Restoration Family Church is non-denominational, Spirit-filled church serving the purpose of Christ in Poughkeepsie, NY. We are a church plant out of Living Hope Family Church in Tucson, AZ.
We are casual and personal, and we have a come-as-you-are atmosphere. We don’t care what you look like, and neither does God (1 Sam. 16:7). We strive to have an atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly, yet spiritually uplifting and challenging.
We are a new church in Poughkeepsie (started in 2015), and so we are smaller in size, but God has given us a big vision for the city. We know that God has a plan for the city of Poughkeepsie, and for each and every person who lives here.
Pastor Jeff and Lauren have a long history in ministry, and both have dreamed for many years of starting a church, and gathering together a group of earnest believers to seek the Lord. Discussions about being sent out to plant a church began as early as 2011, but it was in the Fall of 2013, following a season of intensified prayer, that God began to speak more clearly and with more urgency to Jeff and Lauren, and placed in their hearts a desire to start a work in New York state. After confirming the call with their pastor, Mike Petzer, they began to pray more earnestly, to research and to make preparations.
In 2014, Jeff and Lauren visited New York, with their two small children, and traveled through several cities in the Hudson Valley region, praying for God’s direction. As they drove through Poughkeepsie, they began to feel an excitement and anticipation for what God could do, and felt the Holy Spirit giving them a love and passion for the city and its people. Jeff and Lauren were convinced that God was indeed calling them to Poughkeepsie, NY. Upon returning home to Tucson, Arizona, Jeff and Lauren began preparations for their cross-country move. With the support of their Mother Church, Living Hope Family Church, the Rossman family set out in the Spring of 2015 to relocate to Poughkeepsie, NY to plant a church for the glory of God.
Since arriving in New York, the Rossman family has connected with several ministries and Pastors in Poughkeepsie and the surrounding regions, and with their help and the help of the Holy Spirit, they have begun to spread the Gospel message on the streets of Poughkeepsie. In August 2015, the Pastors opened their home for a Bible Study, and began holding Sunday services the following November, also in their home.