Elders (or pastors) are biblically qualified men who oversee the local church, particularly through teaching God’s Word, praying, caring for church members, and training members to do the work of ministry. These are the men our congregation has recognized as elders.


– Ephesians 4; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3


Planting Pastor

Mike Garlem

Mike grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia graduating from Oakton High School, Vienna VA .Being led to Christ as a freshman in high school and discipled by his youth pastor, God gave Mike a heart for the lost. Mike began to serve in a number of capacities in the church. Mike met his wife Anna while attending Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland and they married in 2000. They have two boys, Jackson (13) and Elliot (11). Mike has owned 3 construction companies over the years and spent over 20 years as a residential home builder and remodeling contractor. He is an outdoorsman, enjoying mountain biking, fishing, hunting and trains in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mike served in youth ministry for 17 years and in 2015 he joined the staff at Colonial Baptist Church in Stafford, VA under the leadership of his father-in-law, Mickey Creed. Mike spent 3 years as assistant pastor and 2 years as senior pastor after the retirement of his father-in-law. Currently, Mike is a Church Planting Resident at Pillar Church of Dumfries, VA, with a great desire to see the lost of Stafford come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Planting Pastor

Ted Vinatieri

Ted has enjoyed thirty years of pastoral ministry in three churches from Pennsylvania to Virginia. His passions are teaching the Word, mentoring men, counseling, and hospitality evangelism.

While in college,Ted was saved and transformed by the good news of Christ. After graduation, he worked in communications and insurance for ten years before pursuing his MDiv. from Westminster Seminary in Escondido, CA. Ted and Genean have been married 41 years and have three adult daughters and one grandchild, with more coming!

Planting Elder

Dale Hutchinson

Dale “Hutch” Hutchinson is an Elder at Pillar Church of Dumfries and is also serving as a Planting Elder at Pillar Church of Stafford. Hutch gave his life to the Lord when he was 8-years old in Western Pennsylvania and has always had a passion for sharing the Gospel and for the Care of others. Hutch met his wife, Nancy, while employed at the Central Intelligence Agency and were married in 1995. They have one daughter (Vanessa) and two boys (Matthew and Brent). Hutch has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and is currently a Senior Executive in the Department of Defense at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Hutch and Nancy enjoy traveling, hiking and fishing together.

Mike and Ted met in a local pastor’s fellowship and expressed their interest of partnering for ministry effectiveness. This began a year-long investment of discussion and prayer which culminated in coming under the care of Pillar Church of Dumfries, VA and association with the Praetorian Project. Through the residency program and elder oversight at Pillar Church, the necessary vetting and training have now validated their calling to partner and plant Pillar Church of Stafford.