The Rev. David Martin Hanke
I grew up in Virginia, spending a lot of years in Williamsburg (elementary and middle school, then back for college at William and Mary). After I graduated in 1994, I moved to Texas and worked for 10 years with students at The University of Texas at Austin. A lot of those years were spent in coffee shops talking about hard questions and how to have a relationship with God. My goal was to develop leaders who lead others and to build multi-ethnic communities that partner in mission.
In 2004, my family and I headed to the North Shore of Boston so I could complete my Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. During seminary we worshiped at Christ Episcopal Church and fell in love with the three streams (evangelical, charismatic, catholic) of historic Anglicanism.
In 2006, my family and I moved to Arlington so that I could work as an Assistant Rector at The Falls Church. A group of friends and I started praying in 2008 about starting a new church. That dream became Restoration on Jan 25, 2009. Here are my reflections on that first day.
Laurel and I got married in 1997. We have 4 kids: Macrae (’01), Bennett (’04), Helen (’07), and James Howard (’10). As a family we love bike riding, camping, going to the beach, reading stories, and playing lots of Uno and Monopoly.
- I love the fellas on my Saturday morning bike ride and racing triathlons.
- My 2 favorite hours of the day are 5-7am. You can often find me at the Washington Lee Aquatics center or Planet Fitness.
- The people of Restoration bring me so much joy.
- Ben and Jerry’s ‘Chubby Hubby‘: Pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate, are you kidding me?
- I love coaching ‘little people’ soccer.
- I plan my fall around UT football games.
- I think roof racks for bikes are hot.
- Eugene Peterson is the author who has most influenced me.
- I think a little too much about my bike.
- Nobody beats Andy Stanley as a visionary communicator, but I’ll read anything Bill Hybels writes.
- Life feels very full but never boring.
- I alphabetize my books by author.
- My whole theology and understanding of life can be summed up in this: “At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him. BUT WE SEE HIM…” (Hebrews 2:8-9)
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