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

Washington, D.C.
Pillar DC

Eastern North Carolina
Pillar Jacksonville

Southern California
Pillar Oceanside
Pillar Twentynine Palms

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.


A typical service is finished by 11:30 am. We provide light refreshments immediately after the service to encourage fellowship. Those who wish to help put away the chairs and supplies do so, while others tend to stay after to spend time discussing the sermon or events from the past week over a cup of coffee.


The music we sing at Pillar Church is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at Pillar, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.


What about my kids?

Our Kids Ministry will seek to provide fun, faith-nurturing activities that fit their needs and support family discipleship. Kids program classes for kids from birth-5th grade run simultaneously with the sermon each Sunday morning.

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. Pillar is a part of a small 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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