Restoration Project is a songwriting and recording collaborative dedicated to writing new hymns and restoring old, taking old hymn texts and poems and writing new music and melodies for them.
Restoration Project‘s core consists of a handful of songwriters and musicians who live all over the country. We’re committed for the long haul. Along the way, we invite our friends with, too – to contribute musically to our recordings, share our songs, contribute financially to our work, and pray for us. Want join us? Host a hymn-sing and invite us to lead it, buy a record on iTunes, or contribute monthly to our work.
Ultimately, the main goals of Restoration Project are to glorify God, edify the church, and share Jesus with those around us. (Read a bit more in our Core Beliefs post.) We seek to live these out in numerous ways; but for us, we feel uniquely blessed by God with the privilege of giving the church beautiful, new songs to sing – songs you can sing on the subway, in your living room, or with your local congregation. Those who are a part of Restoration Project have discovered what many other hymn-writers around the world have:
There is an outstanding, historic catalog of beautiful Christian texts that most individuals comprising the Church will never hear in their lifetimes.
Though not Scripture, these words, when set properly to music, can lift our hearts in praise of God, as melody and harmony intertwine with Gospel-infused lyrics.
We want our recordings to engage and attract people and share with them the joy that we have in Jesus. This one is pretty simple. We want you to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to take a listen to our songs or check out one of our hymn-sing events. We want to live out what Jesus has commanded us in Matthew 28:18-20.
Restoration Project started in 2007 as an off-shoot ministry of College Church in Wheaton’s College Group, under the direction of College Pastor Jay Thomas.
The following is a list of a few people who have been a major part of what Restoration Project is today: Cole A., Tim A., Lisa Batchelder, Brock Bobbitt, Agnes Chen, Jared Cochrum, Josh Cutherell, Kathryn Eggert, Megan E., Andrew Fulton, Daniel Hautamaki, Andrew Hopkins, Marissa Hunt, David Jordan, Lora Libby, Chet Mancini, Jay Mathes, Rebecca McFarland, Megan Mkrtschjan, Michael Mkrtschjan, Brian Picken, Phil Rau, Jason S., Dannie Seaman, Ben Shivers, Tim Smile, Clara Stam, Gary Stanton, Eric Strong, Jonathan S., Andrew Tebbe, Donna Van Cott, Kara Vance, Jake Wegner, Paige Winfield, and Jason Young.
Looking ahead, we are particularly sensitive to our need to create a sustainable ministry which will allow us to write and record album after album after album. If you haven’t done so already, please consider buying any number of our available products to help support us in this cause. Or, you can set up a recurring, monthly gift. You can visit our webstore for more information.
Restoration Project is not yet a registered not-for-profit, but we’d like to move in that direction, as the project continues to grow by God’s grace.
Soli Deo Gloria.