Restore Small Groups’ founder, Scott Reall grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Otterbein University in 1976 with a B.A. in Health and Exercise Science. Scott was an athlete through college and became a coach before joining the Green Hills Family YMCA in Nashville, TN as the Senior Wellness Director in 1988. Upon winning the YMCA of the USA Armstrong Award, Scott returned to school and attended Masters level classes in Theology from Covenant Seminary. In addition, Scott has completed Stage II™ Recovery Training and is certified in The Grief Recovery Method ® Scott has led thousands of small groups and consistently meets with individuals to support their journey to transformation. Scott has also written 5 books: Journey to Freedom, Journey to Healthy Living, Journey to A Life of Significance, Journey to Living with Courage, and Journey to Life after Loss. Journey to Freedom has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, French, German, and Swahili. He travels globally to aid in the growth of Journey small group efforts in Ukraine, Belize and beyond. Scott lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is an avid hiker, golfer and dog rescuer.

Executive Director, Sara Hamill, has more than 15 years experience in the not-for-profit world including work in the pastoral care field, program management, and organizational development. She joined her first Journey to Freedom small group in 2010. She experienced a safe, caring community that helped her grow and self-examine her life during a time of personal and spiritual discernment. She knew that she had found a unique, life-changing process that could be helpful to anyone no matter what the struggle or need. She joined the Restore staff at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in 2011 and has served as a Program Director and Director of Partnership Development for the organization. She is passionate about increasing the healing impact of small groups throughout Middle Tennessee and globally. Sara has her Master’s degree from the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, Sara has 400 hours of training in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee and is a Certified Rule 31 Meditator.

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