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.
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!
Executive Director at CV Outreach
Nick Runyon is the Executive Director for CV North America and leads a team in McKinney, Texas that is passionate about leveraging social media and technology to touch people with the Gospel. Nick recently co-founded MagDrive Solutions, a new venture that is revolutionizing the global industries from Bozeman, Montana. As Chief Operating Officer Nick is building the team and processes that will bring carbon emission-cutting technology to the oil and gas industries through some of the world’s largest companies. Nick also leads Media Tractor, a digital agency that he founded in 2015. Media Tractor supports businesses and nonprofits around the world by building and implementing digital strategies to help organizations grow. Today, Nick and his family live in Bozeman, Montana and enjoy spending time exploring the outdoors.
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.
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.