A Church Family for Military & Civilians

Pillar Church of Washington DC

The Praetorian Project

The Praetorian Project is an effort to multiply the gospel through the establishment of new churches in military communities around the world.

The churches are identified with their common name, Pillar Church. The goal is for military and civilians alike to find a church home at any Pillar Church they may encounter as they move from place to place.

Joining a church plant, helping plant a new Pillar Church, praying for the Pillar churches, or giving financial resources are all great ways to support the Praetorian Project.

Your Local Pillar Church

When & Where

Current Locations of Pillar Churches:

Northern Virginia 
Pillar Dumfries
Pillar Woodlawn
Pillar Stafford

Washington, D.C.
Pillar DC

Eastern North Carolina
Pillar Jacksonville
Pillar Topsail

Southern California
Pillar Oceanside
Pillar Twentynine Palms
Pillar San Diego

Pillar Okinawa


What to Expect


As we begin our time of worship, we sing several songs, offer prayers and hear Scripture read.
Preaching at Pillar Church is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around 30 – 40 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the sermon, we sing a song or two in response to what was preached and then close in prayer. Once a month, believers will partake in the Lord’s Supper.


A typical service is finished by 11:45 am. We encourage fellowship after the service and people tend to stick around to chat over coffee and refreshments.


The music we sing at Pillar Church is a blend of hymns and newer worship songs.  We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice. We believe the songs we sing teach our hearts about who God is and what He’s like, so we make an effort to choose songs with lyrics based on the truth of God’s Word.


What about my kids?

Our Kids Ministry seeks to provide fun, faith-nurturing activities that fit the needs of the children participating and support family discipleship. Kids program classes for kids from birth-5th grade run simultaneously with the sermon each Sunday morning. (Because of the impact of COVID-19, kids church has recently been modified to reduce risk)

All of our Children’s Ministry Workers have a recent clear criminal background check with Checkr on file with us and have been trained. We use a digital check in system with adhesive name tags that we stick directly to their clothing that matches a code printed on a card given to the parent or guardian who dropped off the child. We also have a two worker policy – meaning your kids are never left alone.

If you have any other questions for our staff and volunteers, don’t be afraid to reach out! We want to make sure your family has a great experience together.

What kind of church is Pillar?

Pillar is a Christian church made up of individuals from various denominational and religious backgrounds coming together as one church family in membership. Pillar is a part of a family of churches situated near military installations around the world called the Praetorian Project. We are also a part of the Southern Baptist Convention.


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