Our Story

We live in Chicago with our 3 children, Liem, Raine and Joel.  God has called us, along with a team of people, to start a church in North Center, here in Chicago.  Hue is originally from Vietnam and left to come to the United States as a refugee when he was 13 years old.  He located in Minnesota where he met Vanessa, who had grown up there.  Soon after, we were married and moved to Chicago for our jobs.

In 2004 we visited a church-plant started by Steve and Debs Sudworth, who relocated their family from South Africa to Chicago.  It was at this very first visit that we experienced the presence of God, dedicating our lives to Him.  We spent the next 12 years serving in various capacities, including serving on the eldership team there for the last 8 years.  During that time, God led Hue to complete his Master degree at Moody Bible Institute. God continued to reveal more of Himself to our family, more of His love, goodness and freedom, and our desire grew stronger for Him to use us to share those things with everyone.  He began revealing more of His plans for us, which included us planting a church right here in Chicago.

“Restoration” has been birthed from the call of God to share His love and goodness with others.  Our desire is that through “Restoration” Jesus will be revealed and many will experience the grace and freedom that comes from knowing Him.     

Hue and Vanessa Doan

Doans Restoration Church