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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.