Pastor Nadia Stropich was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she experienced the call into ministry at 17 years of age. She went to Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas and graduated with a BA in Religion and Philosophy; from there she attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. After a year of teaching Religion and theology in Karaganda, Kazakhstan at Central Asia Evangelical School of Theology, Nadia returned to the states as Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio. It was in Dayton that Nadia met her husband Shawn and their daughter Madelyn was born. Nadia was ordained in the EPC denomination in 2016. She loves long walks, coffee with friends, her daughters jokes and her husband‘s laughter. She looks forward to getting to know you and being your pastor.
My life is enriched by being a husband to Kristen and father to Gabriella and Vivienne. I grew up in Houston, Texas, spent a decade in North Carolina, and three years in Vancouver, BC, before landing here, in my wife’s home state. I really enjoy traveling, but being rooted even more. I also love being outside with a purpose, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, or grilling.
Youth & College Director
I was born and raised in Henrico County and I’ve spent the last four years at Hope Church. While I was in high school, my youth pastor pulled me into her office for a school project and showed me what grace, compassion, and love from God truly looked like. This encounter made me dive deeper into what the Lord had for me and set my heart on fire for developing the faith of those below me. In my free time I love watching sports, playing board games, going bowling, and rewatching tv series on Netflix.
I grew up in Virginia, and am so delighted for my family to be back here! I discovered my love for God and his Word at a very young age, and am convinced children of all ages can have vital and joyful relationships with God. I delight in teaching the Word of God, praying that others will be caught up in God's grand unfolding story of redemption. I love laughing, drinking coffee, playing games, reading, any kind of celebration, and going on adventures with my family.
My husband, Cory, and I have three children, Caleb, Ashley and Abby. I love watching them play sports and play music and hanging out with my family. I taught 3rd grade before I had children, and have been a preschool teacher and an instructional assistant. While I enjoyed being in the school system, my job at Restoration allows me serve others within our congregation and our community.
Amy Gathje serves as our Financial Analyst, bringing over 20 years of experience providing full-service accounting. She's a life-long resident of Hanover County. Amy and her husband, Todd, have 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls). After graduating from Atlee High School, went on to earn her B.S. in Accounting from Lee University located in Cleveland, TN. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading her Bible and shopping at her favorite stores -- Ross’s and the Dollar Tree. Amy is affectionately referred to by fellow staff as the "Singing Bookkeeper."