Leigh McAfee

I’m so grateful to be part of Restoration Anglican Church and am humbled to serve on the vestry. I’ve been part of this community since 2010 and firmly believe that the name Restoration is no misnomer. In my time here God has worked through the liturgy, sermons, songs, prayer, art, Scripture, the Eucharist (which upon receiving makes me tear up each time), and his people to restore me to Himself.

Originally from Texas, I found my way to Arlington by way of college in PA where I first encountered an Anglican church plant. It was at Grace Anglican Church in Slippery Rock, PA that I first felt as though I could be fully myself and fully loved by God. The first time I walked into Restoration’s doors I thought, “This feels like Grace. This feels like home.” So I stayed.

During my time here I’ve been part of many of the aspects of our church. I’ve led several adult small groups and have happily shown up on Sundays at 8:30 am for the past three years to teach curious, delightful kids that, “God knows them, is crazy about them, and goes with them everywhere!” I’ve gone to West Asia twice, co-leading one trip and leaving part of my heart there. I serve as a liturgical volunteer and at after service prayer, though praying for others really ministers to me just as much as through me. I lead an AFAC group each summer and have spoken at Women Unscripted and the women’s retreat. I currently serve on the Church Plant Steering Team.

By day I’m a fundraiser and manager of people which sharpens my empathy and ability to think through an experience from a user’s perspective. I value listening to my team and approaching problems by taking into consideration all stakeholders’ voices in order to find an acceptable and good path forward.

In the summer of 2016, God provided a way for me to move into the Chirilagua neighborhood on the Arlington/Alexandria border where I count many Restoration members as neighbors. Casa Chirilagua connected me with a girl in our neighborhood who I get the privilege of mentoring. When I’m not in my neighborhood, at work, or at Restoration, you can usually find me visiting my 5 adorable nephews and nieces in Alabama, sabaathing in Shenandoah, or traveling – sometimes with unexpected layovers in West Asia that you should ask me about the next time you see me.

I pray that God will keep our vestry humble with attentive hearts and ears to His leading. I pray that God will bring more people to know His great love and grace through Restoration and new church plants. I pray that He will continue to restore broken people to Himself. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm 115:!

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