Who We Are 2019-08-14T23:28:20+00:00

Our Purpose

We exist to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus so that they may become fully devoted followers of Christ.

Our Mission

God – Community – Mission

We provide exceptional ministry environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, to cultivate community with each other, and to influence the world.

God (Matthew 22:37–38)

Our understanding of God shapes and informs what we are and what we do. Although style and methods may be unique according to our culture and context, everything passes through the filter of our understanding of God and his very nature. The church is to be Christ-centered, and all empowerment through preaching, teaching, worship, and outreach comes from Jesus Christ. The church should never be built around a person, trend, or cultural phenomenon. The true church is and always will be built on the person of Jesus for his glory. Every facet of ministry is tested in light of scripture, and our love for God permeates all that we do as a church. Our Lord reminds us in Matthew 22:37–38 that the greatest commandment is to love our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. We vow to keep this front and center, the very foundation on which we operate.

Community (John 13:34–35; Acts 2:42–47)

Our understanding of Christian relationship derives from God’s very nature. The Godhead demonstrates the eternal relationship and community among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are made in God’s image, and our desire and love for Christ and his love for us give us a deep desire to be more like him and carry his relational qualities. In John 13:34–35, Jesus says, A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Because we as a community of believers experience God’s love, we are to be intentional in our love for God and one another so that we extend the love of God to the world. We therefore live, love, serve, and worship in community to the glory of God. In turn, we become more like Jesus and selflessly give ourselves in service to the world through acts of love.

Mission (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 1:8)  

Our understanding of mission encourages us to be concerned for and aware of what God is doing in our culture and the world and to endeavor to participate directly and daily in his plans and purposes. If we are informed and shaped by our understanding of God, then we must be compelled to reach others with the message of Jesus. We are left with a commandment in Acts 1:8 to go and preach the Gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. This is first demonstrated in the corporate gathering, where seekers often take a “come and see” approach. On another level, we endeavor to equip believers to “go and tell.” This is accomplished through activities that allow us to reach our culture locally and worldwide.  

Our Ministry Leaders

LEON DUNNING
LEON DUNNINGLead Pastor
Leon Dunning was born and raised in North Carolina, so he’s obviously a diehard Tarheel fan. He’s been married to his wife, Miranda, since 2007, and they have two children, Max and Savannah. A preacher’s kid turned church planter, he’s been in ministry in some form or another all his life. After he received an MA in practical theology from Regent University, the vision to start Salt Church took root and came to fruition in his family’s living room in 2014. Leon has a passion to equip the church for ministry in order to see many come to Christ.
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ALEC RITTER
ALEC RITTERWorship and Creative Director
Alec is a recently married (February 5th, 2018) film student senior at Regent University. He has grown up in churches all over the map in places like Missouri, Indiana, and Virginia. One of His favorite scriptures is Psalm 95:1, “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Alec says the reason he started serving in church was to use his God-given gifts for the purposes of the Kingdom. He is excited to see the incredible things the Lord will use Salt Church for in the many years to come.
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MATT SMITH
MATT SMITHTech and Marketing Director
With a passion for ministry and serving for over a decade in church tech, Matt has the aspiration to make sure every service runs smoothly from the time we set up to the time we tear down, and to help grow the church with his marketing experience. Married in late 2018 to wife Olivia, Matt currently resides near Virginia Beach Town Center, loves black coffee, and can often be found at Starbucks, where his wife works.
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KRISTY SCOTT
KRISTY SCOTTOutreach Coordinator
Kristy is a wife of 16 years to Christopher, and mother to 3 beautiful children Alexandra (12), Catylyn (10), and Aaron (5). When she is not tending to family or working in research, she will be at the beach, gym, or hanging with friends. Kristy has a passion for outreach and a love for the oceanfront community. The vision of the outreach ministry is to partner with other ministries, churches, and organizations to show the love of Jesus to the community and be “the church” There is much division in the world, including within the church, and what the world needs to see more than anything right now is unity. Philippians 2:2
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TIM RITTER
TIM RITTERSalt Kidz Director
Tim has been married to Angie since 1988, back in their home town of St. Louis, Mazurah (Missouri) – go Cards! The couple has 2 kids are Katie and Alec, and Tim’s been a family pastor for over 20 years. With graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology and a background in education, his family’s verse has always been Galatians 6:9-10. Tim loves seeing children, youth, and their parents come closer to Jesus, and aside from loving serving in SaltKidz the last few years we have been developing a new ministry and theater called the Family Fun Xperience for the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
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