RESTORATION MINISTRIES' PASTORS
Pastor Gene Emerson
Gene Emerson shares the "joy of the Lord" in word and song in churches, city parks, prisons, or wherever opportunities are available. After winning a talent contest in the early 1970's and singing before an Oakridge Boy's concert, Gene ran from the call of God on his life for over 25 years. "That run" admits Gene, "has cost me dearly over the years." In recent years, Emerson has seen the power of God restore the things that life has taken from him. Emerson has sung and ministered at the Wyoming State Prison, Sweetwater County Detention Center, and the Honor Farm. He has also sung at "Celebrate Jesus" in Moab, UT., the Power of the Pavilion in Saratoga, Wyoming as well as various other outside events around the state. In the summer of 2001, Emerson toured with the Chariots of Light Christian Motorcycle Club on a 5-day tour of Montana, singing in several meetings conducted by Dr. Jerry Savelle, founder and president of Chariots of Light. In May of 2002, Emerson had the honor of singing at "Thunder Over Texas" at the Texas Motor Speedway, sponsored by the Chariots of Light. "It was so awesome to meet some of the great men of faith; Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis and be able to sing right before Jesse came up to preach on Saturday night," said Emerson. "But the most awesome thing was to be told that this was going over Sky Angel Satellite to about 88 prisons in 22 states." Emerson performed before a crowd of about 8,000 people while at the rally. After the bike rally in Texas, Gene went to Cameron, AZ to do his first full concert on the Navajo Indian Reservation. For the past several years Gene has ministered at the "Healing of the Nations" bike rally in Kayenta and Sedona, AZ. with Pastor Ellson Bennett, the founder of the rally.
With a variety of rock and country music in his blood, Emerson performs songs he has rewritten by Garth Brooks; "Friends in low places", Charlie Daniels; "Devil Went Down to Georgia", and Steppenwolf's; "Born to Be Wild". Emerson also does more traditional praise and worship songs in his concerts.
Gene has taken two plane rides, but no ordinary plane rides. These were "Life Flights" to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. The first was Easter day 2005 for a hemorrhagic stroke that Gene suffered. In 19 days, Gene was home recovering quickly by the power of God. On October 31, 2006, Gene was afflicted with a heart attack. He ended up having a quadruple bypass and was home four days after his surgery. Once again, God is so faithful!
Gene is the founder of 4joy Ministries, which is an outreach of Restoration Ministries, "The Biker Church" in Rock Springs, WY. He currently serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Restoration Ministries. He is also the Wyoming president for the Chariots of Light Christian Motorcycle Club, an outreach of Jerry Savelle Ministries International. Gene was ordained in 2007. Gene and his wife JoLynn, are available to minister at your church or event. You can contact them at:
Pastor Mechell Williams
Mechell Williams is a fun, creative, and dynamic teacher that has been impacting the lives of believers and unbelievers since being born-again in 1987.
She is a graduate of Jerry Savelle Bible School and has earned a Bachelor's degree at Kingdom Leadership Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. She has ministered at the Sweetwater County Detention Center since 2007 and various other places in Wyoming. She also ministers yearly at the "Healing of the Nations" in Arizona and has traveled to Ontario, Canada ministering on the radio and at Restoration Church in Sudbury.
She has authored "The Christ-Centered Journey, The Keys to Building a Solid Spiritual Foundation," six-week bible study, "The Anointing Junky 52-week Devotional," and "The Beautiful Platform, A Powerful Awakening of Women in Five-Fold Ministry."
She continues to be part of the Senior Leadership Team at Restoration Ministries teaching and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mechell and her husband, Richard, are members of the Chariots of Light Motorcycle Club and have toured throughout the Midwest sharing the love of God since 2008. They reside in the Rock Springs area with their grown children and grandchildren.
Pastor Jeff Edwards
Jeff Edwards is a seasoned business and ministry leader with over 25 years of experience. He has developed and led both profit and non-profit companies.
In the mid and late 1980's, he was involved in furniture retail, both as sales manager and Vice-President of a large company, with sales revenue in excess of $40 million dollars. Later in the early 1990's, he owned several retail outlets which grossed almost $5 million in sales, located in Missouri, Minnesota, Texas and Louisiana. In 1993 he entered into the ministry where he began a church in St. Charles, MO. which he continued to Pastor until he took a position in Fort Worth, TX. with an International Ministry with several overseas offices called, Jerry Savelle Ministries International. There he served as assistant to the General Manager and then became General Manager overseeing a staff of 50 people in the USA and working providing support to overseas offices. Duties included every aspect of management, a TV ministry, media development and production, and the many individual outreaches including the Chariots of Light Christian Motorcycle Ministry.
He was the National Director for a season and still remains an active member of the Chariots of Light Christian Motorcycle Club which he is a charter member. He came on board the leadership team at Restoration Ministries in 2002.
Today he and his wife, Maj, live in Canada where they pastor Restoration Church in Val Caron, ON. They pioneer churches in Northern Ontario and lead a radio ministry. Jeff continues to be part of the Senior Leadership Team at Restoration Ministries in Wyoming.
Jeff is known for teaching powerful and simple life changing practical truths with insight and humor, that bring hope and comfort along with the courage to move ahead in any situation developing a "Never Quit Attitude"
Pastor Laurie Emmett
Laurie is a seasoned believer of 35 plus years. Her and her husband, Del, moved to Wyoming in 1991 where she taught children's church for 12 years and led bible studies at the senior citizen's center for 12 years. She also had a bus ministry, transporting people to church and then back home.
Laurie was injured in a couple accidents that left her very hurt and desperate to live so she began to learn the Word of God and listen to TBN concerning healing. She told the Lord that if it was indeed His will to heal her it needed to be 120% so she could go out and do His works. She will forever be grateful for the miraculous healing He gave her. Shortly after that she was called to Restoration Ministries and has been there since 2002.
Laurie has been part of the worship team for years. She loves to teach bible studies and is a graduate of Jerry Savelle Bible School. She is also a member of the Chariots of Light Christian Motorcycle Club and one of the founders of the Annual Dean Quail Against Cancer Run, a ministry giving hope to those fighting cancer. She is a licensed minister of the gospel with a passionate evangelistic heart. She currently serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Restoration Ministries.
Laurie and Del are blessed with 3 amazing kids, a wonderful son-in-law and awesome grandchildren of which 2 are in motocross.
Laurie loves riding motorcycles and telling others about Jesus!
A personal note: God is so good! I thank our Father God for our new adventures in Him and loving people right where they are at. For His word says, "Love covers a multitude."