PILLAR STAFF MEMBERS
 

 
 
  Zach Nelson, MDiv Executive Director Zach 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. Email Zach

 

Zach Nelson, MDiv
Executive Director

Zach 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.

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  Matt Rogers, PhD Network Strategist Matt 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. Email Matt

 

Matt Rogers, PhD
Network Strategist

Matt 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.

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  Kevin Simmons, MS Communications Director Kevin graduated from The College at Southeastern Seminary in 2008, with his Bachelors in Biblical Studies.  While living in Raleigh, Kevin and his wife, Julie, were members at Open Door.  Since graduating, he has served as a graphic artist, educational manager, and on staff at a Pillar Network church plant, overseeing their communications and digital media; while playing in the band and leading a small group.  During this time, the Lord further blessed their family with the births of their two children.  In 2017, Kevin completed his Masters in Marketing and Communications from Franklin University.  Ultimately, Kevin’s passion is to assist our church partners by developing high quality communications that can enhance our churches’ impact in their selected communities.  Email Kevin

 

Kevin Simmons, MS
Communications Director

Kevin graduated from The College at Southeastern Seminary in 2008, with his Bachelors in Biblical Studies.  While living in Raleigh, Kevin and his wife, Julie, were members at Open Door.  Since graduating, he has served as a graphic artist, educational manager, and on staff at a Pillar Network church plant, overseeing their communications and digital media; while playing in the band and leading a small group.  During this time, the Lord further blessed their family with the births of their two children.  In 2017, Kevin completed his Masters in Marketing and Communications from Franklin University.  Ultimately, Kevin’s passion is to assist our church partners by developing high quality communications that can enhance our churches’ impact in their selected communities. 

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  Cristina Bulzan, BS Financial Secretary Cristina 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. Email Cristina

 

Cristina Bulzan, BS
Financial Secretary

Cristina 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.

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  Kristy Bible, BS Events Coordinator Kristy is a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee.  There, she earned her undergrad in marketing and honed a sharp eye for detail, which is critical as an event planner.  Prior to joining Pillar, Kristy professionally led events for a pregnancy center and preschool.  Additionally, she has previous experience in other parachurch entities.  At Pillar, Kristy plans our 3 main annual events, helps with fundraising, volunteer recruitment and any other communicational needs that may arise.  Beyond working a busy schedule, Kristy is mom to 4 wonderful kids, and married to her husband Seth, who teaches at Southeastern Seminary.  Along with their family, they have resided in the Raleigh area for the last 16 years and are active members at Open Door.  Email Kristy

 

Kristy Bible, BS
Events Coordinator

Kristy is a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee.  There, she earned her undergrad in marketing and honed a sharp eye for detail, which is critical as an event planner.  Prior to joining Pillar, Kristy professionally led events for a pregnancy center and preschool.  Additionally, she has previous experience in other parachurch entities.  At Pillar, Kristy plans our 3 main annual events, helps with fundraising, volunteer recruitment and any other communicational needs that may arise.  Beyond working a busy schedule, Kristy is mom to 4 wonderful kids, and married to her husband Seth, who teaches at Southeastern Seminary.  Along with their family, they have resided in the Raleigh area for the last 16 years and are active members at Open Door. 

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