Alex and Eridania Soler, along with their two amazing boys, Jacob and  Joshua, planted Vertical Encounter in Waukegan, IL, in 2015 with just a few people in a living room to now becoming a multisite church in the Chicagoland area (Encuentro Vertical in 2019, and North Chicago campus in 2022). They are passionate about "Reaching people far from God to help them move from belonging to becoming." Alex and Eridania started the Go Multiply Network to develop local leaders to help multiply the kingdom of God, specifically in distressed urban and suburban areas of concentrated poverty and low income. They are committed to coaching and mentoring church planters and multipliers through CMN and various Assemblies of God districts/networks. In 2019, they announced the Church of Today Project, which combines their passion for kids and expertise in education to help launch Hope Homes, which concentrates on educational and mentoring programming with a foundation of biblical discipleship for underprivileged youth.

Alex Soler

Lead Pastor

Eridania Soler

Campus Pastor - Español

Joshua Cartagena

Campus Pastor - North Chicago


To add additional oversight and health to our church leadership, we have established 'Ministry Overseers' that help bring shepherding outside of Vertical Encounter to our leadership. These individuals are not members of VE, but rather serve as sort of Fathers and Mothers to our pastors and leaders. Below are our current Ministry Overseers.

Jeff Leake - Lead Pastor of Allison Park Church, PA
Mark & Wanda Novales - Lead Pastors of CityReach Church, PA
Jason & Sonja Dewey - Co-Lead Pastors of Sign of The Dove Church, IL