I began seeking Christ after experiencing an
inexplicable fullness in my chest when visiting a
church about 14 years ago. I subsequently
explored where that fullness was coming from
and tried to understand what people there
seemed to get that I didn’t. Over the course of
about 4 years (God is SO patient), I explored
Christianity and became convinced that Jesus is
Lord and was baptized in January of 2002.
I have grown in my faith primarily through
relationships built in small groups, mission teams,
inductive Bible study and the CS Lewis Institute Fellows program.
Prayer, Bible study and deep Christian friendships have been essential to
my growth in the faith.
Value I could bring to the vestry: my “sweet spot” is a role where I can
think strategically, streamline processes and empower people.
Additionally, I would love to see Restoration’s singles have a vestry seat
and would be honored to ﬁll that role. In looking at Titus 1 and 1
Timothy 3, I am keenly aware I fall short of living these verses out
perfectly and I’m humbled to have been nominated to serve Restoration
in this way.
My dream for Restoration is that we would be a place where people can
ﬁnd…restoration; where God is actively changing us to better reﬂect His
image in a broken world. I pray for our church to be built on authentic
relationships where we can challenge one another when needed and still
be a safe place for the unconvinced.
Restoration has been a true gift from God as He
continues to weave the tapestry of my life. I
grew up in a Christian household and was fully
engaged in an active Bible-based church. I
taught Sunday School, helped run Vacation
Bible School, and spent a summer with Teen
Missions. My 20’s and 30’s were spent
searching for, among other things, a new church
home. My husband, Jim, and I have been at
Restoration since the very ﬁrst Sunday and truly
believe that Restoration is a place where we can
be actively engaged in the life of the church, be challenged, and grow in
faith. Restoration feels like coming home to a new extended family that
My journey has also resulted in the convergence of my personal life and
my professional life in some unexpected ways. Overlaps abound in my
role as a Regional Manager overseeing a signiﬁcant portfolio of
apartment communities, my role on the board of the Arlington-
Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, and my work with the Long
Range Facilities Team for Restoration.
My dream for Restoration is that each of us continues to ﬁnd ways to
support and challenge each other; and that Restoration will have a
transformative impact on our friends, families and the greater Arlington
community. I believe that God has a vision for Restoration and that we
need to keep our eyes ﬁrmly planted on Him as we strive to discern and
fulﬁll the work He has for us.
The roots of my faith are found in many places,
but my time at Wheaton College was signiﬁcant
for my spiritual growth. There I learned the
power of faith-based redemptive work and
discerned God’s call on my life to care for the
poor, both internationally and locally.
After graduating from Wheaton College, I
worked for four years serving DC’s homeless
population at Central Union Mission. In 2008 I
joined an East African social enterprise called
Amani ya Ju where my daily challenge is to
coordinate an international business.
With a desire to live in a way that reﬂects Jesus’
love and care in my own community, in July
2007 Dawnielle Miller, Emily Mancia and I formed an intentional Christian
community in Alexandria called Casa Chirilagua. While living in
community, I developed spiritually by participating in daily prayer,
scripture reading and studying works by Christian authors. Today, my
husband Isaac and I continue these same disciplines and remain
involved in Casa Chirilagua.
One thing that has remained consistent since my formative years at
Wheaton is my desire to live out my faith in a variety of ways:
intellectually through reading and study, personally through relationships
and lifestyle, and socially through work environments that effect change.
I’m honored to be nominated to serve on Restoration’s vestry. My hope
and prayer for Restoration is that it would be a place where people are
welcomed and get connected to each other and to God.
I came to faith in Christ during my early
adolescent years through the witness of my
parents and the teaching of the Lutheran church.
Both Young Life and FCA were inﬂuential in my
high school years in developing my relationship
with God. It was my undergraduate years at
Wheaton College that served to deepen my faith
and cultivate a desire for missions. Accountability
through small groups has been critical for
maintaining my faith walk. I currently meet with
three Christian men on a regular basis to share
Community building and a passion for missions are
qualities I will bring to the vestry. God has given me a heart for the poor
and the sick. I’m a neurologist at the VA Medical Center, where I care for
many of Washington’s urban poor and teach medical students and
residents. I remain active in medical teaching and research in the
developing world. At my former church, I served as a deacon and lead
I’m excited to be a part of the ministry of Restoration and currently serve
on the Outreach Team and as a small group leader. I’m blessed with a
loving wife and two young, energetic boys. I see Restoration as being a
place of love, grace, and justice that is catalyzed by the gospel. Our
church body and ministries should be attractive to our postmodern
culture and the diverse population of metropolitan Washington. Our
mission should be outward focused to the local community and the
Restoration has been the home for my lovely
wife, Nadia, and I since its second worship
service. It was a welcomed change for me as I
was seeking God's depth and grace in a more
tangible way—through impacting sermons and
community—after having come to know the
Lord only three short years prior.
Jesus met me at the same place I met Nadia—
IKEA (they do have more than Swedish
meatballs and sofas)! A co-worker of mine and
now dear friend, Will, spurred my thinking
about life and signiﬁcance through asking a few
candid questions about "what I believed." It was his conﬁdence in the
Lord, along with my openness to new perspectives, that revolutionized
my thinking on life—I didn't realize how much of the world I was missing.
God has since given me a deep passion for people and service, which I
fulﬁll through the church and community by teaching Children's Church
with Nadia and volunteering at the Cherrydale Rehab Center. The Lord
has blessed me with a master's in business communications and a
profession in proposal writing and training for a defense contractor.
Jesus has been merciful by giving me an eye for organization and project
My prayer for Restoration is that we would become a church full of
members equipped and ready to ask "candid questions" about faith, and
our dear friends and family who don't know the love and grace of God
would be sitting right next to us on Sunday mornings.
My faith in Christ started at an early age.
Although my trust in God's sovereignty has been
challenged in the midst of difﬁcult circumstances,
the result has been a keen awareness that I am
his precious child – fully known and loved by him.
I came to D.C. from Wheaton College to work on
Capitol Hill and, later, was the Director of
Communication for a major nonproﬁt. It was not
until the arrival of many little ones that I realized
the need to totally depend on God and submit to
Christ's rule in my life. All that I previously
depended on for an identity; vocation,
relationships, and accomplishment, passed away
-- I love being in this place.
Since moving into our Arlington neighborhood over eight years ago, our
family has desired to be salt and light to those around us. We have been
blessed by the like-mindedness of our new church home (just blocks
from our own) where we have been challenged to use the gifts he has
given us to creatively love our community.
It is my prayer that Restoration will continue to reach out to our local and
global community and help demonstrate Christ’s love by sacriﬁcially
laying down our live for each other (I John 3:16), so those in our spheres
of inﬂuence may also fully realize that they too are children of God and
are loved and known by Him.
Family and friends blessed me with an early
foundation in life with Christ, but my adult faith
grew and was deﬁned by living in South
America. Returning from jarring experiences
with poverty there and all the upheaval of
assumptions that comes with living in a different
culture, I was able to rebuild my faith and
worldview through a re-exploration of the gospel
message, which now had a new and deeper
meaning. Remembering that God weeps for
injustice, cares about its remedy, and tells us at
the communion table that we are forgiven and
the world set aright allowed me to ﬁnd my footing again.
My path led me to my career in social work, where I have focused on
working with seniors, people living with mental illness, and people who
are homeless. I now direct the social services programs at Miriam’s
Kitchen (a DC soup kitchen), and I feel fortunate every day to walk
alongside people in need and use my gifts of care and counseling,
listening and discernment, and vision casting to serve them on an
individual and systemic level.
My hope for Restoration is that we continue to be a vibrant place of care
and community ﬁlled with frailties, forgiveness, and grace, where we
always remind each other of the gospel. I want us to be a relevant
presence in our local Arlington community. I hope that when God asks
our community how we cared for the least of these, we can answer with
My journey with Christ has been a long one
with many side trips. I am more conscious
than ever of two streams of God’s grace: for
rescuing me and for putting me back on the
path so often. Worship every Sunday at
Restoration helps me to remember these
truths in wise teaching and the Eucharist. I
am much convinced that faith is “a long
obedience in the same direction”—and one
of daily persistence by grace.
In this “third half of life,” I am called to help
grow leaders who serve. Thirty ﬁve years of
public service leadership plus positions on
several boards and vestries have helped me
see that God was shaping this last phase of my life. Mentoring young
couples with B.J., mentoring people on vocation; teaching leadership to
doctoral students or worldview to high school students; consulting for
organizations on a healthy culture--these are all parts of my current
If I am also called to serve Restoration, I see God has clearly been doing
something amazing. Our time is one of both opportunity and challenge.
The opportunity is that Christ came to redeem our Jerusalem, Arlington,
and our Judea, Washington, D.C.: arguably the leading world
metropolitan area. We have a unique opportunity to help restore this
culture and to seek its ﬂourishing for “the least of these,” materially, and
for all the “poor in spirit.” Our challenge is not to get out ahead of God,
while patiently waiting on him, despite great “success.”
I am deeply humbled to serve on
Restoration’s ﬁrst vestry. At
David’s suggestion I have been
reﬂecting on Titus 1 and 1
Timothy 3. Those passages set a
high standard that I will always
strive to meet, ever mindful of my
need for grace. I bring to the
vestry all the gifts God has given
me and am honored to serve with
the dedicated men and women
who pour themselves into this
Restoration is a special place where God is using relationships and
community to draw people to Himself. In my own walk, God has always
been faithful to give me relationships to teach me what it can look like to
be Christ’s man in the world. My aspiration is to be whole and
consistent: whole in Christ, and the same person – God’s person – at
church, at home, and at work. My hope for the church is that through
our relationships we would show our friends and neighbors the love of
Christ and strengthen each other in our walks with the Lord. As I look at
all of the current and soon-to-be middle schoolers with whom we are
blessed, I particularly pray for a vibrant youth ministry to serve them at a
critical time in their lives.
This is an exciting time for our church. I am so grateful for the wonderful
people God has drawn here, and I am excited to see what He has in
Born in Roanoke, VA, I was fortunate to be
raised in a Christian home, so I can never
remember a time when I did not believe in
Jesus. I married fellow believer Ken in 1979, and
we moved to Virginia Beach, where I worked for
Bell Atlantic. We had two kids while living there,
Kat and Braxton.
In 1993 we moved to Richmond where I took a
Director’s position at Bell Atlantic. While there
we both attended a weekend retreat called
“Walk to Emmaus” where I made a
recommitment to Christ. Shortly after, we moved to Hawaii for 8 years.
There I worked as a Technical Director for a start-up wireless company,
which later became part of Sprint. While working for Sprint, I felt the
Lord’s call to leave corporate America and work in full time ministry. I’m
still Executive Director for Hawaiian Islands Ministries; I just do it virtually
from Arlington. I also consult with the Christian Leadership Alliance.
Before The Falls Church and Restoration, I was a lifelong attendee and
an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. I have a BS in Public Administration
and an MA degree in HR. My spiritual gifts are administration and
hospitality. I have been on the Servant team since October of 2008, and
have been handling all personnel matters for Restoration with the help of
a great team. I also recently coordinated our second fall retreat. My hope
for Restoration is that we are a loving community who welcomes all who
These bios are included to inform you of the
current vestry members, so that you may pray
over what the team will look like as a whole.
Things you should know about me: I have the
best wife in the world and four incredible children.
I strive (sometimes failing miserably) to honor the
Lord as a husband, a parent, and an attorney. I
cherish deep community, authentic worship, and
My story: After years of building deep
relationships at the Falls Church, I never thought
we would leave. Starting a church plant was
deﬁnitely not on my radar screen. But we felt an
inexorable pull to be part of what God was doing
in Arlington, and we have been blessed beyond
what we could have asked for or imagined by Restoration. l love the fact
that Restoration is a place where people know and are known by each
other, where we serve and are served, celebrate and are celebrated.
Plus I’ve had the opportunity to do everything from negotiating my ﬁrst
church lease to leading a small group to showing off my goofy dance
moves in front of 100 people at our ﬁrst-ever retreat. It has been quite a
year. I love this church.
Things that get me really excited: Being part of a strong community of
open, real, we-don’t-think-we’ve-got-it-all-ﬁgured-out-already followers
of Christ who believe that the gospel changes everything and who are
working together to determine how we can serve the Lord faithfully in
21st century Arlington. Seeing our families, friends, and neighborhoods
transformed by the gospel. Working to meet the needs of vulnerable
people in Arlington and around the world to the glory of God.
Tom was born and raised in Syracuse,
NY. After graduating with a degree in
engineering he started a small
business in New England. It was
through the pressures of the business
that he decided to make Jesus Lord of
his life and sold his business interests
and went back to Columbia Graduate
School of Bible and Missions for a year
of study and spiritual growth. For the
next two years he acted as the
Stewardship Director for Africa
Evangelical Fellowship (AEF), the mission that was originally started by
Andrew Murray as Cape General Mission.
In 1981, he moved to Washington, DC, and met and married his wife,
Patty. He formed a Washington commercial real estate business with his
brother, which they operated for 11 years.
Over the years, Tom has served as an elder and deacon in a church and
taught primary age children in Sunday school. He began attending The
Falls Church in 2007. In 2008, he became a member of the Servant
Team that helped David start Restoration Anglican Church. Being able
to serve others gives Tom great joy. Tom and Patty live in Arlington and
have four children: Heather, Scott, Jeff, and Christine. Running, biking,
skiing, and playing golf are leisure activities that Tom enjoys. Currently,
he is a consultant to the federal government in information security.
Carolyn and I ﬁnally realized what you
have realized, “We are home.”
Restoration’s authentic community and
vibrant godliness grip us and draw us
closer to Jesus.
I grew up – and found Jesus – in an
Oregon church plant. Early on, God
ignited a passion for the lost, leading me
to Wheaton College and Stanford, where
He brought twenty men in my fraternity
into His family. I landed in DC as a Hill
staffer and met Carolyn in 2000. I ostensibly went to UC-Berkeley for
my JD/MBA, but really I was following Carolyn! We now have four
children: Grace, Christiana, Hewson, and Sandhana.
Professionally, God made my mind for business. I’ve launched two new
businesses at my company and am now turning around a struggling
business unit. Since 2007, I have served on the board of Every
Generation Ministries, which focuses on training Sunday School
teachers around the world.
My hope for Restoration starts in our own home. Carolyn and I are
building a home in Falls Church that we hope will become your family
room – a place where you feel comfortable stopping by for dinner, where
your face is familiar, and where your prayers are on our prayer list. I
believe three opportunities will deﬁne Restoration’s next season:
• Maintaining Intimacy as We Grow.
• Supporting Our Pastor and Staff.
• Turning Our Community Outward.
I am excited to navigate these opportunities with you!