Trace Martinez

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, 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 as an elder and rotating teaching pastor at Generation Church North Oceanside. Trace holds a B.A. in Music from Thomas Edison State University and an M.A. in Music Education from Boston University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gateway Seminary.


Michael Young

Michael Young and his wife, Audrey, have been married since 2001 and have two children, Gabriel and Hannah. Michael proudly served in the U.S. Air Force 9 nine years. During his time in the Air Force, Michael graduated from Bible College in Los Angeles. After separating from the USAF, he was licensed and ordained and entered full time ministry serving as associate Pastor and Worship Leader. Michael holds a B.A. in International Business from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA from Syracuse University.


Mark Miller

Mark and his wife, Jo Anne, have been married since May of 1993. They have three sons: Zachary (1998), a Marine currently stationed at Camp Pendleton; Brandon (2000), a welder; and Matthew (2003), a high school student who loves to bake. Mark grew up in Genoa, Ohio, and enlisted in the USAF from 1987-1991. On May 11, 1988, while stationed at Torrejon AFB in Spain, Mark came to know Christ as his personal Saviour at age 18. Mark felt the Lord leading him into full-time ministry and completed Bible college in December 1995. In February 1996, Mark was called to pastor Temple Baptist Church in Middle Island on Long Island, New York; during his 17 years as pastor of TBC, he earned a MAR in Biblical studies and a MDiv in Chaplaincy through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In January 2013, the Lord moved their family to New Jersey where Mark not only served as an assistant pastor at GraceWay Bible Church, but also began serving in the Navy reserves as a military chaplain. In June 2016 Mark was blessed with an active duty chaplaincy position with the Navy and has been serving since. Currently, he is serving as chaplain to the 1st Marine Recon Battalion at Camp Pendleton.


Deacon, Fight Club Coach

Carmen Aponte

Carmen was born and raised in New York. She considers herself a "New York Rican" since her family is from Puerto Rico. She has raised five children, all grown now, and has 14 grandchildren. Carmen moved to California in 2018 for the purpose of being available to her Marine son and his friends. She also works on Camp Pendleton at the Lincoln Military Housing office and works directly with military families.

Carmen presently serves in the Children's ministry, hospitality team and leads the Ladies' Ministry and is a Fight Club coach. Carmen especially loves the Children and Youth ministries and believes it is vital to the life of the church. Her prayer is that God will make Himself real to them through His Word and Spirit before they reach adulthood.

Carmen says, "It is a privilege to serve people as unto the Lord and see God change hearts". She strives to glorify the Father and to be a living epistle that others may see as it states in 2 Corinthians 2:3 "You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men."

Deacon, Church Logistics Ministry Leader

John Martin

John is originally from New Haven, CT and served as a United States Marine for 22 years. He and his wife, Jacque married in 2003 and together they have 4 adult children, Vincent, Dante, Sean and Heidi, and one grandson, Jackson. John has been a Sr. Mortgage Banker for RWM Home Loans for the past 15 years. John is a leader of Church Logistics, which includes the church trailer, setup team, and audio visual teams. He says, "I really enjoy serving others by being a part of a welcoming environment and helping to make sure others are being able to connect in every aspect of our service."

John is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Deacon, Guest Services Ministry Leader

Jacque Martin

Jacque Martin is a native Californian, born in Redding and and grew up in Huntington Beach. She has been married to her husband, John, since Feb 2003. They have a blended family of 4 children: Sean, who is married to Alicia (both school teachers) with grandson Jackson, Heidi, who lives in Carlsbad and is an instructional aide for Special Ed classes, Vincent who is married to Priscilla (both active duty Marines), and Dante who lives in New Jersey with his mom. Jacque has a degree in marketing, and is a sale executive for Brown and Bigelow selling promotional products.

Jacque started Pillar's amazing Hospitality Team with John (they are 1 of the 2 original founding families of Pillar Oceanside), and she is currently the leader of the Guest Services area which includes, Hospitality, and Welcome Team, as well as several other auxiliary teams. She says, "I have loved seeing Pillar Church grow. Doing hospitality has provided me the opportunity to speak with and get to know people. (Almost everyone stops at the table to get something!) It is exciting to see how the team has grown and how others that have the passion like mine have come together."
Currently, Jacque's favorite Bible verse is Galations 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Deacon, Set-up Team Leader

Robert Cale

Robert is the leader of the Set-Up Team, an essential ministry in the life of Pillar Church, as we set up and tear down for service each week. He is a retired Marine who served as a Combat Engineer for 21 years, and is from San Diego, CA. He is married to his beautiful wife, Emily, and has four children, Trystan 23, Tayler 20, Taryn 19, and Josslyn 13. Robert currently works as the Aftercare Manager for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, a non-profit organization that helps veterans deal with the traumas life. His main focus within Mighty Oaks is counseling men from a biblical approach.

Robert says, " I love serving at Pillar Church because it is serving for a bigger purpose, something bigger and better than myself. It is serving family, friends, and community. The Christ-like environment that exists at Pillar is contagious, and I want to submit to God and do my part in promoting that Christ-like environment. Setting up the Church for worship is a great way to do to accomplish that goal. All of us who set up strive to provide a place where anyone who steps into that place will feel that it is a place where worshipping the Almighty God can and will happen."

Robert is currently attending Biola University, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biblical Counseling. He has a passion for counseling people utilizing the Word of God. The Scriptures supernaturally save, transform, and heal people.

Galatians 6:14

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Deacon, Sound Team Leader

Jacob Cartier

Jacob is an active duty infantry Marine married to his lovely wife, Charlsie. He was born in Colorado but would argue his true roots are in the North Idaho mountains, where his love for the outdoors was cultivated. When not working, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife, training their German Shepherd, and working on garage projects. He hopes to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.

Jacob is over the Sound Ministry, maintaining the sound quality for the service. He believes it is important to represent sound in such a way that honors the Lord; not to make our voices heard, but to ensure His voice is the focus of every gathering of the church.

Deacon, Welcome Team Leader

Charlsie Cartier

Charlsie claims beautiful North Idaho as home, where she met the love of her life while working as a stunt performer at the Inland Northwest’s largest theme park. She and Jacob have been married since July of 2017, shortly after he joined the Marine Corps. Charlsie is an active homemaker and loves all things creative and from scratch. She is the mother of two fur babies, and hopes the Lord will bless them with human babies one day as well.

Charlsie is the leader of the Welcome Team, where she loves working alongside others to warmly greet newcomers and regular attendees alike. The Welcome Team is often the first set of faces seen when someone walks into service, and Charlsie feels it is their critical job to love on members and visitors the way Jesus does.

A verse close to her heart is Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Ministry Leaders

Worship Leader

Audrey Young

Audrey Lee Young was born in New Orleans, LA, raised in Atlanta, Ga, but considers herself a Californian. She and her husband Michael moved to San Diego county in 2002 after meeting in the United States Air Force and have lived there ever since. They have two teenage children.
 Audrey graduated from ministry school in the early 2000's and went on to earn an Associates Degree in Music Performance with and emphasis in voice.
Audrey began serving as a worship leader in 2012 and has been the worship leader at Pillar Oceanside since 2016. 

Communications Director, Children and Family Ministries Director, Women's Ministry Leader

Kristy Martinez

Kristy is originally from Roswell, NM and has been married to her husband, Trace since 1997. They have 2 children, Adrian, a music composition major at UCSD, and Kiana, a history major at UCSB. Kristy is a veteran Marine, has BA in Early Childhood Education Administration, and is working towards her MA in Theological Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kristy oversees the Children and Family Ministries, Women's Ministry, serves as Pillar Church's Communications Director, and she also heads up our KidsGames outreach each year. Kristy loves Pillar Church and the culture of quick, but meaningful, lasting, and effective connection. She says, "Given the transient nature of our congregation, we may only have people for a season. It's so important to get them plugged in, love them as hard as we can for however long we have them, and prepare them for their next mission in the Kingdom, all while pointing them constantly back to the Cross." Kristy's go-to scripture is Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Church Logistics Ministry Leader

Brian Johnson

Brian is originally from Kansas City, MO, but has been a California native for decades. He is married to his lovely wife, Arlene, and has 5 children, Derik, Cherisse, Talal, Brandy, and Mika. Brian is the lead custodian at Del Rio Elementary and has been with the school for over 30 years. Brian is a true picture of servant leadership, and some of the things he loves about serving at Pillar and specifically in his ministry is "the preparation for service, making sure everyone has what they need so they can serve, and I love interacting with all the guests and members."

Brian's favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27: 2-4,

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

Seedlings & Saplings Children's Ministry Leader

Meagan Courson

Meagan is a proud California native. She has been married to her husband, David since 1996. Together they have one daughter, Grace, who is 19. She works as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care.

Meagan is the leader of the Seedlings (Birth- 2yrs old) and Saplings 3-5yr old) ministries. She says, "I love my church family here at Pillar Oceanside, and I love serving in the Children’s Ministry. I enjoy seeing the children grow and want to be a part in teaching them how much God loves them and how they can love God and others."

Meagan has several favorite Bible verses, but one she especially holds dear is "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2: 8-9

Trailer Team Leader

Zachary Miller

Zachary is from Ridge, NY and is an active duty Marine. He is married to his lovely wife, Megan and is working towards his associates degree. He loves being part of Pillar Church because of its small church/family environment.

Zachary is the leader of the Trailer Team, which, just as the name suggests, serves to move our "church in a box" to and from Del Rio Elementary each Sunday. As a Motor T Marine he says, "I think it's awesome that my military job relates to my ministry." Zachary's favorite scripture is Galatians 6:8-9, "For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."