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.
Jarrod lives in Jacksonville, NC with his wife, Allison, and their two children, Reagan and James. In college, he joined the Navigators and developed a desire to see others grow in their walk with Jesus. Jarrod has served as an elder at Pillar Church of Oceanside and became an elder at Pillar Church of Jacksonville in 2020. His primary interests of study include history and politics. He is currently taking classes at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Deacons of Audio & Visual
Stefan and Tori Lichtfuss live in Jacksonville with their two children, Declan and Rowan. Both grew up in Colorado and later went to school in the great state of Wyoming, where they met and started dating. Stefan serves as an active duty Marine, while Tori is a full-time stay-at-home-mom. Both grew up in families who faithfully loved the Lord and served their local church body. Stefan and Tori have been encouraged by and felt the importance of being involved in the local church and are thankful for the opportunity to serve the body of Pillar in any capacity.
Deacons of Building and Grounds
Clayton and Corrie live in Jacksonville with their four children, Eli, Thea, Calvin, and Tucker. Clayton is an active duty Marine, and Corrie is a full time homemaker. Clayton grew up in several states on the east coast, while Corrie was an Army brat and moved 13 times before high school. God brought them together in Maryland during high school and they got married after college. Both of them grew up in the church and have continued their walk in faith and growth through marriage, kids, and work. They are grateful for the opportunity to love and serve this church family.
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.
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.