Kevin Marshall

30_MarshallsI cannot remember not trusting in Jesus. So maturing in my faith has been more slow growth (in fits and starts) than drama. One memorable stage was attending my first Anglican church, many years ago. Weekly communion was new, as was a liturgy. I found myself enthralled by watching the parishioners respond to the retelling of the Gospel by lining up to receive the bread and wine. Another stage was marrying Heidi (and then adding four daughters, now 13, 9, 8, and 6), which has rubbed my nose in my selfishness and taught me new depths of love, received and given. I have come more to live out my faith with others, rather than just in my head, by myself. But it’s a process.

Heidi and I love worshipping at Restoration with our girls, amid friends, as the focus of our Sabbath. I am in the rotation for verger and prayers of the people, and have served on the building team since late 2016. Since signing the Big Green Book in early 2015, Heidi and I have hosted and led small groups in most trimesters; we share a passion for the discipleship of children, so have included kids in our Evening Prayer and Bible discussion. (Interesting.) Hosting home groups has been part of trying to use our home for the mission of the church. We moved there in mid-2015 to (among other things) have more space to host (including extended guests) and to be able to walk to the Elbert Ave. outpost of Restoration members in north Alexandria.

I have served on a vestry, while at the Anglican church we attended before Restoration. I like to think I contributed to our remaining united during an intense time, along with doing the ordinary work of chairing committees, setting (tight) budgets, and seeking wise bylaws. I’ve also chaired the diocese’s constitution and canons committee. My work as an attorney—now at a firm in D.C., previously in the U.S. Department of Justice and as a judicial clerk—also has forced me to learn judgment, discretion, awareness of others’ interests, and the ability to use words carefully, clearly, and persuasively. I hope all that can be useful as we seek to grow together.

Restoration’s passion to carry out the full Great Commission—making disciples, here and beyond, and teaching them—inspires me. In an increasingly alien culture, Christians are, as said in a passage that our vision statement cites, being “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Eph. 4:14) I am excited to join the vestry in building steady boats and inviting all kinds to get in.

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