Dave Hoskins

lead pastor

Some people think that pastors live on a different plane of existence than “regular” folk. I’d like to let you in on a secret. I am painfully ordinary. I am just a man who has been transformed by an encounter with a loving and gracious God. As a teenager, I knelt at an altar at a Southern Missouri youth camp and surrendered my life to Jesus. That one decision has made all the difference in the world. As I experienced the grace and beauty of Jesus, I became consumed with the desire to share the love and forgiveness that I had found with as many people as possible. That was the birth of God’s call on my life. 

In 1990, I made one of the smartest decisions of my life (second only to my decision to follow Jesus). It was the decision to marry my wife, Julie, and I’m still not sure how I tricked her into marrying me. Julie has become my confidant, my encourager, my shoulder to cry on, and my partner in ministry. After twelve years of marriage, we didn’t think we were going to be able to have any children. But in 2002, we were “surprised” by the birth of our oldest daughter, Erin. Our youngest daughter, Abby, arrived nearly four years later. Being a husband and a father has taught me more about God’s love than all of the books I have read put together. 

My family and I are on a quest to know Jesus deeply and to follow him wholeheartedly. That journey has led through Missouri, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, and South Carolina. In 2018, the road took another turn as we felt the leading of God to move to Marion to become the pastor of Restoration Life Church. I can’t think of anything that would bring more joy into my life than leading this great church into the future that God has planned for it. I invite you to join us on our journey. It may not always be easy, but it will be worth it.

getting to know pastor dave

What are some things that you love to do? 

My favorite thing to do is to hang out with family and friends. Nothing is as fulfilling as being with people. Other than that, I love watching movies, eating good food, and laughing until I cry. I enjoy tinkering around with just about any kind of technology. (Geek alert!) I love learning new things.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? 

I've always wanted to go to Australia and Ireland, but I would love to travel just about anywhere in the world. I love experiencing new cultures and trying new things. (Like the time I tried balut when I was in Manila. Google it.)

What is your favorite food? 

That's a tough one because food is my favorite meal. I love good barbecue, a perfectly grilled, medium-rare ribeye steak, and Mexican food. Is anybody else suddenly hungry?

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? 

There are so many moments from which to choose! I remember an incident from before I met my wife. I was with some friends at Burger King and I was trying to look "cool" in front of a pretty girl I had just met. As I was pretending to be suave, I casually lifted my cup to take a drink of my Coke. As I did so, the straw went halfway up my nose before I even felt it. I never saw that girl again. (Much to the relief of both of us, I'm sure.)

What keeps you motivated? 

One of my personal goals is to die empty. What I mean by that is that I don't want to finish this life and stand before God and say, "I could have done more. I had more to give." I want to stand in His presence on that day and be able to say, "I have nothing more to give. I gave all I had." That keeps me moving forward when I'm worn out or discouraged. Another thing that keeps me motivated is my strong belief that there are no “throw-away” people. God wants to use our church to make His message of hope and forgiveness known to people who are hurting. I really believe that the best is yet to come and if we’ll keep pressing into Jesus, He will do something beyond our wildest dreams.