Pastor - Preaching & Vision
Jared lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jen. 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. Now pastoring Pillar DC, Jared is excited to continue to preach the word of God and equip the saints for the work of ministry. In his free time, Jared enjoys cheering on his Houston, Texas sports teams.
Pastor - Care & Discipleship
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.
Oryan Lopes resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Danielle, and daughter Adelaide (6). Oryan is active duty in the Marine Corps. Oryan and Danielle met while attending college in Charleston, SC and were married soon after in 2010. Oryan and Danielle have worked with the Praetorian Project for the past five years, serving in two other Pillar Churches (Pillar Dumfries, VA and Pillar Twentynine Palms, CA). Through the military, the Lord relocated them to Arlington, VA in March 2019 to continue the work of the Gospel in the nation’s capitol with Pillar Church of Washington, D.C.
A Florida native, Carey moved to Washington, D.C. in 2017. He surrendered his life to Christ as a junior at Liberty University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. 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 and later to work a year-long pastoral residency at McLean Bible Church. That season of life gave him more in-depth insight into worship leading, scriptural study, and event planning at a mega-church. As the residency came to an end, God provided Carey the opportunity to apply his experience to the opposite end of the spectrum with church planting. Carey now leads the worship ministry and oversees the administration of Pillar DC!