Colby and his wife Annie have been married since 2001 and have four daughters: Haley, Darcy, Gracie and Penelope. Colby serves as pastor of Pillar Church of Dumfries, VA. Before coming to Pillar, Colby served as an associate pastor at Stafford Baptist Church (the church that planted Pillar Dumfries) and then as a missionary with the International Mission Board for two years in Iceland.
Upon returning from Iceland in 2010, Colby was instrumental in the formulation of the Praetorian Project as he re-entered pastoral ministry at Pillar Dumfries and prepared the church to send out the first two church plants in the Project. Colby saved our work together from the title, “Ooh-rah Initiative” by providing the name, “Praetorian Project”.
Colby holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies (Liberty University) and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics (Biola University).
Brian lives in Jacksonville, NC with his wife, Kelli, and five children: Dani, Kristlyn, Trey, Nate, and Ameena. Brian served for nearly 10 years as an active duty Marine that included deployments to fifteen countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in Quantico, VA in 2010 and attending Pillar Church of Dumfries, Brian was called to plant Pillar Church of Jacksonville. During this time, the idea for the Praetorian Project began in the minds of several of our pastors.
In May of 2019, Brian began a transition from full-time pastoring with Pillar Jax to the role of Executive Director of The Praetorian Project.
Brian holds an M.Div. in Biblical Counseling (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020). He has a passion for preaching God’s Word, leadership, and counseling marriages.
Trace Martinez and his wife, Kristy, have been married since 1997 and have two children: Adrian and Kiki. Trace proudly served as a U.S. Marine for 20 years and retired in 2016, and Kristy is a veteran Marine of 4 years. Before planting with Pillar Church of Oceanside, Trace has been involved in ministry in a number of churches all over the country, including various worship settings, youth pastor, men’s ministry leader, and teaching pastor.
Trace holds a B.A. in Music (Thomas Edison State University) and an M.A. in Music Education (Boston University). He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity (Gateway Seminary).
Jonathan and Linnea were married in 2004. God has blessed them with three children, Emma, Johnny, and Owen. In February of 2013 Jon and his family moved to Jacksonville, NC, to join the team working together to plant Pillar Church of Jacksonville. One year later Pillar Jacksonville sent the Ransoms to Oceanside, CA, to partner with the Martinez family for the purpose of planting Pillar Church of Oceanside. In early 2016, Pillar Church of Oceanside sent the Ransoms to Japan to plant Pillar Church of Okinawa. Therefore, Jon has been one of the planting pastors in three Praetorian Project churches.
Jon holds an M.Div. (Baptist Bible Seminary).