Our team is a ragtag bunch of passionate creatives, logisticals, and leaders who help push the mission of Gamechurch forward.
Prior to founding Gamechurch, Mikee Bridges got his start in the Christian Rock scene, founding the bands Sometime Sunday, Tragedy Ann, and yes, the Star Wars tribute band known as Twin Sister. Additionally, he founded Tomfest, the biggest indie Christian music festival in the northwest, which featured over 150 bands annually. He has always had a heart for loving those on the outside of Christian circles and challenging those on the inside.
Brian has served as the Director of Media of Gamechurch since it’s inception in 2010. Yes, he is the one responsible for Gamer Jesus. Brian has had a passion for creativity since a young age. Eventually, that passion led him to Brooks Institute, where he earned a B.A. in film and video production. In addition to working full-time for Gamechurch, Brian also moonlights as a freelancer, working for clients such as Verizon and Barna Group. He loves Jesus, his wife Elaina, travel, delicious ramen, specialty coffee and craft IPA, in precisely that order.
Chris has been in full-time ministry most of his adult life. Chris spent 7 years as a worship and associate pastor. He has always had a heart for doing ministry differently to reach people that no one is reaching.
Chris has also been a gamer since the age of 4. His grandparents got him and his brother a NES for Christmas, much to the chagrin of his parents. In 5th grade, he put a Sega Genesis on layaway at K-mart and slowly paid it off with his $10/week allowance money. To this day, it remains one of his only life’s regrets because of all the great RPGs he missed out on for SNES.
In 2013, when Chris found out about Gamechurch, he knew his great love for Jesus and burning passion for video games were colliding. He went on his first video game missions trip with Gamechurch to Phoenix Comicon in 2013. He didn’t know this at the time, but he was actually the first-ever missionary with Gamechurch! Shortly after this, Chris and his wife Ashley moved from Arizona to California to take on the role of Missions coordinator for Gamechurch. In just 3 years, the missions program grew from 6 people to 150!
In July 2016, Chris was placed in the captain’s chair and named the new Director of Gamechurch.
Drew Dixon is the editor-in-chief of GameChurch.com, a site dedicated to exploring the spiritual side of vidoegames and co-host of the GameChurch Podcast where he interviews videogame developers about their spiritual beliefs. He is also the lead editor for Explore the Bible Students at LifeWay Christian Resources. He also hosts the Christ and Pop Culture Digest and writes about video games for WORLD Magazine and Paste Magazine. He has written extensively about videogames and the Christian worldview for many sites including Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and Think Christian.
April-Lyn first encountered Gamechurch at PAX East 2012. Like many people who find us at conventions, she wasn’t sure at first what to make of our tongue-in-cheek presentation. Once she realized that we were serious—and her passion for missions caught up—she was excited to get involved! In the fall of 2013 she traveled to L.A. from her home in New England for her first videogame missions trip at Comikaze Expo, and has been part of the team ever since.
In 2015 April-Lyn relocated to Ventura, CA, where she currently serves Gamechurch as Regional Coordinator of missions for the West and Associate Editor of Gamechurch.com. In addition to her contributions to Gamechurch, April-Lyn is involved with her local church as a part of their tech team, and hosts a monthly board game day that regularly welcomes 20-30 gamers from the local community. She has a particular passion for cooperative board games and can be generally found at one or two board gaming events a week. She also enjoys swing dancing, reading, anime, and knitting.
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In 2011, Matthew first learned about GameChurch and was a little skeptical until he met the team at PAX West and discovered they were a genuine group that loved Jesus and loved gamers. Matthew first went on a GameChurch missions trip in 2014 to the Rose City Comic Con in Oregon. Ever since then he has been on three trips each year, giving him the record as the person with the most missions trips to date. In late 2016, Matthew took on his first missions trip as a team leader and shortly after, accepted a position as the Northwest Regional Coordinator. Matthew lives in the small town of Puyallup, WA with his wife Hillary.
Jake was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but now lives in Shelbyville (just southeast of Indianapolis) with his wife, Kristina, and daughter where he works at Grace UMC doing youth ministry. Growing up, he was always partial to Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog, but some of his favorite RPGs of all time were on the SNES. Nowadays, he finds himself drawn to games that involve some sort of strategy, sandbox, fantasy, and/or character leveling. He discovered GameChurch like any true-blooded Millennial – by wasting time on Twitter. His first mission trip was in 2014 at C2E2 in Chicago, and now he serves as the Regional Coordinator of the North.
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Bubba has been in full-time ministry in some way, shape or form since 2007. Be that as Worship Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, or his current position of Technology Director. With deep roots in Super Nintendo, N64, Dreamcast and Xbox, he can now be found on Xbox One and PS4 playing games that mainly focus on multiplayer experiences, and rich single player storylines. GameChurch became a huge part of his life in 2013 when he joined GameChurch City, and was launched into the stratosphere in 2014 when he went on his first video game mission trip to SXSW in Austin, TX. Since then, he has become more and more involved with GameChurch, attending multiple trips a year, having lead a trip to SXSW, speaking at multiple Academies, hosting GameChurch City’s podcast ‘The Arcade’, becoming the Mayor of GameChurch City, and now being GameChurch City’s Community Manager with a team of people helping him keep the City running. All of that is great and all, but the best thing about him is his wife, Anna, and kids: Caleb, Naomi and Levi. They are scientifically cute, and go a long way in helping people like him more.
Chris became a Gamer at 6 years-old when his parents bought an NES. Thankfully, his mom didn’t mind hooking it up for him every day so he could play Donkey Kong Jr. and Legend of Zelda. Chris sees both video and tabletop gaming as a way to build lasting friendships and strong bonds. Though his background is in video production and editing, Chris’ true passion is gaming and over the last three years, has designed and developed his own adventure-themed board game.
During the Spring of 2013, Chris stumbled across Gamechurch while attending PAX East as a Media correspondent for his own website. A year later, Chris went to Phoenix Comic Con on his first missions trip with Gamechurch, and has been hooked ever since. He now leads the PAX East and New York Comic Con teams as the Northeast Regional Coordinator. Chris currently lives in Massachusetts with his couch, PS4, and 3 controllers.
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God has been a part of Davy’s life since he was young, but it wasn’t until his twenties that his love and passion for Jesus really developed into a proper relationship. Davy has also loved gaming since a young age; his first console was the original Nintendo, and now he owns both a PS4 and Xbox1. One of Davy’s strongest desires is to game online with anyone and everyone, building relationships along the way. Davy leads the Gamechurch UK team from their home base in Northern Ireland. He’s a husband to Jenny and father to Luke and Jude. He also leads his own ministry: 4 the Win Gaming.
Matt works full time as a manager of a Starbucks and lives in Louisville, Ky with his wife, Erin, and 5 children. He got his first Nintendo at age 5 from his grandma. He grew up playing Zelda and Mario with his dad and now plays those games with his kids. Matt became a Christian at the age of 16 and started getting involved church leadership shortly afterwards. He got into tabletop gaming when he met Chris Gwaltney, and they used to sell plasma to pay for their games and comics. He’s always had a heart for the people on the fringes and longed to show them Christ’s love, reaching out and letting them know they are loved and accepted. He went on his first Gamechurch missions trip in 2014(C2E2), fell in love with it, and has been on 6 trips since then. He now is the Regional Coordinator of the South, has lead several trips, helps co-host The Arcade Podcast, and is helping plan the Academies. When he isn’t hanging out with his family, playing tabletop games, or listening to reggae, he can be found playing his Nintendo Switch or PS4.
Daniel has always been a gamer. He remembers playing on the old Atari and saving princess Zelda on Gameboy. He is also a dedicated follower of Jesus and loves to love people. This is the same love he hopes to display to people in the gaming community. Daniel leads the Gamechurch Germany team from their homebase in Lemgo, Germany where they operate a gaming center, an online gaming community, and run the Gamechurch booth at Gamescom, the largest gaming convention in the world. Daniel is also studying Education and Theology at Bielefeld University.