pastoral staff

Paul Aragon

lead pastor

Paul arrived at Restoration Church in 2010 with a twenty-year plan for bringing Scripture-centered teaching and practical outreach to the Fountain Valley community. Having been born and raised in southern Colorado, he earned a Church Ministries degree from Southeastern University and a Masters of Theology from Fuller Seminary and came to Restoration with past experience in youth ministry, as a church planter and lead pastor. Beyond his role at the church, Paul is also involved in community leadership with the Fountain Urban Renewal Association. Paul’s wife, Melanie, leads Women’s Ministries at Restoration, and together they are raising three children.

John White

pastoral care 

John, has served as Lead Pastor and in various aspects of ministry for over forty years and shows no sign of slowing down.  He graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, MO and is a member of the International Association of Biblical Counselors with professional experience in premarital, marital and crisis counseling. John coordinates water baptisms along with Restoration’s hospital & homebound visitation ministry. His wife Linda assists with counseling, and together they oversee classes offered through Restoration Church University.

Andy Davenport

media pastor

Andy’s infectious enthusiasm and millennial perspective are as valuable to the staff and church at large as his savvy tech skills. He grew up at Restoration Church and served in the children’s and youth ministry from a young age. After graduating high school, he spent a year interning with the staff and received his credentials as a certified pastor in 2018. Now on staff full time, Andy oversees the church’s media and web connections while also finding time to explore new places, watch sports and enjoy his favorite drink—coffee.

Austin Rains

youth pastor

Austin is an energetic and passionate pastor’s kid from Kansas. He attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Church Leadership, as well as a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. In 2017, Austin became a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God. Before coming to Restoration Church, Austin served as a Youth Pastor in North-central Arkansas. In his free time. Austin enjoys the outdoors, reading, watching Netflix,  and going on adventures with his wife, Taylor. 

Taylor Rains

children’s pastor

Taylor is passionate about the next generation, leadership and discipleship. At Southwestern Assemblies of God University she met her husband, Austin and obtained a Bachelor’s in Church Leadership and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. She became a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God in 2017. Before coming on staff at Restoration Church, she served for 2 years as the Children’s Pastor in North-central Arkansas. Taylor enjoys creating content for her YouTube channel, writing music, spending time in the outdoors and enjoying time with her husband, friends and family.

 

support staff

 
russ roux
church administrator

Not many things slip by Russ’s keen observation and input. He began serving as church administrator in July, 2017, after many years as a church greeter. His skills help relieve the pastoral staff of many administrative distractions, and he’s proud to be one of two experienced septuagenarians currently serving on staff. Together with his wife, Kathy, Russ oversees the church’s altar prayer ministry.

 
tawni just
church accountant

Tawni found just the right ministry to match her talents when she stepped into the role of accountant at Restoration Church in 2014. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from UMUC, she’s happily in her element when sorting columns of numbers and crunching data. Hobbies, you ask? She’ll say, who needs them. Tawni has been attending Restoration Church since 2010. She and her husband, JJ, have three sons.

 
nicole livesay-townsend
administrative assistant

Nicole is likely to be the first person you talk to when you call the church office or step in the front door. She’s been attending Restoration Church since 2015 and was drawn to the connections and fellowship she encountered in Women’s Ministry. Besides her office duties and service as a notary public, she also regularly volunteers in the Children’s Ministries department. You might also encounter her in line at Restoration Coffee.

crystal digregorio
coffee shop director 

Crystal enthusiastically shares her love for Jesus with the world in every way she can. As director of the coffee shop since 2016, she’s been instrumental in the development of this vibrant, self-sustaining outreach that gives back to the community one cup at a time. Crystal is mom to two growing teens and is happily married to Greg since 2001.