President of the Board
Dee is a nurse, mother and Texan, not necessarily in that order. She lives with her husband, Tim, and three daughters in Austin where they seek to cultivate community and live with wonder at the world that surrounds them. Dee has been inspired and enriched by the work of Restoration Village Arts, and serves in support of their mission, believing that beauty will save the world.
Rev. Amanda Beresford
Amanda is a pastor, a parent, and a writer. She is delighted to join her passion for theology, justice and art in order to help guide Restoration Village Arts towards its mission of transformation and peacemaking.
Amanda has served in various ministerial settings, ranging from her ministry serving as a hospice chaplain in Vermont, to her ministry as a minister to children and families in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and engages in freelance preaching and writing as often as possible. Amanda holds a degree in Religious Studies from Brown University as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard University. She and her family live in Charlottesville where she loves to run, read and worship.
Sarah Masen Dark
Sarah is an artist, mother, musician and middle school educator. She is passionate about helping children and adults find the many ways in which they can thrive in a difficult and scary world. Her work on the Board of Restoration Village Arts draws on her experience in music, art, and education to help keep the vision for peace, love, and justice work at the center of the organization.
Sarah was signed to a label in Nashville right out of college and had an intense and sudden launch into the music industry and touring. Sarah is still active in the Nashville songwriter scene, runs a pottery studio (fieldhousepottery.com), and works at her neighborhood’s middle school library promoting digital literacy and healthy fact-finding skills. She and her husband David have three children in Nashville where they are attempting to live into a mystical, justice-led faith in a quickly gentrifying neighborhood.
Owen comes to the Restoration Village Arts board with a passion for the Kingdom of God and a lesser passion for accounting. He is keenly interested in efforts to “build a new society in the shell of the old.” Cosmic devotional music keeps him grounded and running.
Owen lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife, Christine, and two sons. He works at The Haven, a multi-resource day shelter for people facing homelessness in Charlottesville.
Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey
Founder of Restoration Village Arts and Endowed Artist Fellow
Tracy is a musician, producer, theologian and pastor. She is the Minister for Community and Congregational Engagement for Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) in the National Setting of the the United Church of Christ. As the MCCE she works with artists and ministers to translate the many powerful resources of JWM into music and liturgy for the local church setting and develop art, creative advocacy initiatives and more to help communities and congregations encounter and process complex realities in the context of the progressive theology and justice commitments of the UCC. In tandem, she helps guide the vision of Restoration Village Arts while producing music, liturgies and theological works with/in today’s specific and intersecting movement of liberation, resourcing communities, institutions and individuals in holistically seeking justice and beauty in all their efforts.
Tracy’s music career began touring full-time, performing at colleges, in homes and coffee shops, and leading worship and workshops throughout the United States and Latin America reaching over 1000 campuses, churches and communities after a decade of full time pursuit. During this time, she founded Restoration Village Arts, allowing her to work alongside communities who were actively seeking new expressions of arts, worship and theology in their local contexts. Tracy is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard University. Her new album, “Bring Me Some Peace,” will be released on AUGUST 25! – it is available for pre-order now on iTunes, and will also be available through Bandcamp and this site.