The Reverend Dr. Michael Bonds
Restoration Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Michael Bonds Sr. is the 4th of seven children born to Rev. Dr. Joseph & Effie Bonds. He is a second generation Pastor. His Dad Rev. Dr. Joe Bonds was the former Pastor of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois. He served there as a Deacon until his call to the ministry. Under his Dad’s tutelage Pastor Michael Bonds was licensed in 1996 and ordained in 1997.
Prior to his licensing Pastor Bonds received his Associate Degree from Kennedy-King College and then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Governor’s State University. He completed his Graduate Studies at Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Ministry and a Doctorate in Theology.
He labored with his Dad for almost 30 years. After the death of his father he moved his membership in 2000 to St. John Baptist Temple under the leadership of Rev Dr. C. Milton Newton. There he served as Director of Men’s Ministry, Sunday school teacher and Christian Outreach.
He met and married the former Vera Anderson in September 1972. She today is Rev. Dr. Vera Bonds the Co-Pastor of Restoration Missionary Baptist Church the ministry they organized in the basement of their home in May 2001. To this union was born three children Keisha Michelle Minister Michael Bonds Jr. Minister Jihad Bonds and nine grandchildren
Pastor Bonds is active in many Civic Groups to include the Rainbow Push Coalition; Southside Minister’s Coalition; Salem District (3rd Vice-President of Congress Dept.); Sheriff Tom Dart’s Clergy Advisory Council; Local School Council Mahalia Jackson Elementary School; CEO of Operation Restoration Development Center (501c3) member of National Baptist Convention Inc. & South Suburban Ministerial Alliance.
“A charge to keep I have a God to glorify an ever dying soul to save, fitted for the sky”. Under the leadership of Pastors Michael & Vera Bonds the ministry has grown both physically and spiritually with the “best still yet to come.”