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June 4, 2021

Pilar Is Christian Union’s Minister of Music

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor


Linnette Pilar has a heart for worship and a prayerful passion for New York City.

Pilar, executive assistant to Christian Union Founder and CEO Matt Bennett, is a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, a six-time Grammy-winning group of singers who minister in their home church and around the world.    

linnetteLinnette Pilar at Christian Union's Nexus Conference

At Christian Union, she also serves as a member of the Gospel of the Kingdom team, which hosts regular conferences in Manhattan. The last one (held virtually), featured Ken Fish of Orbis Ministries and was entitled “Signs and Wonders Beyond the Gospels.”

Pilar is excited about “Christian Union’s desire to see revival and spiritual awakening in our great city, our nation, and the world."

Born and raised in New York, Pilar has a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University and recently obtained her Master of Professional Studies in Urban Ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary/Nyack College (class of 2020). In addition to being a gifted and anointed worship singer, she also “has a strong desire to see souls liberated and transformed by the healing power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit.” At Christian Union events, you can often find her leading worship, encouraging fellow believers, and praying for those who are seeking healing or deliverance.

Christian Union’s recent Gospel of the Kingdom conference included sessions such as The Eternal Covenant of Signs and Wonders, The Letters of the New Testament, Early Church Witnesses, and Can Christians Be Demonized?

“The Gospel of the Kingdom Conferences are wonderful times of learning and impartation of the Holy Spirit,” Pilar said.

In the summer of 2020, Pilar represented Christian Union for a music video of "The Blessing" by Kari Jobe. Coordinated by LEAD.NYC, a parachurch organization, the video featured voices from over one hundred local churches. Based on Numbers 6:24-26 ("The Lord bless you, and keep you…"), The video was a prayer of peace and God’s presence over New York City, which was simultaneously coping with two calamities: the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest in the wake of the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis.

For the video, Pilar recorded a segment with students from CU Lumine, Christian Union’s leadership development ministry at Columbia University.

"I was beyond honored to be a part of the New York Blessing! What a gift to get to join my voice with so many other talented worshippers from the Greater New York City area,” she said.

In addition to worship and ministry endeavors, Pilar recently made her acting debut as an extra in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie, “In the Heights.” The musical, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play of the same name, centers on a bodega owner in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. “In the Heights” was directed by Jon. M. Chu, with music by Miranda, the creator and original star of Broadway’s “Hamilton.”

In the opening of Miranda’s Pulitzer, Grammy, and Tony-winning play, Alexander Hamilton, upon arriving in New York City, sings about “not throwin’ away my shot.” History certainly had its eyes on the man who would become one of founding fathers of the United States and the architect of our financial system. 

For Pilar, whether it's touring with the Brooklyn Tabernacle, appearing in a feature film, or ministering to people in her beloved Big Apple, she is making the most of using her God-given gifts for His glory—and certainly, not throwin’ away her shot.

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