Teaching Pastor/Elder - Connect
Colby and his wife Annie have been married since 2001 and are the parents of Haley, Darcy, Gracie and Penelope. Colby oversees the teaching ministries of the church. Before coming to Pillar, Colby served as an associate pastor at Stafford Baptist Church (the church that planted Pillar Church). In 2008, the Garmans joined the staff of the International Mission Board and served for two years in Iceland. Colby is a graduate of Liberty University where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and of Biola University where he earned an M.A. in Christian Apologetics.
Elder - Commission
Clint Clifton is the founding pastor of Pillar Church. Clint and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2000 and have five children: Noah, Ruthe, Isaiah, Betchina and Moses. Clint served in several ministry positions throughout the Southeast before planting Pillar Church. Clint holds a B.A. from The Baptist College of Florida and an M.A. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Clint oversees the church planting efforts of Pillar Church and serves as Sr. Director of Resource and Research Strategy for the North American Mission Board in Washington DC. You can get to know Pastor Clint better by listening to his podcast.
Elder - Care
Elder - Cultivate
Joe and his wife Cassie met at George Mason University and were married shortly after Joe was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the United States Marine Corps. They are blessed with seven children, Joe, Jackie, Jake, Olivia, Samantha, Rebecca, and Christian James; and they recently became grandparents with the birth of Mariangel. Over Joe's thirty-three years of active duty service, the Craft family moved 19 times and were active members of 16 churches, giving them a unique perspective on the importance of a welcoming, actively supportive, Christ-centered church family. The Crafts joined Pillar Church in 2017 and are passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known through discipleship and church multiplication.
Elder - Cultivate
Alex is a retired Marine whose best decision in life was marrying Kate. They have two sons - Al and Victor - who were the founding members of our youth ministry, back when they were the only two teenagers in the church. Alex continues to lead the Youth Ministry at Pillar, and provides excellent leadership in maximizing our financial resources.
Children's Ministry Director
Lydia and her husband, James, are high school sweethearts from central Illinois. The Marine Corps brought them here, but the family at Pillar Church has kept them here. Together they have 3 boys: Philip, Ezra, and Simeon. Lydia serves as the Children’s Ministry Director. Her role is to come alongside families as they disciple their children. She trains new volunteers, oversees Sunday morning logistics, and plans church wide events throughout the year. Lydia loves to spend her time running and spending time outside with her family.
Financial Administration and Communications
Lindsey, and her husband, Brendan, met after both graduating from Liberty University and married in 2014. They joined Pillar shortly after, and have grown their family, adding three children; Everett, Alethea, and Elianna. Lindsey serves the church by aiding in Pillar’s financial stewardship and in completing various administrative work. At home she homeschools and enjoys spending time with family.
Carey was born in New York, but spent the majority of his life in Florida. He surrendered his life to Christ as a junior at Liberty University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. A couple of years later, God gave Carey a deep-seated passion to work in ministry, leading him to receive a Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling at Luther Rice Seminary. Shortly afterward, Carey left Florida to partake in a year-long pastoral residency at McLean Bible Church. That season of life gave him more in-depth insight into music leading, scriptural study, and event planning at a mega-church. As the residency came to a close, God provided Carey the opportunity to apply his experience at the opposite end of the spectrum with Pillar Church D.C., a church revitalization between Mclean Bible Church and the Praetorian project. God brought along Carey's wife, Erin in the midst of that season and they married within a year of courtship. They also had a son during the mid-point of the pandemic named Micah. God used that time at the church revitalization to give them passion towards church planting. That ultimately led them to leave Pillar Church D.C. and join Pillar Church Dumfries to partake in a church planting residency to further advance God's kingdom!
Church Planting Intern
Noah is one of the founding members at Pillar Church of Dumfries. He was saved and baptized in the church when he was 17. He has spent time at several other Pillars serving in many different roles. Noah works on staff at Pillar Dumfries with the hope of being trained up and sent out to help plant a church in the beginning of 2023.
Cody and his wife, Lydia, met at the College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC, and were married in January 2020. Cody is a Pastoral Assistant at Pillar, and works mainly in the Connect and Commission ministries of the church. He is here learning how to plant a church, with the desire to plant a church in an urban area in the future. In his free time, Cody can be found listening to music, playing or watching sports, or hanging with his friends. Cody earned a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the College at Southeastern.