(To view a 16-minute video of the founding and mission of VSN, go to www.visualstory.org/story )
Meet the Leadership team and Board of Directors here.
In 2005, Jim Green (Executive Director, JESUS Film Project) and Rob Hoskins (President, OneHope /Reach the Children Foundation) were waiting for a plane together in Bangkok, Thailand. Each shared a deep desire for the body of Christ to be more effective in leveraging visual media for the Gospel. Several conversations followed that led to a May 5, 2006 meeting in Orlando between leaders of the OneHope (formerly Book of Hope), the JESUS Film Project, Bearing Fruit Communications (“The End of the Spear”) and the Caleb Group. Amidst the voices of the 20 people gathered, one Voice emerged.
There was overwhelming agreement it was critical to expand a movement of “visual story” for the kingdom of God. The outcome was a consensus to begin a core group that would research, advocate and collaborate on new ways to reach people in our increasingly media saturated world. Clyde Taber (Director of Multimedia Design within the Jesus Film Project at that time) was asked to lead this new initiative. Clyde gave part-time leadership to the next phase of developing the network. This consisted of establishing a leadership team, organizing roundtable forums, and developing strategic direction.
In January 2008, Clyde began to focus full-time on the development of the network. Visual Story International, a non-profit (501c3) was created to be the legal platform to support the Visual Story Network. Visual Story International is a voluntary (no dues required) organization. Clyde’s salary is provided through individuals, families and churches who believe in his calling and ministry.
Here are the members of the founding VSN Leadership Team (L-R). Clyde Taber, Bailey Marks, Jr., Stephan Tchividjian, Rob Hoskins, Jim Green, Paul Konstanski, Rich Sheeley, Bill Sunderland (missing: Jeff Holder).