Restoration City was planted in October of 2014 by a team of people committed to seeing spiritual, relational and cultural restoration in our nation’s capital. Since then, we’ve seen God turn that vision into reality as our community has grown significantly. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to Jesus and His message - we really do believe that the gospel changes everything!
John has the incredible privilege of serving as the Lead Pastor of Restoration City.
Originally from Syracuse, New York, John first came to Washington, D.C. as a college student. It was during his junior year at Georgetown that he discovered the beauty of the gospel and became a follower of Jesus. Since then, John has had a passion to see others come to know Jesus and follow Him with their lives. After spending seven years leading a college ministry, and three as the teaching pastor of a young adult ministry, John completed a one year church planting residency with The Summit Church prior to planting Restoration City.
John and his wife, Laura, have been married since 2010 and have two sons, Jack and Aidan, and a daugher, Emma. They currently live in Annandale.
Dan was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from Bethel University before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005 to pursue a career in politics. His first four years in DC were focused on assisting in various campaigns and elections. During that season of life, Dan experienced a greater understanding of the gospel that transformed his life. His passion shifted from politics to helping others know the love, grace, and restoration found in Jesus. After spending three years leading a short-term missions program at a local church, Dan joined Laura and John McGowan in the planting of Restoration City Church in 2014.
Dan serves as the Director of Operations for the church. He and his wife, Twila, were married in 2016 and have a daughter named Elliana and a son named Peter. They currently live in Alexandria.
Heather grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University with a major in Marketing. She accepted Christ into her life in elementary school but started to truly pursue the Lord while attending The Village Church after college. She moved to the Washington DC area in 2014 and spent 5 years working in marketing at a large consulting firm. She was a part of the Restoration City Launch Team and joined the staff team in May 2019 as the Communications Manager.
Heather and her husband Tyler were married in 2014 and have two daughters, Caroline and Hannah.
Bob grew up on the coast of Virginia, raised by parents who modeled a relationship with Jesus and led him to faith in Christ when he was young. He attended Virginia Tech where he pursued a degree in Engineering. While there, he was active in a campus ministry and experienced God restoring people’s lives in the midst of tragedy. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a career as a government consultant, building cost estimates. Seeking a church family with a mission to reach the local community, Bob and his wife, Emily, joined Restoration City Church soon after it planted. They recently welcomed their first child, Liam.
Originally from Guatemala City, German Gomez grew up in the city of New Orleans where he attended Tulane University. After moving back to his hometown, German started a 20-year career in language and teacher education working as the Academic Director at institutions in Guatemala and South Korea and completing an MA in Project Management in Spain. His current job in managing education programs for a non-profit organization brought him and his wife, Paola, to DC at the end of 2015.
German came to Christ in 2000 and has, since then, experienced God’s love and mercy serving Him as an elder and pastor in Guatemala City and in Daegu, South Korea. He and his wife are passionate about serving the Latino community in Arlington.
Adam was born and raised in foothills of the North Carolina mountains in a strong Christian family and is the youngest of three brothers. He holds two degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA – History and Urban Planning; MBA – Real Estate and Finance). In middle school, Adam accepted Christ into his life, however, it was after college that Adam came to experience the true redemptive grace Christ’s love. Since graduating college, Adam has worked in real estate investments and development, overseeing projects across the east coast and Texas. His current role brought Adam and his wife, Marissa, to the DC area in 2014, right as Restoration City Church was being planted.
They recently welcomed their first child, Alex.
Restoration City Church exists for the spiritual, relational, and cultural restoration of Washington, DC through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Restoration City Church was planted as part of the Summit and SEND Networks. As a Southern Baptist Church, we use the 2001 Baptist Faith and Message as our official doctrinal statement.