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



Roy Garza

Pastor Roy oversees preaching, teaching, and vision for Pillar Church. Roy and his wife, Cassandra, have been married since 2000 and have three daughters.

He served 11 years in the Marine Corps before entering ministry as a pastor and church planter. His passion for serving the Lord and ministering to the military came together when he began planting churches with the Praetorian Project––a military church planting network.

In 2017, Roy moved his family from Virginia to Twentynine Palms after sensing the Lord calling him to the area to plant Pillar Church. Roy is a graduate of Liberty University and is completing an M.Div. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Ben Cartwright

Pastor Ben Cartwright oversees the Worship Ministry as well as the  Children & Youth Ministries. He and and his wife Amie have been married since 2011 and have been blessed with three wonderful boys – Levi, Declan, and Harrison.

He felt God instill in him a passion to serve in ministry when he was still in high-school and has since had the privilege to participate in the planting of several churches. In 2017 Ben moved his family from Virginia to Southern California to plant and pastor a church here in 29 Palms.