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 daughter, 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 Executive Pastor 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.
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.
Nathan was raised by Christian parents on the Gulf Coast of Alabama where he learned the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus from a young age. He attended Troy University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA. After a few years working as a CPA in Destin, FL, he moved to Birmingham, AL where he met his wife, Lindsey, at a church small group shortly before joining the Air Force. Nathan and Lindsey discovered RCC by an invitation from an RCC member Lindsey met at a local dog park in 2017, and they have been members since. They have two girls, Olivia and Abigail, and a dog, Finley.