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Lead Minister

My name is Aaron! I'm originally from Alhambra, IL. After graduating from Highland High School, I attended Saint Louis Christian College where I received a Bachelors in Behavior Ministry (Christian Counseling) and Biblical Studies. For two and a half years following my time in college, I served as the lead minister of Palmyra Christian Church. While there, I married my high school sweetheart Allison and was approached by Ignite Church Planters about an opportunity to start a new Christian church in my home community of Highland. Feeling the Lord's call, Allison and I have embarked on a journey to form the community that is Restore!

Associate Minister

My name is Josiah! I'm originally from Orfordville, WI and moved to southern Illinois to attend Greenville University in 2015. After graduating in 2019 with Bachelor Degrees in Ministry and Business Management, I continued my education at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary until I started interning with Aaron at Restore. Following God's direction while searching for a new church home in 2021, I found my way to Restore and went from visitor to member to intern to now pastor. I have been so blessed by this ministry! My hope is that you too will join us, and witness all the exciting things God is doing through this church family, in this community!


Paco Newman

Elder/Care Ministry Contact

Allison Kelso

Missions Coordinator

Kara Kelso

Children's Church Coordinator

Tanner Zbinden

Set Up Crew Coordinator

Emily Mcdowell

Women's Ministry Coordinator

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