Restoration Church launched in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia in the spring of 2015. Originally planted by Watson & Kelli Jones, Restoration Church is now pastored by AJ Smith. AJ was trained and has served in inner city ministries over the past several years, and has developed a passion for Christian community, theology, peace, and justice. In 2018 AJ and Restoration Church were the subjects of Season 8 of the podcast, StartUp. AJ and his wife Leah have two children, Ara and Soren.