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Our team

Rick Herald

Lead Pastor |

Rick has been a pastor for 28 years, pastoring churches in Kansas City, Kansas, and High Springs, Florida. He came to Springfield, Missouri in 2004. Up until two years ago, he was the pastor of LifeQuest Church, but starting in June of 2017, he joined with long time friend and colleague to co-pastor a new church, Restoration Church.

Rick has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Mid America Nazarene College and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Rick believes that the integration of faith, the truth of God’s Word, and having a better understanding of our life-developing atmosphere and experiences can aid in discovering healing and wholeness of our mind, soul and spirit. This can lead to the restoration of life and hope for the individual and for their relationships.

Rick has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 30 years. They have two adult children. Katie is an elementary school teacher and married to Greg, a Children’s Pastor in Sikeston, Missouri. His son, Jonathan, is a student at Mid America Christian University in Oklahoma City preparing to become a Worship Pastor.

Rick enjoys spending time with his family at the lake and cheering for his beloved KC Royals and Chiefs. Rick’s greatest passion is seeing others come to discover God’s design for every aspect of their lives.

Johnny Phifer

Lead Pastor |

Faith was not a part of Johnny’s family or early life on a farm in Arkansas. But at age nineteen, sensing a need for more meaning in life, Johnny accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. From that point, the trajectory of his life changed.

Johnny graduated from Gulf-Coast Bible College, in Houston, Texas, with a BS Ministerial Degree. While in college, he was president of his class, preached in a downtown mission ministry, sang with a music group and preached in a variety of locations.

Johnny married his beautiful wife, Leslie, while in college. Together, they have three wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and six amazing grandsons.

Johnny is an ordained minister in the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. Prior to coming to pastor in Springfield in 2010, other ministries and experiences included: serving as a youth minister, leading state-wide youth ministries and various state-wide boards, leading a ministry of outreach and discipleship, pastoring churches in Oklahoma, Mississippi and in other cities in Missouri.

Johnny’s strong desire is to have an authentic, personal, growing relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and interaction with the Holy Spirit and, in turn, to help others come to faith and maintain a growing, life-changing relationship with God.

Melody Pantuso-Spoon

Director of Children’s Ministries |

Melody’s story of faith in Christ started as a child as she attended church regularly with her family in Florida. She made a decision to follow Christ as a child and was later called to serve in ministry. Melody was led to attend Central Bible College and received degrees in Missions and Children’s Ministries. She continued her education and received a Master’s degree in counseling at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and in school counseling at Evangel University.

After all of the years in school, Melody has learned that the greatest things are to always love the Lord (put Him first), love your family, and serve people!

Beau Mathiason

Worship Ministry |

Beau Mathiason was born and raised in the state of Montana, and played baseball while attending college.

He married Hannah in 2004 and have three children, Kaleb, Thelor and Paul.

The Mathiason family is part of Victory Academy in Seymour, MO. They moved to Missouri in 2016, and enjoy hobby farming with animals, gardens, etc.

Beau works with light and heavy construction equipment.

Beau believes that God has given him a gift for worship and prayerfully incorporates songs and scripture that will help the congregation worship the Lord in truth and beauty.

Connie Ghan

Administrative Assistant |

Connie was raised in a Christian home and gave her life to Christ at a young age. Her parents were very active in their local church and demonstrated to her in their lives a strong commitment to God, the Church and using God-given gifts and talents in serving.

She and her husband, Ron, have been married 49 years. They have 3 adult children, 2 wonderful daughters-in-law, a great son-in-law, 8 awesome grandchildren, and 5 amazing great-grandchildren.

While waiting on the adoption of their children, she realized that in order to raise 3 children to know and love Christ, she needed to fully commit her life to a growing relationship with Christ. Her desire is continue to stay green and growing in the Lord.

Connie has been active in the church for most of her adult years serving on praise teams, missions ministry, children’s ministry, and in many other areas of ministry.

Connie sees her employment with the church as part of her life’s ministry; serving the Lord, the church and the congregation.

Gary Arnall

Facility Administrator |

We Believe


Restoration Church is affiliated with the Church of God, Anderson, IN, and you can visit their website at to read about our core beliefs.

The Bible – is the expressed Word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:89-91; II Peter 1:20-21)

God – all-loving Creator of the Heavens and the earth, eternally exits in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1-2; 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6)

Jesus – is the eternal and second person of the Trinity. Though fully Divine, He became fully human. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He was crucified for crimes He didn’t commit, and through His resurrection, freed all people from the power of sin and death. He will return again, ushering in the eternal Kingdom of God. All who respond to the work and teachings of Jesus by a personal belief that issues forth in personal obedience to Jesus and His teachings will live forever with Him. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1; 12:44-45; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 4:15; Ephesians 5:2; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Salvation – a free gift from God, is God’s desire for all humanity to be in right relationship with Him. In turning from a self-centered life and turning to God and accepting the work Christ accomplished in His death and resurrection. One receives new and eternal life. (John 3:16-17; 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Timothy 2:4; I John 2:2)

The Holy Spirit – is the eternal and third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit continually draws men and women closer to God. Being marked by the Holy Spirit as children of God, believers are encouraged, transformed to be like Christ, convicted of sin and empowered to serve others. (John 14:16-17; 16:5-15; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 12:1-31; Galatians 5:22-23)

Unity – is essential to the body of believers, the Church. Though there are many expressions of the Church in our world, there is only one universal Church, made up of all who have received Jesus Christ as Lord. The Church exists to be the body of Christ in the world today. (Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-16)

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