Jonathan (JD) lives in Jacksonville, NC with his wife, Jennifer, and five kids Cody, Keegan, Kale, Chloe, and Kinsley. JD has been serving in the Pillar network since it began in 2005.
The Davis family has had the privilege of being a part of five church plants since that time, three of them from their inception. They have a desire and passion to see the gospel spread through church planting efforts all over the world. In May of 2019, JD began the transition from full-time vocational work to full-time pastor of Pillar Church Jacksonville. JD has a passion for pastoral ministry, leadership development, and various discipleship ministries.
Brian lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Kelli, and five children: Dani, Kristlyn, Trey, Nate, and Ameena. Brian served for nearly 10 years as an active duty Marine that included deployments to fifteen countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in Quantico, VA in 2010 and attending Pillar Church in Dumfries, Brian was called to plant Pillar Church Jacksonville. Pillar Jax began in Brian and Kelli’s home on January 6, 2013. In May of 2019, Brian began a transition from full-time pastoring with Pillar Jax to the role of Executive Director of The Praetorian Project. Brian holds a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for preaching God’s Word, discipling men, foster care/adoption, and counseling marriages.
Mike and Michelle live in Jacksonville, NC with their two dogs Molly and Jersey.
They have four grown children scattered across the country, Colin, Shelby, Tucker, and Jake with his wife Elizabeth and Mike’s and Michelle’s grandson, Noah.
They call Denver, Colorado home as that is where they met and raised their kids. Mike works from home for IBM and Michelle owns her own cleaning company. They love to travel, hike, and fish.
Mike and Michelle are passionate about missions and travel regularly to Nicaragua with a medical mission team to present the Gospel and give medical care to the groups they are ministering to. Mike and Michelle also lead a ministry of young adults, focusing primarily on single Marines. They gather in their home weekly, serving a home cooked meal and then digging deep into God’s word. Their desire is for these Marines and young adults to know God, grow closer to Him, and pursue His will for their lives.
Scott lives in Jacksonville, NC with his wife Katie and four children: Jaxson, McKenna, Emery, and Nora. Scott and his family have been part of the Pillar network since 2016 and previously had the pleasure of serving the church as deacons at Pillar Jax. Scott is currently serving as an active duty Marine. He has a passion for spreading the gospel within the workplace and military communities and discipling young men.
Richard lives in Jacksonville, NC, his wife Molly, and their three children Elijah, Noah, and Emma. Richard currently serves as an active-duty Soldier. He and his family have learned within the military lifestyle how essential the local church is, and desire to faithfully serve, build and grow healthy churches within military communities. Richard is passionate about teaching God’s Word and has helped lead youth ministries at Pillar Church of Jacksonville since 2020.
Andy and Kristen live in Hubert, NC. They have been married for 17 years and have three kids – Grace, Faith and Zac.
Andy and Kristen met when they were children. Andy’s family was pursuing missionary work in NYC, and Kristen’s grandparents were members of the missionary board at their mutual church. Andy and Kristen grew up together as members of North Jersey HomeSchool Association (NJHSA). After high school, Andy joined the Marines and Kristen continued work as a nanny. They started dating shortly after Andy graduated boot camp.
After 20 years of service in the Marine Corps, Andy retired and is pursuing work in banking management. Kristen spent the last 24 years as a nanny/caregiver. Their family has a love for the outdoors, board games and music, and each family member plays at least one instrument.
Both of them have a strong desire to serve the Lord by any means possible, and are humbled and eager to serve their church family at Pillar Jax. They enjoy serving in the music ministry and children’s ministry, as well as leading a community group in their home.
Deacons of Childcare
Chris and Elyse Miller currently live in Richlands, NC with their two children, Henry and Ayla. Chris is from Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Elyse is a Navy brat, but claims Virginia as home. They met on a backpacking trip in the Appalachian mountains in 2015 and married a year later. Chris is currently serving as an active duty Marine, and Elyse is a full-time stay-at-home mom. Chris and Elyse both grew up in the church and have a heart to serve the church body in whatever capacity. Having children of their own has given them a heart for loving on children and sharing with them the truth of the Gospel. They are excited to be able to serve the church body at Pillar through the childcare ministry.