Leadership

Governing Board

 
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Bishop D.j. Soto

Bishop & Apostle at VR Church

Believing that faith is renewed as people engage with the good news of God’s love on new technology platforms, D.J. Soto began preaching in the world of virtual reality in 2016. He is now the lead pastor of Virtual Reality Church, a church that is intended to be radically inclusive and consistent with Christianity’s long history of adapting to new forms of media. VR Church is the first church to exist entirely in virtual reality.

Before VR Church, D.J. received a BA in Theology in 2000, gained experience as a high school computer and music teacher, worked as a photojournalist in broadcast television, and launched a multi-site campus for a mega-church in Pennsylvania. In 2016, DJ and his wife, Kari, created a new apostolic ministry to pioneer new churches across America in unusual places. Originally thinking they would plant physical churches, they soon realized a new vision to plant churches in virtual reality. DJ and Kari have five children, and they travel to spread the vision about faith in VR.

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Christy Childers

Employment Brand Manager at Facebook

Christy Childers is the co-leader of the Christians@ Facebook group where she serves alongside people who follow Jesus and work at Facebook across the globe. In her day job, she is the Employer Brand Manager for North America at Facebook. Christy lives in a house church in Palo Alto and enjoys reading, spin classes, and traveling. God has put a few passions on her heart: 1) to encourage believers to realize our missionary call at work, 2) to leverage marketing and technology to share the love of Jesus with unreached people groups across the world, and 3) to encourage the singles in the Church to live out community, taking full advantage of our time and gifts! 

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Nick Runyon

Executive Director at CV Outreach

Nick is a nonprofit leader and entrepreneur who has enjoyed a career leveraging marketing technology to advance the organizations of which he has been a part. Currently, Nick is the Executive Director for CV North America, leading a team that is using social media and marketing technology to connect people to the local church through CV Outreach. Nick is also the owner and president of Media Tractor, a digital agency serving businesses building models for growth. Nick is the co-host of Social Media Church Podcast which was recently listed as the #1 Religious Podcast by iTunes.

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Victor Soto

US Army Veteran & US Department of Labor

Prior to joining the VR Church board, Victor Soto had over thirty years of experience in non-profit finances. He is a retired master sergeant with the US Army, and a retired Chief Information Officer for The Department of Labor. Victor has been involved in several facets of ministry throughout the years, supporting missionaries in numerous ways worldwide. Although he spent his early years in Costa Rica, and traveled to many countries with the US Army, Victor now resides in the state of Virginia with the love of his life, Ana.

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Lmichelle Salvant

CEO at LMichelleMedia & BelieveVR

L.Michelle Salvant is a media ministry leader and entrepreneur who lives in Tallahassee, FL.  She and her husband, Christopher, own LMichelleMedia, a company specializing in using emerging media technologies to help churches and ministries move their vision forward.  They are currently developing a first of its kind virtual reality platform, BelieveVR, to showcase stories of faith in VR.  L.Michelle & Christopher have one son, Christopher Jr., who also loves technology.