Johanna Montague

JohannaMontagueMy husband Will, our three daughters, Charlotte, Hattie, and Eleanor and I are grateful to have called Restoration home since 2015. From the beginning, what has excited me about Restoration is its overall vision and how that vision plays out in the day-to-day life of our church. Through the Spirit, we are bringing people who are far from God into relationship with their Father. We are growing up in Christ together, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or any other distinction we might draw between each other. We are one in Christ and we proclaim Him. And, we grow together through being equipped. Our church is working and will work to grow us both individually and corporately and I am honored and humbled to be part of that process.

I am grateful to say that I was raised in a Christian home and remember believing in Jesus from a young age. My faith was something I took seriously but it wasn’t until college that I began to truly understand God’s grace. As a typical type-A only child, I really wrestled to understand that my sins were totally wiped away and instead fell into perfectionism and what amounted to works-based-salvation. During a somewhat tumultuous first year at UVA, I came to truly understand God’s grace and love for the first time and, thus, saw His forgiveness in a new manner. It was transformative for me and has become a marker in my faith of when I began to experience freedom in Christ and stop carrying the burdens of my sin.

Before staying home with our children, I worked for the University of Virginia planning their class reunions and working with their alumni communications team. While running an event for several thousand may not be a vestry duty, the logistics behind how an event like that happens, how to involve interested parties, and what effective communication looks like have been lasting skills. Prior to my time at UVA, I worked for Grace DC (located in Chinatown). Somewhat a woman of all trades managing their major ministries and events, I was on staff for and helped support their first church plant and then as they hired two new pastors in preparation for future plants. Grace gave me a behind the scenes look at what it is to run a church, how such ministries function both in concept and in practice, and what it is like to be part of a church staff.

Since joining Restoration, I have served in various capacities, including as a small group leader, as a member and leader of the Fall Retreat Planning Committee, and as an assistant to Louise and Jill with our meals ministry for new parents. I am grateful to continue serving at Restoration as part of the Vestry.

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