The Rev. David Martin Hanke


DH8I grew up in Virginia, spending a lot of years in Williamsburg (elementary and middle school, then back for the College of William and Mary).  In 1994, I moved to Texas and worked for ten 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 what it means to have a relationship with God.  My goal was to develop leaders who multiplied themselves into others and to build multi-ethnic communities that revealed the reconciliation power of the Gospel.

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, we 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.

Random Affections

The Obitts Ride (TM pending)  I love these guys.  We bike every Saturday morning at 6:30am from the Lee Heights Starbucks.

13.1 miles  It’s the perfect distance—  my house to the Washington Monument and back.

5:00-7:00am  The kids are still asleep (mostly).  I’m holding hot coffee, staring out the window, praying through my day, talking myself into exercise.

Restoration Peeps.  We call them Restos.  I never thought I could have so much fun being a pastor.

Ben and Jerry’s ‘Chubby Hubby‘  Pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate.  Are you kidding me?

Coaching little people soccer  Goals a plenty.  Lots of high fives.  And a critical concern with after-game snacks.

Longhorn Football  Some years you have Colt McCoy.  Some years you have Case.  There is no bigger stage.

Jimmy Mills, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby  Especially when they are all on stage together.  To be honest, I’ve had the same playlist for almost 20 years.  I never get tired of ‘em.  But you don’t want me to be the DJ on a road trip.

Roof Racks  Really.  The site of 2 wheels on the top of your car always makes me do a second take.

Eugene Peterson  He is the writer who convinced me that God is always moving first and never forgets to hold the universe together.  His thoughts on the pastor as ‘harpooner’ literally changed my life.

“To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooners of this world must start to their feet out of idleness, and not out of toil.”

Andy Stanley  inspires me every time he speaks.  Bill Hybels is the leader who would get the most out of me as an employee.  Patrick Lencioni helps me understand the mysteries of organizational leadership.

I alphabetize my books by author.  Interpret what this means about me as you will.

Life always feels very full but never boring.  And I always have time for a conversation about Jesus, really hard questions, heartache, and hope.  Those conversations are what I do.

“At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him. BUT WE SEE HIM…” (Hebrews 2:8-9)  That’s it.  That’s my whole theology and understanding of life.  We endure to the end, in the power of the Spirit, waiting for Jesus to make all things new, to the glory of God.

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