Josh Yerton - Lead Pastor
Josh Yerton and his wife Jen made the leap to full-time ministry after 5 years in the corporate engineering world. After three years for theology/ministry training and 6 years into an associate pastor role in Kansas City, the Yertons were invited to become part of Orchard Hills Church (up in Botetourt) with the intent of launching Restoration Church in Salem. What started out as a 3-year schedule for launch (their plan) was quickly cut in half (God's plan!), as they began meeting with the core team that would become Restoration within their first few months in the Valley. Josh is passionate and excited about almost everything, from college basketball (KU Jayhawks) to HGTV (#shiplap!) to foster care and adoption. But he comes alive as a pastor and teacher, helping people find the life Jesus invites us into.
The Yertons have been married since 2000, and we have added four great kids to the family (Lucas, Tessa, Conner, and Sarah). Jen is a physical therapist (part-time), is a stay-at-home mom (all the time), and serves on the advisory council for Roanoke County DSS.
Director of Operations and Connections
Kayla Willis has been coming to Restoration since our first Sunday launch in 2012. Though she isn't Salem born and bred, as a student at Roanoke College she quickly claimed this community as her own when she became a Young Life leader at Salem High School. After graduating with a degree in Communication Studies in 2014 she fell in love with the Roanoke Valley and decided to stay around. During the following two years Kayla found herself working as the Director of Communications for the Lutheran Bishop of Virginia. Over a meal at Mac and Bobs in the beginning of 2016, God began to call Kayla towards working at Restoration and in the Summer of that year, she came on staff as the Director of Operations and Connections. She often says that her job is to help things run and help people become friends.
Roanoke College has always captured Kayla's heart and now she get to help students learn more about Jesus and live into the awesome life that he has for them through Young Life. Kayla recently married Jonathan Willis and they both live in Roanoke.
Kaitlin Applegate - Office Administrator
Kaitlin Applegate is a graduate of Salem High School and the University of Mary Washington where she was a leader for Young Lives, a ministry for teen moms. After graduating she moved back to Salem where she continued ministry with Young Life but this time with middle schoolers of Andrew Lewis. In the summer of 2017 she married her middle school sweetheart, Justin, and this year they welcomed baby Beckett into the world! When Kaitlin isn't busy being a mom and helping us run Restoration, you can find her managing Stonegate Pools in the summer and loving on middle school girls at Wyldlife.
Scott Habeeb is a member of the Teaching Team and Steering Team at Restoration. Scott is the Principal at Salem High School and serves as the Committee Chair for YoungLife. Scott is married to Julie (our Restoration Kids leader) and they have four kids and one grandson.
Matt Fleenor is a math and physics professor at Roanoke College and a member of the Steering Team at Restoration. He is passionate about showing college students the life that Jesus has for them. You'll often find him, his wife Marianne, and their three kids opening up their home to young adults.
Jeff Lakin is the Area Director for Young Life, an incredible para-church ministry to students. Jeff serves on the Teaching Team and Steering Team at Restoration. He and his wife Ashlee (who is one of our worship leaders) live in Salem and have three crazy boys.
Jason Debord a member of the Steering Team at Restoration. Jason is a local business owner/operator, but his real gifts and passions are reserved for the outdoors, NASCAR, Restoration CaveRats softball, and helping men get connected...usually through the outdoors, NASCAR or CaveRats softball! Jason is married to Marty and they have two great kids.
Tad Fisher is passionate about...everything! Tad is on our Steering Team and Teaching Team, as well as helping to lead our Men's Ministry. Tad is a securities counsel at Third Security in Radford, Va and lives in Salem with his wife Shelly and their four kids.
Martha Chester is a member of the Steering Team at Restoration. Martha is the president of Hughes Associates Architects & Engineers. She and her husband Tom have raised four kids together and when Tom isn’t out woodworking, they love playing cards or board games together.