Meet our nominees

We have the opportunity to meet on Sunday, November 15th for a congregational meeting

after the worship service for the purpose of electing Ruling Elders and Deacons.

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Brian leach - class of 2021

Brian Leach has been married to his wife Dawn for over 27 years and live in the community of Ash Creek in Mechanicsville. They have three adult children Joshua, Kylie, and Delaney who have all have graduated from college and focused on their professional careers. Joshua and Delaney live in in the Richmond area and Kylie lives in Charleston, SC. 

 

Brian and Dawn are founding members of Restoration Church, and both are grateful for the work God has done in their marriage. Brian recalls his faith journey strengthening when he lost his job with Circuit City in 2009. He has continued to grow in his faith by participating in small groups, men’s disciplining groups, our Leadership program, our Emotional Heathy Spirituality (EHS) and Emotional Heathy Relationship (EHR) classes with Dawn. 

 

Since 2018, Brian has been serving as an Elder, Treasurer, and on the Business Administration Team. Brian is excited to extend his term through 2021 to live into our new vision as, “imperfect people helping our community embrace the life-restoring grace of Jesus together.” 

 

Brian is the CEO of Unboxed Technology, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Brian leads new product delivery and development, partnerships, finance, HR, and the strategic direction for the company. Brian's success stems from partnering with great people who share a passion and a vision for excellence. 

 

When he’s not leading the team at Unboxed or serving at Restoration Church, you’ll find him boating, hanging out at the beach, and enticing friends and family to try the results of his culinary adventures. 

dave stanford - class of 2022

Karen and I have been married for 32 years and have lived in Hanover County since 1990.  I am an equine veterinarian and Karen is a kindergarten teacher.  We have three children; Andrew is a medical device sales rep in the Richmond area and is engaged to Amanda, Rachel is in the Physician Assistant program at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina, and Lauren is the Physical Therapy program at VCU.  Murphy, our 4 year old Golden Retriever, keeps us moving because he loves to go for runs, long walks and chase anything that can be thrown.


We are charter members of Restoration Church.  I have been an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church for 11 years.  I have served on the session at Restoration Church for a one year term when we first became a local church and for another full 3 year term.  I have served on the Youth Team and the Discipleship team while also serving as a Sunday school teacher, a youth group leader, a D-Now mentor and a discipleship group leader.


While I grew up in the church and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in seventh grade, I did not learn what it meant to be a disciple of Christ until much later in life.  I was challenged to get more involved and serve in the church.  Serving with wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ I learned what it meant to follow Jesus.  Through this long journey I am learning to trust God in all aspects of my life.  He has shown me how spending time in His word and in prayer every day draws me closer to Him and strengthens my faith. He has shown me that tithing and serving is an investment in His kingdom that can never be lost.  I truly look forward to the rest of the journey.


I am excited to share whatever I can to help others grow in their faith just as I was helped.  I look forward to serving on session again as we embark on a new chapter in the life of our church.  Moving into our own space will give us so many more opportunities for discipleship growth and for welcoming the community into a life changing adventure with Christ.  I see it as the perfect place to put our vision statement into action, “Imperfect people helping our community embrace the life-restoring grace of Jesus together”.

kelly all - class of 2023

Neil and I have been married for 17 years. We have 3 daughters, a son-in law,  Oliver our grandson and Pretzel our brown dog. We also have a large extended family in the Richmond area.


I was born into a Catholic family and raised here in Richmond.  I began attending a Disciples of Christ church in middle school. I was active in youth group through high school but like so many, I stopped attending in college. 


When my kids were little I came back to church. I wanted them to have the same foundation and fond experiences that I had. During my rocky divorce from my first husband is the first time remember knowing that God was working in my every day life.


A huge step in my faith journey was joining a Bible study in 2009 when I was out of work. I was worried about the unknown, taking care of my financial responsibilities and taking care of my family. It could’ve been a super dark time, but being able to read and share insight about scripture with other believers really helped give me strength and guidance. As I leaned into scripture I was really conscious of my growing faith and wanting more. I have been a part of several small groups since then and am grateful  for the love, accountability, knowledge and growth. They help me be the me I was intended to be.


I am so sure of God‘s faithfulness that even through the struggles I know they won’t last forever, and I truly know that I don’t face these alone. 


I love the way he calls flawed people to do great things. I fit that description and I am humbled at the opportunity but fired up and ready to serve my Restoration family who has given me so much. I am really  looking forward to the next chapter as we move into our new home. I can't wait to see how we are able to grow and share with our community. 

Peter Francis - Class of 2023

Hello!  My name is Pete Francis, and I’m thrilled to be serving as a Restoration Church elder.  My wife Diane and I have four children, whom many of you already know - - you've probably seen them singing or drumming at one time or another!  Craig is preparing to graduate VCU in December and will be getting married in May.  Ellie is graduating from NC State this Spring as an environmental scientist.  Brenna and Jeffrey are students at Atlee, where Diane also serves as a History Teacher.  

 

For myself, I work as a mechanical engineer in the power electronics industry.  I grew up near Boston and attended college in Worcester, MA.  Then I ventured out west to Washington where I met and married Diane.  We moved back to the Northeast for a while before heading to the wonderful South in 2010.  We've been members of this church family ever since.  In my rare spare time, I enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports.  My latest passions have been tennis and volleyball, although soccer will always be my #1.  I love watching my Patriots and Bruins play, although not as much lately!  I'm also a fan of Mustangs ('66 and '19) and motorcycles. I love doing activities together with my Restoration family members, be it just for fun or in acts of service, although it's often both!   And I think that's where I see our church growing stronger - - together!  Our care and support for each other has always been stellar, and as we start to use our new home in creative ways we'll be even more active in spreading that love and concern far and wide.  It starts with one on one connections and can expand in any number of ways, and I'm excited to see how the Lord works through his body with all its wonderful, talented parts.

 

I am humbled and even a bit anxious to serve on Session and feel a deep responsibility to make God-honoring decisions.  I will try to act in the best interests of all the church members, while keeping us on a path that is seeking His glory.  Perhaps that sounds a bit heavy-handed, and I know it boils down to simply this - - I love my fellow Restoration Saints, so let's keep worshipping with our lives and our love!

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alan dole - class of 2021

Hi, my name is Alan Dole.  As far as church leadership goes, I have been an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA at a prior church and I served on the Administrative Board at the United Methodist church we belonged to in West Virginia before moving to Richmond 20 years ago.  I have led several bible studies and small groups over the years.  I have coordinated a number of Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes as well. Currently I am leading the “Manera” men’s bible study that meets on Thursday mornings.  As far as being a deacon, my only experience has been being the recipient of the awesome love and support of the Restoration Church deacons and members when my wife Rhonda lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.  I would like to share what I learned and give back some of that love.

On the personal side, I was born and raised In Euclid, Ohio (just east of Cleveland).  I went to college at The University of Rochester (the other U of R) and spent a few years living and working there.    I met Rhonda in Rochester while working at Xerox, Corp.  We were married in 1982 and we have two children, Amanda and Matthew.  Amanda is 31, married and lives in Hampton, Virginia.  Matthew is 27 and lives with me in our home in King’s Charter.  I am still sorting out what the future looks like without Rhonda but it will include some of my favorite activities like hiking in the mountains, travelling, reading, getting back into shape (other than my current oval shape), and of course spending time with family and friends.

On the professional side, I currently am a partner and Financial Advisor at Equity Concepts in Henrico.  I specialize in family retirement planning and Social Security.  Equity is a private, Christian wealth management firm.  I love this job which I have been doing for 15 years.  Prior to Equity Concepts I had a 25-year career in corporate America working for Xerox, Douglas Exploration, Consolidated Natural Gas and Dominion Energy.

I am honored to be asked to fill a deacon slot and in my prayer time I saw that it was time for me to step up and offer back a small part of the awesome love and support my family and I have received from our church family for years but this year especially.  Thanks!

lucy trott - class of 2023

Hello, my name is Lucy Trott, and I have been nominated for the position of deacon at Restoration Church.  I have been a member of Restoration Church since its inception.  Before that, I was a member at New Hanover Presbyterian Church.  I have been involved in small groups, women’s ministries and prayer triads.  I have enjoyed our small group and the events that we have participated in (BOND day, hospitality table, gingerbread houses with pastors’ kids, Bible studies and recreational outings).  

 

I moved to Mechanicsville in 2003 when John and I got married (@ New Hanover).  I just retired from public school teaching/coaching after 39 years of being an elementary physical educator (22 years in Tazewell County and the last 17 at Highland Springs).  My job has been my ministry, and I have missed those connections the last few months.  John and I live in King William County with our dog, Stella, and absolutely love the area where we live.  We have 2 grandchildren (ages 7 and 4), and we love any time we get to spend with them.  They are such a fun age and bring a tremendous amount of joy to “Pop Pops” and “Granny Boo.”  John and I also enjoy attending sporting events of any kind but especially football and baseball games.  My other hobbies include gardening, cooking, hiking, spending time with family and reading.  These past few quarantine months have given me plenty of time to pursue my hobbies.

 

My faith journey began at a very early age.  I was born and raised in Richlands, VA, in a Presbyterian Church and I have never not attended church.  My parents never missed Sunday school or church no matter where we traveled or who was in town.  We always, always, always went to church.  If there were visitors in our small church, my Dad would invite them to our house for Sunday dinner, and my Mother always had enough food for all of our family and anyone my Dad would invite.  I think I understood the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish at an early age.  My parents epitomized true Christian hospitality.  I had a very blessed childhood, and my siblings would all agree.

 

I am very excited about Restoration Church, our mission and the upcoming move.  I have watched the changes that have occurred over the last few years, and I can see God’s leading and guidance. This is particularly true in my own spiritual walk as well as in the life of our church.  I am very thankful for our congregation, church staff, church officers and especially our pastors.