About Pillar Mortgage

We are here to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing mortgages. Our client-first approach lets us understand your needs and provide you with the best possible outcome. Whether you are building a home or a first-time home buyer, it’s all about “The Discovery”! Contact us for a free discovery call.


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Find out why so many customers choose Pillar Mortgage. Whether you are building a home or a first time home buyer, it’s all about “The Discovery”!

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Meet Our Team

Gerald (Jerry) Johnson Jr.

Gerald (Jerry) Johnson Jr.

VA Specialist

Cell: (402) 651-7928

NMLS #3522

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“I have been originating mortgage loans for over 15 years in the Omaha area. I was born and raised in Omaha; I love this town and the people Omaha attracts.

When I am not at Pillar Financial I love golfing, fishing, cooking in my stone pizza oven, and having a nice glass of wine. I have an even greater passion for serving people, whether it is at work, my neighborhood or my church.

I am blessed to work with my best friend Nancy, my lovely wife of over 26 years. I have 3 children; two of which are gifted in music and ministry. I am tone deaf and am not sure where their awesome talents came from! The third child, Boomer the Boxer, is hairy, slobbery, slightly overweight, loves to chase rabbits and squirrels, and thinks everyone is his best friend. They say dogs are a reflection of their owners and they are correct!”


Chris Ekeler

 VA Specialist

Cell: (402) 714-0889

NMLS #1127980

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“I have lived in the Midwest most of my life and I have always appreciate the hard-working culture the Midwest offers. In my younger years, I played hockey and chased my dream of someday becoming a professional hockey player! I even relocated to Colorado to chase that dream. Hockey taught me to outwork my competitors, move fast, and be decisive as my team members were always counting on me! When that dream ended, I moved back to Omaha and started a family. My wife and five lovely daughters share a passion of working hard, playing hard, loving hard, and serving others! Over the years, most of my work experience was in managing and even owning a business. The work was good but lacked validation for me and real impact on clients’ lives. Understanding that life is short, I knew I wanted my next career to make a difference, bless people, and change lives!

The mortgage industry meets my life goals with respect to both having a lasting impact and a responsibility to my clients’ personal and practical needs! I chose Pillar Financial Mortgage when I realized their company core values align with mine and have enhanced my vision for the future! Now I work hard, serve hard, love hard and play hard! As a man and a family, we have never been happier!”

Alex Guinan

Alex Guinan

Loan Originator/Processor

NMLS #1598643

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“I grew up in Missouri Valley, IA (just north of Council Bluffs) and have lived in the Omaha area since 2011. I have loved every minute of it! I love that Omaha is a very tight knit community and love the people I get to interact with on a daily basis! At Pillar Financial, I am a Loan Originator on the Guinan Team as well as the Head Processor. I am very blessed to work with my lovely wife and my father-in-law. I love being part of a team that helps others in what may be one of the biggest financial decisions they make.

When I am not in the office I love to golf, work on my house, and spend time with friends and family. My wife and I got married in 2016 and we love to go on adventures together as well as relaxing with our new puppy!”


Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Loan Processor

Office: (402) 592-6626

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“I grew up here, I raised my kids here, and I can appreciate the family atmosphere that seems to define this city. Here at Pillar Financial, we carry through with that same family atmosphere (yes, some of us are literally family!) But even if we are not all related by blood, we operate as a close-knit family and we would have it no other way!

I have been blessed to be a wife and stay at home mother! Now that my kids are grown, I am blessed to be a part of the Pillar team and support my husband Jerry as he leads this company! On a personal level, I enjoy worship at my church, especially when my kids are playing or singing, as well as gardening and leading women in our women’s ministry at church. I have a huge heart for people and love getting to work at a place where I can express that every day!”

Heather Burkhiser

Paula Paulson

Mortgage Loan Originator

Cell: (402) 210-5551

NMLS #254980

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I have lived in Nebraska all my life and mostly in the surrounding area near Omaha. There is something about Omaha that just resonates with the word “Hometown”.

I raised my 4 children here. They are all grown up and have their own families and have blessed me with 7 grandchildren. Spending time with family and friends brings joy and happiness to my life.

I am involved in church, and it is a very meaningful and important aspect of my life.
My extensive experience in the mortgage industry for 25 years showcases my in-depth knowledge, expertise, and dedication to this profession. Over the years I have navigated through various challenges and changes to the industry. I have always taken a proactive approach. I stay informed about market trends and mortgage loan products and have always prioritized customer satisfaction.