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Elder - Teaching Pastor

Mike Garlem

Mike serves as the teaching pastor at Pillar Church of Stafford. Mike met Anna while attending Washington Bible College in 1998. They have been married since 2000 and have two teenage boys, Jackson and Elliot. Mike has been a carpenter since he was a teenager and has owned several construction companies. Mike served in multiple areas of ministry through the years: music, building and grounds maintenance, youth, and teaching. Mike’s passion is to see lives fully shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ. In his limited free time, Mike enjoys watching his boys play basketball, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and training Brazilian JiuJitsu.

Elder - Care

Dale “Hutch” Hutchinson

Hutch serves as an elder of care and counseling and finance. He’s been married to Nancy for 27 years and they have three adult children, Vanessa, Matthew, and Brent. Hutch will retire in September of 2023 after 46 years of federal service including the USAF, CIA, and NGA. Hutch and Nancy joined Pillar Dumfries in 2016 where Hutch served as an elder. They then joined the core team at Pillar Stafford and have been serving since that time. Hutch and Nancy care deeply for others and both partner in discipleship and counseling for those in need. They are trained through the Biblical Counseling Foundation and Nancy has a CCEF background. The Hutchinsons love to travel and are looking forward to traveling much more during retirement. Hutch dabbles in plastic models.


Dale Manry

Dale serves as an elder at Pillar Stafford. He has been married to Mugs since 1990 and they have four adult children, Josiah, Gabe, Abigail, and Zeke. Dale manages our website, leads worship, and serves on our tech team. Dale served in the Army and retired after 23 years of service. He currently works as Office Director at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and has worked there for 13 years. Dale was born and raised in the church. He and Mugs have served in many different church capacities throughout their marriage. Dale served as an elder at New Life Community Church for about 10 years before moving to Pillar Dumfries to prepare for the launch of Pillar Stafford. Dale enjoys running, various crafts, and baking bread.


David Southerland

David Southerland has served as an elder since May of 2023. He and his wife, Kristin, have been married since 2010. They have five children: Reagan, Emrey, Joanna, Walter, and Cora. David is currently working on his MDiv in Biblical Counseling. He has served as an officer in the Marine Corps for 20+ years. David served as an elder at Pillar Okinawa before coming to Pillar Stafford. He has over 10 years of experience leading small groups and Bible studies. David enjoys fishing, hiking, and exercising in his free time.


David White

In addition to serving as an Elder, David serves in our music ministry and he and his wife Mallory teach children’s church. He and Mallory have been married since 2010 after meeting while working at a Christian camp in Georgia. They have five children, Zackery, Selah, Serah, Shiloh, and Beth. David is currently serving in the Marine Corps as an aviation logistician. He was raised in a gospel-centered home and church and has served through the years as a Sunday School Teacher, on worship teams, in youth and college ministries, and as a camp counselor and small group leader. David enjoys camping, hunting, and any activity in or near the woods and water.


Deacon of Building & Grounds

John Beiswanger

John Beiswanger serves as Pillar Stafford’s Deacon of Building & Grounds. John met his wife Lynne at college and they have been married since 1982. They have raised five adult children: Mark, Corey, Cody, Tyler, and Katie. John served in the Marine Corps for 20 years and has spent the last 20 years as a defense contractor. John has been coordinating building cleaning and the grounds team since the launch of Pillar Stafford in 2021. He also helped develop and coordinate the initial Emergency Action Plan. In his free time, John enjoys exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.


Kids Ministry Leader

Karen Blakemore

Karen is the director of Pillar Stafford Kids ministry. She has been married to Jon since 2002 and they have three teenagers, Michael, Kate, and David. Karen is a registered nurse with a patient care background in the ICU. She currently works in hospital leadership to improve quality and patient outcomes. Karen came to know Christ as a child in children's ministry, which is one of the reasons she is passionate about teaching and showing the gospel to children. The Blakemores have served in various ministries before becoming part of the core team that started Pillar Stafford. Karen enjoys reading and spending time with her family in her downtime.

Kids Ministry Intern

Becky Gee

Becky is serving as our first-ever children’s ministry intern. She’s learning all the ins and outs of working and running a loving and caring environment for children to learn the gospel. Becky has worked with children for many years–working in the nursery, as an Awana leader, as a preschool teaching assistant at a Christian school, preschool teacher at a Christian school, summer camp counselor, daycare teacher, and supervisor. She took a brief break from working with children and worked at a pet store, but quickly realized that it wasn’t the job for her! She is currently working as a bus driver for the Stafford County Public School system. In addition to her current role as an intern, Becky has served in the nursery and the connections team at Pillar Stafford. Becky loves road trips, crafting, spending time with family and friends, music, and any kind of adventure!

Connections Team Ministry Leader

Manny Carabis

Manny heads up our Connections Team at Pillar Stafford and serves on our AV team. He and his wife, Faith, have been married for 25 years. They have two children, Michael and Grace. Manny retired from the military after serving for many years. Manny has been a Christian for five years and has served at various churches for many years. He has been with us at Pillar Stafford since our launch in August of 2021. In his downtime, Manny enjoys making things and spending time with his family and friends.

Music Director and PCS Admin

Anna Garlem

Anna serves as the Music Director and Church Admin (a catch-all position that includes a little bit of everything–social media, church-wide communication, maintaining the church calendar, setting up events, and other miscellaneous things). She met her husband, Mike, at Washington Bible College. They have been married since 2000. They have two teenage sons, Jackson and Elliot. In addition to her church roles, Anna teaches piano lessons from her home. She has also worked as a school music teacher, church music director, and church admin in a previous church. She has served in the church since she was a teenager, both as a volunteer and a staff member. Anna enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking, and reading in her free time.


Nancy Hutchinson

Nancy has served as Bookkeeper at Pillar Stafford since our inception. She and her husband, Hutch, have been married since 1995. Since they met at work, she says that was the best thing about working for the government! Together they have three adult children–Vanessa, Matthew, and Brent. Nancy spent time working for the federal government in the intelligence field, but her job as a stay-at-home mom was a lot harder than collecting intel. Nancy has lots of interests including photography, watercolor painting, reading, traveling, and fishing. And she loves campfires!

Youth Ministry Leaders

Harrison & Hannah Heim

Harrison and Hannah serve as youth leaders at Pillar Stafford where they help lead discussions during the lesson and in small groups as well as help set up and coordinate ministry outreach projects for the youth group. Harrison and Hannah have been married since March 2022. Harrison attended the Virginia Military Institute where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He serves as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps. He has served in various ministries at church including as an usher, connections team, and with the youth. Harrison enjoys biking, hiking, running, and most sports and outdoor games. Hannah has a degree in music education from James Madison University and recently worked in Prince William County as a music teacher. Hannah has served in music ministry since the age of 12. She loves to read, exercise, and hike in her free time.

Youth Ministry Leaders

Phil & Katlyn Williams

Phil and Katlyn serve as youth group leaders at Pillar Stafford where they enjoy leading our teens in exploring God’s Word and seeing how He has called us to live. Phil and Katlyn have been married since 2016. They are brand-new parents to their adopted son, Isaac. Phil is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and is a Captain in the Marine Corps. He currently works as Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Shooting Team. Katlyn is a graduate of Liberty University and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She has served as a volunteer in children’s ministry through the years as an AWANA leader, in VBS, Sunday School, and BSF School Program. Phil and Katlyn have been involved in Pillar Churches since 2016 attending Pillar Jacksonville, Pillar Hawaii, and Pillar Okinawa. Phil enjoys cycling (especially mountain biking), competitive marksmanship, board games, and coffee. Katlyn enjoys photography, being outdoors, and serving her church family.


Church Planting Apprentice

Kale Davis

Kale joined Pillar Stafford as Church Planting Apprentice in 2023. He describes his role as to love Jesus and assist the church to do the same. He and his wife, Kristlyn, were married in July of 2023. Kale has been involved in the Pillar Network since its inception in 2005. He has been a participant in about 7 church plants since that time. Kale enjoys spending time with his friends and family and enjoys sports (especially basketball).