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



Daniel Carter

Daniel and his wife, Rachelle, have been married since 2017 and have a beautiful baby girl (Ruby). Daniel proudly served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2011 to 2016. He has a bachelors in Criminal Justice from California State University Fullerton and has attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel and Rachelle served as the ministry team leaders for Cru (Campus Crusade) Military ministry at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton from 2016-2019. They became members at Pillar Church of Oceanside in 2017 where Daniel was voted in and affirmed as an elder by the congregation. In this role, Daniel and Rachelle both felt the Lord leading them to take steps of obedience toward planting another Pillar Church in San Diego. Daniel is most passionate about leading the church to reach the lost, make disciples, and empowering them to live on mission together.


Gabe Martin

Gabe Martin and his wife, Misty, have been married since 2006 and have two children, Ross and Lily. Gabe proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years. While still in the Navy, Gabe began his seminary training and also served in a variety of ministries, including mission work, leading community servant-evangelism teams, serving on the worship team, teaching Pre-K Bible lessons, and various preaching roles. After leaving the military to pursue full-time ministry, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. Before coming to Sand Diego to plant Pillar Church, Gabe served as a pastor in East Texas.

Ministry Leaders

Worship Leader

Adrian Martinez

Adrian grew up in a military household that moved frequently and saw firsthand the value and importance of a strong Christian community for military families. He has also been part of church plants for the last 10 years and was previously a member at Pillar Oceanside. He was sent out from there as part of Pillar San Diego’s core team. Adrian has a passion for transformative and devotional worship through music and a heart for reaching the lost in his community. He has a B.A. in Music Composition from UCSD, and currently teaches percussion and writes music for Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego.