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.