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The Restoration Movement

Restoration Project is a movement of awake men. We are not a method, message, product or person. We are committed to catalyzing men everywhere to ENGAGE – to dive deeply into their own stories, find healing in their souls, know God for who He truly is, and out of a place of strength and tenderness, restore the world.

Our Vision

We envision a world where men are men as God intended – where fatherlessness ceases to exist and the hearts of men are fully restored to God, family and community. We imagine a world where the inner wounds of men are healed, where men know God deeply and wildly, and where men move from an inner core of strength to restore God’s Kingdom to the world.

Our Mission

We are experience and resource architects, seeking ways to help men heal their wounds, know their God and restore their world. Our primary aim is to call men to the fullness of manhood in fatherhood, brotherhood and the protection of the exploited.

Our Staff

Chris Bruno

Chief Executive Officer

Jeremiah Callihan

Chief of Advancement

Greg Daley

Chief Experience Architect

Jesse French

Chief of Next Steps

Bart Lillie

Chief Advocate

Lisa Russell

Chief of Operations

Our Story

During the years of 1997-2007, while on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in the Middle East, our founder and CEO Chris Bruno worked closely with hundreds of men of all ages as they struggled to come to grips with their own stories and masculinity. These kitchen table conversations created in him a deep desire to help men live fully and freely as God intended.

 

From 2007-2010, Chris completed a MA in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, focusing his research and clinical experience on the masculine journey.

 

Deeply influenced by the training of Dr. Dan Allender and other like-minded authors and professors, Chris began to reframe the typical men’s literature from the 90’s that focused on sin management and Christian moralism into a journey of exploration, glory and freedom.

 

In 2007, Chris met Greg Daley, a pastor and outdoor experience enthusiast and expert. Together they imagined a ministry that would provide experiential space for men to combine critical content with a challenging context – a catalyst for relationship, reflection and restoration for the hearts of men. Initially starting with the flagship weekend experience called 2nd Adam: Adventures in Manhood, Chris and Greg officially founded Restoration Project (RP) in 2010.

 

Since then, God continued to mold and shape Restoration Project. He led further into the realm of intentional fathering and brothering, mostly out of our own stories as men seeking to honor him and be all He designed us to be. In 2013, Restoration Project published the first version of Brotherhood Primer and launched a movement of men who wanted to engage masculine friendships on deeper level. In 2014, when Chris Bruno published Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made, hundreds of other fathers caught the vision to intentionally raise their children through a rite of passage process. With increasing clarity and feedback, Restoration Project has found its niche in helping men be the fathers, brothers and protectors God designed them to be.

Our Directors

Shae McCowen

Board Chair

Shae has worked as COO for Scivation, VP of Merchandising for Backcountry.com and Target. He lives in North Carolina with his family of 5, all loving adventure, skiing and the outdoors.

Greg Daley

Founding Member

Greg and his wife Jessica own and operate their own small accounting firm, Xcelerate Business Solutions. They have four children, three of whom are wonderfully adopted.

J.Paul Fridenmaker

Secretary

J.Paul is a financial development consultant with Breakthru Partners, Chairman of the Board with React Services, world-traveler, lover of laughter and adventure.

Chris Bruno

Founding Member

Chris is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduate of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He also founded Restoration Counseling in Fort Collins, CO.

Our Advocates

In order to accomplish our vision and mission, we invite a small number of hand-selected men to be part of the company of voices that create, represent and advocate for Restoration Project. We call this the Restoration Project Grove.

 

Modeled after an aspen grove, we view the work of Restoration Project to be a collective effort, a movement of men across the globe who are deeply connected but individually important. These Advocates share our passion for Jesus’ restoration of men everywhere, and are willing, able and deeply committed to pursue God’s work in their own lives and stories. These men strive to live authentic, humble and honest lives of faith as they offer their perspectives on the masculine journey. All of us are messy, and yet we share in the hope that God is more gracious than we dare dream.

 

Current Advocates Include:

Jeremiah Callihan

Colorado Springs, CO

Justin Koehn

Spokane, WA

Jeff Ammons

Detroit, MI

Craig Glass

Monument, CO

Jamie Ramos

Lafayette, CO

Brad Grammer

Indianapolis, IN

Jonah Bryan

Fort Collins, CO

Terry Bohn

Fort Collins, CO

Ben Dinsmore

Fort Collins, CO

OUR STATUS

Restoration Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts and donations are therefore tax-deductible according to the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service. EIN: 27-3144717.

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