Our Story

Where we’ve come from

In 2006, David and Laurel Hanke moved, sight unseen, into a rental home in North Arlington in order for David to begin work as a young pastor in a local church. They enrolled their oldest child in the elementary school a few blocks away.

That house and that school were two of the seeds from which Restoration grew. Over the next several years, David and Laurel found that they had fallen in love with their neighbors, their kids’ friends, and their kids’ friends’ families. They also found that very few of them had a deep friendship with God. They began to dream about starting a church where these people might come —and might come to follow Jesus.

In the summer of 2008, David and Laurel began hosting monthly prayer gatherings for folks who were curious about planting a church in Arlington. We prayed that God would give us a presence east of Glebe Road, north of Wilson Boulevard, close to Washington-Lee High School, and with access to the Orange Line corridor. The opportunity to worship at Trinity Baptist Church, at 1815 North Quincy Street, was God’s clear answer to those prayers. After two years of renting, we were able to purchase that property. We knew that it was under-sized for the scope of our vision. But we had looked at dozens of other opportunities around Arlington County, and none of them came close to providing what that current facility did in terms of location, price, and access for use.

None of us could have imagined what has happened there over the last four years. More than 450 people, including nearly 100 children, worship at Restoration each week. More than that, so many lives have been transformed, so much brokenness has been healed, and so many people have fallen in love with and chosen to follow Jesus.

We unequivocally feel called to our place on North Quincy Street; it has been God’s provision to us. So we are embarking on a building project to expand our physical space. We are excited to see what God will do as we create this place for Restoration.

Our Name

Restoration Anglican Church. It’s a name we chose carefully, and we think it says a lot about who we are and what we believe:

  • Restoration:  The Bible promises that Jesus is coming back as King to restore all things and to reconcile all things to God. He is bringing a new heavens and a new earth. In those last days, there will be a judgment and a separation. Truth will be vindicated. We will receive beauty for ashes. The broken will be bound up. The devastations of many generations will be repaired. Tears will be wiped away. What we believe about Jesus’ coming reign also influences how we live in this present time. It affects our priorities, our relationships, our materialism, our generosity—everything. We are a church compelled by God’s project of restoration.
  • Anglican:  We are part of the multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-cultural Anglican Communion that is historically rooted in the English Reformation. Specifically, we are a parish of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic in the Anglican Church in North America. Our Anglican identity also shapes who we are liturgically. We want to express the hallmarks of Anglican liturgy—dignity, historicity, and transcendence—in our worship.
  • Church:  We are not just a community, a chapel, a service agency, or a group of friends. We are a gathering of God’s people, the worldwide body of Christ. In the New Testament, we see that God chooses to gather Christians into discrete local congregations under the servant leadership of deacons, presbyters, and bishops. It is as a church that God chooses to use us to serve the world and to grow us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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