough that you can easily buy a copy for a friend and read it together.
Dan's primary role at Restoration is Recruiting, Equipping, and Releasing house church leaders in addition to ensuring every disciple is making disciples.
Bob Slatt (HOuse Church Facilitator)
Bob and his wife Tara have been involved in church planting for several years now. They lead a house church and make disciples together. By day, Bob is a web developer for Aespire. By night, he is a standup comedian who has performed at a variety of venues around Cleveland, including the Improv. Bob is our resident maven regarding all things pop culture. He's heard of that movie you've never heard of, and he can tell you who was in Duran Duran at any given time. He is also a dedicated scholar of God's Word and a gifted Shepherd. He tells a lot of jokes, but he is serious about ministry.
Bob also has an amazing story of healing and forgiveness that you should ask him about when you meet him. Bob's wife, Tara works for Love INC and is a licensed social worker and is a wonderful compliment to Bob's creativity. They are a blessing.
Joe Taylor (House Church Facilitator and Worship Leader)
Joe is married to Taryn, and the two are a great ministry team. In addition to leading a house church, Joe leads worship at our First Sunday gatherings (where all the house churches come together). By day, Joe is the coolest librarian you have ever met. Seriously. He knows how to find stuff, and he looks up interesting things. By night, Joe is a punk rock aficionado who is as at home at an MXPX or Five Iron Frenzy show as he is behind the desk at the library. Joe is a good man who has a steadiness about him that has come from living a life of integrity. He is knowledgeable about the Bible and is gifted at facilitating discussion in the house church.
Joe's wife, Taryn is a fitness expert with the gift of hospitality. She makes everyone regardless of age feel at home, and she knows how to get things done. She ministers to women, plans prayer vigils, and organizes and leads Kid's Ministry. You'll love them both.
Micah Judy (Treasurer and Social Media)
Micah Judy a master of business. He manages church expenses, keeps track of our budget, and generally makes sure the whole thing is running smoothly. Micah owns a web and graphic design business by day and coaches swimming by afternoon/evening. Not only is Micah an essential part of keeping things organized financially, he also oversees our social media presence. In addition, Micah leads a young adult Bible Study with Restoration at Slow Train Cafe in Oberlin. Micah is a gifted athlete, coach, and businessman, but it is possible that his greatest talent is knowing where to find the best ice cream in Ohio. Talk to Micah about giving and budget or join the young adult Bible study. You will not be disappointed.
Elders (Coming Soon)
We are still a church plant, so we do not have officially recognized elders (yet). For now, the church is led by our pastor under the headship of the Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance with the support of house church facilitators and others who serve a similar function to elders and meet the biblical qualifications. When Restoration is fully established and accredited as a Christian and Missionary Alliance church, we officially be led by a team of co-equal elders under the headship of Christ led by the Spirit and ministering in relationship with the C&MA. Currently, Daniel Samms, Bob Slatt, Joe Taylor, and John Hazlett serve on this team that will officially become elders eventually.
House Church Facilitators and Advisors
In addition to Dan and Christy, Restoration is led by a team of house church facilitators and advised by a team of seasoned believers. As our church matures, we plan to establish a team of elders to lead together. Coached by Todd Sovine, Director of Church Planting for the Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the team is consistently seeking to advanced the Kingdom of God in Amherst, OH.
Additionally, as we continually grow, every new person finds their place on the Restoration team as we minister to one another. Everyone who comes has something to offer in the discussion, everyone brings gifting and friendship to the table. Come and see what Restoration is like and find your ministry in the process.
Prayer Partners and Financial Supporters
Things that matter happen as God's people pray. Restoration is blessed to have a large team of supporters who have committed to pray regularly for Restoration's ministry in Lorain County, OH. It is working! God is doing great things as His people pray. There are also several people giving financially to the work, making it possible for the Samms' to dedicate themselves to Restoration and for the Church to purchase the resources and tools to facilitate Kingdom advancement. Sign up for our Prayer Partner Email. Give Financially to Restoration.