Carlos Soca: Lead Pastor
Carlos was born and raised in Northeast New Jersey. At the age of 16, he was invited to church by a friend. After a year of attending Bible studies and through the faithful Gospel witness of the church, he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Carlos later married that friend, Madai, and together they are the parents of three blessings: Josh, Hannah and Avery.
After graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and working some years in medical device industry, Carlos sensed God calling him to the ministry of the Gospel. After much prayer and the confirmation of the call by others, Carlos entered seminary, graduating in 2006 with a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. During his time at seminary, Carlos was mentored by the pastors at Open Door Church in Raleigh, NC, and participated in the pastoral ministry internship. In late 2009, the pastors and members of Open Door affirmed God’s calling on his life and Carlos was ordained as one of its pastors.
Carlos serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ Our Hope Church. He desires to be a faithful minister of the Word and to lead the church in the joyful witness of the Gospel in the community and beyond. Carlos is currently pursuing a PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addtion, he serves as a Chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve.
Armando Castro: Elder
Armando is originally from Ecuador. He came to New Jersey in 1997 and in 1999 he became a follower of Jesus Christ. In his desire for learning more about the Bible, he began to study with a group of believers and there was when he met his wife Vasti. Now they are blessed to be the parents of Victoria and Abigail. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University with a B.A in Political Science and recently he completed a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Armando and Vasti are grateful to serve in Christ Our Hope Church and are excited to see what the Lord is doing in this community for His Glory.
Johnny Dos Santos: Elder
Johnny was born and raised in Brazil. He came to New Jersey in 2010 with his wife Ana and stepdaughter Thaynara. Although he was born and raised in a Christian family, he became a genuine follower of Christ in 2010 after the conversion of his wife. For over five years they served in a Portuguese speaking church, where they also completed theological training. Currently, Johnny works in the construction industry where he owns and operates his company. He and his wife joyfully serve at Christ Our Hope Church. They desire to see the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed to all people groups, through the faithful witnessing of the church.