Disclaimer: Only messy people are here at Restoration Southside. If you have all the answers and no problems, you may not be comfortable with us. Otherwise, we'd love to have you join us.

Our goal is simple, we want to help you get right with God, your relationships, and the world around you. If you are like us, you spend a fair amount of time confused, worried, and frustrated about life. Bring all of it with you because we believe God cares about it all! Even better, through Christ, he's helping us discover truth, peace, grace, and joy.

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who we are

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what we believe

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where we are

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what to expect


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Jared has been a pastor for almost 10 years. Most recently, he spent 6 years working at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he loved serving on the pastoral team. Jared is married to Erin, and they have 5 amazing kiddos. Jared and Erin met in college, and after getting married moved to Jared’s hometown of St. Louis, where Jared received a Master of Divinity in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2009.

Formative experiences have included a missions trip to Haiti at age 17, marrying Erin and becoming a father, and serving at LMPC as both a youth group volunteer, a pastoral intern, and finally a minister. Influential voices in Jared's life include his parents, his sister Sarah, Bryan Chapell, Jerram Barrs, Joe Novenson, Len Teague, and authors Brennan Manning and Henri Nouwen. Jared's favorite books are Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell, The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, The Prodigal God and The Reason for God by Tim Keller, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Jared's free time is full of trying new restaurants with Erin, watching and playing soccer with his sons, spoiling his only daughter, marveling at his twin baby boys, grilling and eating red meat, laughing hard with friends, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, playing tennis (liveball to be specific), and marathons...on Netflix.

Favorite Restaurants: Alleia and Champy’s.
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Director of Mission & Ministry

Ben is the Director of Mission & Ministry at Restoration Southside where he connects with the city, connects with those at Restoration, and connects those at Restoration with the city. Ben grew up in Nashville and came to Chattanooga for college, where he met and married the best thing from Florida, Anne Charlotte, who works for a inner-city soccer ministry on the Southside. They spend their time with their hound dog, June, enjoying Chattanooga's food scene, and running on the Riverwalk.

Favorite Restaurant: Clyde's.
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Worship Coordinator

Sammie is the Worship Coordinator at Restoration Southside Church where she oversees the creation, leadership, and administration of worship and music ministries for Restoration. She grew up as the youngest of 5 children in rural Pennsylvania, a place that still has her heart. She came to Chattanooga to attend Covenant College where she studied music with a concentration in vocal performance. She is currently the Site Director and Choir Director at East Lake Expression Engine, a music education non-profit that uses music as a tool to share the gospel and foster social change. In her spare time she watches Parks and Rec and secretively reads Young Adult Fiction.

Favorite Restaurant: Changes often, but currently Miss G's Tortas Y Tamales
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Church Administrator

Elizabeth is the Church Administrator at Restoration Southside where she supports the rest of the staff and church members by caring for the behind the scenes operations. As a previous elementary school teacher, she has really good handwriting, can whip out a serious "teacher voice," and loves people, big and small.

Favorite Restaurant: Il Primo
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Nursery and Children’s Coordinator

Wally is the Nursery and Children’s Coordinator at Restoration Southside where she gets to ensure that the children are included in our church as whole people. She was born and raised in Chattanooga, went to college here, and loves the city dearly. She spends her time at Restoration planning nursery and children’s worship, coordinating volunteers, and getting to connect different parts of the church body through Children’s Ministry. She believes that the connectedness found in this area of ministry is a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God, and is thrilled to have a chance to serve the city by coordinating it.

Favorite Restaurant: Taqueria Jalisco!



We are currently holding worship services at the Peyton Venue on Broad Street
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Before the world or the Bible existed, God existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three eternal persons are one God, each worthy of our worship. They have eternally loved each other and invite us to share in their love.


We can only know God’s purpose and plan to restore us because of the Bible. The Bible is true because the One who gave it to us is true.


God sent Christ so people like us could be restored to Him. Restoration is not a do-it-yourself project. Instead, God does all the work. This is good but humbling news we always need to hear!


We believe in the importance of the church. It is God’s workshop, where he uses tools like prayer, friendship, preaching, and sacraments to mend us into his likeness.


Relationships, work, art, money, and everything else matters. God isn’t just interested in what we do on Sunday. He’s interested in restoring every aspect of our lives.


Churches are like people, no two are exactly the same. What should you expect when you visit Restoration Southside?


Everything is straightforward , from the space to our worship. Our desire is to be clear to all who are trusting us with their time.


We like people, a lot. Don’t worry about how you’re dressed or whether you know all the words to the songs. If you’re introverted, we’re not going to make you stand up and say anything. We think people are amazing and want to treat you like the amazing person you are.


You probably have questions about the Christian faith and what it all means. Terrific. Bring them. We’re truth seekers and invite you to join us in our journey.