Doug Hanna

Pastor — Preaching and Vision

Doug Hanna

Doug has served at Pillar DC since 2019. Since becoming a Christian in 2011, Doug has served in a variety of ministry roles. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Doug is married to Lydia and they have two children.

Doug is also a small business owner and works in digital marketing. He is the creator of SpurgeonBooks, an online community centered on the ministry of the 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon, and God Centered Family, a resource to help parents teach their kids the Bible.

Doug is passionate about ministry in DC and desires to see people orient their lives around knowing Jesus and making him known in DC and around the world.

Listen to sermons from Doug here.

Thomas Hudson

Pastor — Care & Discipleship

Thomas Hudson

Thomas lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Amanda, and their four children J.T., Elizabeth, Victoria, and Truett. Thomas became a Christian when he was seventeen years old and immediately immersed himself in the church. Before coming to Pillar, Thomas and Amanda served Calvary Chapel in New Orleans and Thomas worked for a geotechnical engineering firm. Thomas received a BS in civil engineering from Georgia Southern University in 2006 and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. He was ordained into ministry in August of 2014. In addition to his work at Pillar Church, Thomas enjoys playing golf, duck hunting, and biking around the District.

Lay Elder

Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson is a lay elder at Pillar DC.  He lives on Bolling Air Force Base in SE DC with his wife, Amanda, and his son and daughter, Aiden and Keira. Chad is an active duty Commander in the Coast Guard and currently serves in the Coast Guard headquarters Office of Aviation Forces.  Chad and Amanda met in Georgia during their senior year in high school and then had to survive a four year long distance relationship while Chad attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.  They were married three days after graduation in 2003.  Chad has been serving the Lord in various capacities for as long as he can remember, beginning with the children's choir at the United Methodist Church in Twin City, GA.  While Chad and Amanda aren't serving the Coast Guard or at Pillar DC, they spend their time home schooling Aiden and Keira or learning traditional cooking skills in preparation for an eventual return to the family farm in Georgia.

Church Planters

Jared Huntley


Jared Huntley

Jared lives just outside of Washington, D.C. in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Jen, and their three children, Joshua, Joanna, and Caleb. Jared surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 24. Soon after, God called him to preach the Gospel and plant churches. Jared always felt called to preach the Gospel in unreached areas, and after several years of prayer, he received the call to go to Canada to plant a church. After planting Fellowship Oshawa in the Greater Toronto Area in 2016, Jared raised up Canadian elders and moved back to the States. Jared received his BA in Bible at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX, and his Masters in North American Church Planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his free time, Jared enjoys cheering on his Houston, Texas sports teams.

Jared will be sent out from Pillar DC later this year to plant Pillar Church of San Antonio, Texas.

Church Planting Intern

Andrew McDaniel

Andrew currently lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Laura. Andrew met his wife, Laura, while attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in which the Lord saved Andrew from a background of cultural, nominal Christianity at the age of 20. At the time, he was pursuing a degree in Nursing, but once the Lord saved him during his Junior year, Andrew quickly felt a burden to preach and teach the Gospel so that no one would end up in cultural Christianity like he was. Through this calling, the Lord opened a door for Andrew to serve as an intern on staff at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After two years on staff in Brainerd’s college ministry, Andrew and Laura packed up their newly married lives and moved to Washington DC, where he is currently serving as a church planting intern at Pillar Church of Washington DC. Andrew loves to golf, fly fish, read and enjoy a good cup of coffee.

Andrew will be sent out later this year to plant Pillar Church of San Antonio, Texas.