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Leadership

 At Restoration Church, we have a dedicated team of pastors and staff who love God and love the people of Restoration Church.

Dan Trippie

Pastor/Elder

Primary Responsibilities: Vision, Teaching, Leadership, Faith and Culture
Dan Trippie

After ministering in the Southern US, Pastor Dan Trippie returned to his hometown of Buffalo, NY in 2008 to plant Restoration Church. Dan has traveled to seven countries for mission and church saturation endeavors, as his desire is to see gospel-centered churches planted throughout the world, especially in Western New York. He received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan is currently a PhD student in Public Theology at Southeastern Seminary.

In addition to church planting, Dan has a passion for marriage and family ministry. Dan and his wife, Gina, recently published their first book, He Said, She Said, God Said: Biblical Answers to Marriage Questions. Dan and Gina, high school sweethearts, were married in 1995. They have twin adult sons, Samuel and Dominick.

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Jim Murphy

Pastor/Elder

Primary Responsibilities: Mobilization, Missional Living, Church Planting, Corporate Worship
Jim Murphy

By His grace, Jesus saved Jim at the age of 20. Since that time, it has been his passion to help others understand and grow in Jesus’ Gospel of grace. Jim and his family have a love for upstate New York and the Northeast, though they are not originally from here. The majority of his ministry involvement has been helping start new churches in Southwest Florida and Syracuse, NY.  He feels sincerely priveleged to be a part of Restoration Church and the great things God is doing in and through His people here for His glory.

Education has come in many forms in Jim’s life. He has a wonderful mixture of formal education (Grand Valley State University; Trinity International University), ministry experience, and personal mentoring by godly men. He is grateful to Jesus for each of those formative experiences.

By God’s grace Jim is married to his best friend, Tara, and together they have three wonderful children, Evan, Aidan, and Ashlyn. Also not to be forgotten are their dog Piper, cat Maddie, and fish that Aidan named Dude.

Dani Girdlestone

Assistant to the Elders

Dani Girdlestone

Dani spent the early years of her life in the Canadian Prairies where she learned that “family” is often more than just who you are related to. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, Dani began learning the “behind the scenes” of church functioning from a young age and that the people in your church can sometimes be the strongest “family” you have. When her family moved to Western New York in 2000 to continue ministry at a local church, they began the nearly eight year process of gaining citizenship. During this time, Dani completed high school and began attending college in Georgia to pursue a degree in youth ministry. After graduation, she returned to the region, falling back in love with the area and spending a season working in the mortgage industry before joining the team at Restoration Church. Married in 2014, she enjoys spending time with friends, playing board games, and watching science-fiction movies, working with animals, adventuring, and hanging out with her nephews and nieces.

Cyndi Perry

Ministry Director

Primary Responsibilities: Visitor Connection, Congregational Assimilation and Care, Community Outreach and Partnering
Cyndi Perry

Cyndi Perry joined the Restoration staff in early 2019. Before moving into vocational ministry, Cyndi worked for over 20 years in the legal community both in private practice and in the NYS Supreme Court as a judicial secretary. Through God’s leading in 2017, she took a leap of faith, left her career, and began working with various pregnancy resource centers in the WNY area. Most recently, she was part of the team at CompassCare Buffalo, a newly launched pregnancy care ministry. Cyndi is a native Buffalonian, having grown up in the Riverside section of the city. Through a life redeemed and personal experiences, the Lord has given Cyndi a strong passion and a tender heart to share the gospel with women, men and families who need hope. She loves Buffalo and cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Cyndi and her husband Ron met and married in 2003 and through God’s grace had their son, Benjamin. They also are blessed to have two adult daughters, Rachel and Madeline. The Perry family loves baseball (especially the Yankees), spending quality time together, and traveling to Florida to visit family. Ron and Cyndi have been members of Restoration Church since 2014. They are grateful to be part of the Restoration family and to actively serve in the daily life of the church.

John Myers

Student Ministry Director

John Myers

John Myers grew up in Springville, NY and now lives in Amherst with his beautiful wife Megan.  John has been involved with the para-church ministry Young Life since he was a freshman in High School. He has been a participant, a volunteer leader, and for the past four years, a staff member.

John has a passion for young people to know the Lord. He is excited about the partnership between Restoration Church and Young Life because both share the desire for students to experience the restoration of the Gospel. John loves the local church and feels blessed to be here at Restoration with his wife.

Jen Jackson

Children's Ministry

Jen Jackson

Jen has always had a heart and inclination for working with children. From an early age she looked for opportunities to care for and be creative with kids. She found enjoyment in teaching children and helping others and decided to pursue a career in Speech and Language Pathology at The College of Wooster in Ohio. In College, God reached Jen on a personal level through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While attending the University at Buffalo (UB) for Graduate school, Jen coached high school soccer and served middle school age students at The Chapel at Crosspoint. It was at the Chapel where Jen met Craig and they were married in 2006. Upon graduation, Jen became a nationally certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologist and NYS licensed Teacher. Over the next six years Jen worked in various settings helping children overcome their communication challenges.

Jen and Craig were part of the launch team for The Chapel at Elmwood, where Jen worked with a team of volunteers to develop the children’s ministry. Soon after, Jen and Craig found themselves at Restoration Church in 2009 when Jen regularly served with the children. In 2012, God blessed Jen the opportunity to stay home with her two young girls and left her job as a Speech Pathologist. Jen and Craig now have three children; Callie, Ellery, and Brody. Combining her passions in helping children communicate, being creative, and sharing God with others, Jen is thrilled to take on the role of Children’s Ministry Director. Her hope is to make an impact on the children of Restoration Church and to equip them to go into the world sharing the love of Christ.

Terri Saathoff

Business Administrator

Terri Saathoff

Terri grew up in Texas but moved to Buffalo in 1991 when her husband Rob was called to pastor Community of Grace. She has a heart to see the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrate broadly throughout the Western New York community. She considers it a privilege and a gift from God to be able to serve the Restoration staff in gospel mission and ministry.