Executive Director & Church Planting Mobilizer
Zach Nelson began serving The Pillar Network as the Executive Director in September of 2011. He and his wife Allison have three children, Tanner, Brayden, and Lexi. Zach is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Zach has been active in coaching pastors and planters in fundraising for the purpose of starting new churches and revitalizing dying churches since 2011. His ministry experience and passion for the local church combined with his commitment toward seeing healthy cooperation and association amongst local churches, businesses, and their membership is a defining characteristic of his leadership. Zach works alongside the Board of The Pillar Network to facilitate healthy cooperation amongst the member churches and partners of The Pillar Network.
Pillar Network Strategist
Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters, Corrie Noel, Avery Elizabeth, and Willa Quinn and one son, Hudson Emmett. Matt holds a Master of Arts in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern. He is the author of Aspire: Developing and Deploying Disciples in the Church, Seven Arrows: Aiming Bible Readers in the Right Direction, and Mergers: Combining Churches to Multiply Disciples.
Jenna DiPrima graduated from Clemson University in 2009 with a degree in English and received her Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2015. Prior to coming on staff with the Pillar Network, Jenna worked as the Assistant Director of Generation LINK for several years. Jenna and her husband Alex live in Mebane, NC and attend Grace Reformed Baptist Church.
Cristina Bulzan graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2001 with a degree in Psychology. She and her husband served in the mission field in Romania for eight years and have recently relocated to Raleigh. She has many years of financial and secretarial experience having been previously employed as a church financial secretary and bookkeeper of a few small businesses. Cristina, her husband, Andrei, and their three children, Daniel, Hannah and Abigail, attend Open Door and they desire to see the kingdom of God grow through personal evangelism and church planting.
Board of Directors
Dwayne Milioni has been the Senior Pastor at Open Door since 1999. He and his wife Kay moved to the Raleigh area from Virginia, where they both received Masters Degrees. Dwayne graduated with his Ph.D. from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, where he enjoys occasionally teaching classes in the area of counseling and preaching. Dwayne and Kay have four children: Cameron, Victoria, Derek, and Gabriel.
Bill Curtis, is the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church. He, along with his wife Lyla are a real blessing to the Cornerstone family. Their daughters, Cherie and Cassie attend North Greenville University. Dr. Curtis has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jeremy serves as the Associate Pastor at Crosspoint in Clemson, SC and College Pastor, Generation LINK Director. Jeremy has a passion for the next generation of spiritual leaders (2 Timothy 2:2) in the home and church. He also has a passion for the church to effectively evangelize the lost and disciple people to maturity in Christ.
Curtis has been the pastor of Hope since it began in 2003. He is married to his wife, Brandy and they have two children, Hannah and Brennan. He enjoys spending time with Brandy and the kids, reading, drinking lots of coffee and occasional games of pick-up basketball and flag football.
Advance Team Liaison
Tim Dale lives in Wilson, NC with his wife and best friend Carol. He recently retired from BB&T on 12-31-12 as CEO of BB&T Home Morgage. He was part of the core team that was called by God to plant Christ Community Church in Wilson, NC and was sent out from Open Door Church of Raleigh, NC. Tim serves as one of Christ Community’s elders.
Mike Dodson has served as a pastor and church planter strategist in the Northeast for over 15 years. Mike co-authored Comeback Churches with Ed Stetzer and has also published or edited numerous other books and articles. He is currently Associate Director of North American Church Planting and Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has an M.Div. from Mid-America Seminary and a D.Miss. from SBTS. Dr. Dodson is also currently serving a National Missionary with the North American Mission Board.
Ken has been the Lead Pastor of NewBranch Community Church in Dacula, Georgia since it began in 2008. He has been married to his bride Susan, since 1989. Susan teaches school and together they have four sons; one in college, one in the military, and two still in school. Ken has served as a pastor for over 15 years, has a strong passion for preaching and church planting, and enjoys all aspects of college athletics.