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Government of the Church

As a congregational church, we believe that the final authority to govern this church is given by Christ to the Congregation - that is to say, to those who collectively hold proper membership in this Church. The Congregation has decided to give authority to govern in its name to the Pastor(s), Elders, Deacons, and the Administrative Board. 
 
The Administrative Board is empowered by the church to make policy decisions within the framework of the Constitution.  Any matters, which fall outside of the boundaries set by the Constitution, must be approved by congregational vote.  The Administrative Board meets on a quarterly basis and the meetings are open to all members of the congregation. The minutes of each Board meeting are reviewed by the congregation at the Congregational Meetings.  The Congregational meetings are normally held once a quarter at the conclusion of the worship service on the second Sunday of the month.  All those who attend Cornerstone regularly, and those who are Covenant Members, should attend the Congregational Meetings.

Meet Our Elders

Role of Elders

The Elders share responsibility for general oversight of the spiritual well-being of the church.  They function as preachers, teachers and spiritual counselors whose responsibilities include prayer and ministry of the Word. To a very great degree, the work of the Elders is accomplished as a team. 
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Eli Shackelford, Lead Pastor
Eli came to us from K2 Church in Salt Lake City and became the Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Church in November 2015.  He faithfully serves the Lord with a deep passion for all people to know they are loved and have a place to belong long before they have a personal relationship with the Lord.
 
Brach Pulver, Youth Pastor
Brach joined our team in December 2016, coming all the way from Wisconsin. Success in youth ministry, for Brach, is having every kid that walks through our church’s door know that God loves them and He has died so that we can live. His goal is to bring kids the message that God seeks a relationship with them, which is life-changing, and that he (Brach) is to live out an example of this walk with Jesus that the youth will be drawn to.  He would also like to train kids within the youth program who could go out into the community and continue the work of Jesus by gaining followers. He believes there should be a healthy progression of leadership and development in our Youth ministry.
 
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Paul Owen
Paul has been attending Cornerstone for almost 10 years. He was born and raised in a polygamist cult,  the Kingstons, but as an adult he discovered the freedom and saving grace in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ.  Paul leads the Worship Service prayer team.
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 Lee Fuhrken
Lee has been worshiping at Cornerstone for 17 years.  During his time with us he has served as a Sunday School teacher, an "unofficial" mentor to youth boys, Deacon of Building and Grounds, Small Group leader, and was the leader of our Pastor Search Team.
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Leo Coonradt, Elder Emeritus
 Leo has been a vital part of Cornerstone for almost 30 years.  While Leo does not serve on the Elder Board as an elected official the church constantly seeks his wisdom, experience, advice and discernment.  He thus serves as our Elder Emeritus. 
 
Josh Speulda 
Josh Speulda
Josh has been attending Cornerstone for 12 years. He grew up in a Christian home in Portland, OR and was baptized as a child, but didn’t truly understand what being a Christian and living a Christian life meant until he went on his first mission trip to Tijuana in 1996. On that trip, God opened his eyes to how Christians are called to serve and love each other.  It was also in Mexico that he realized his passion for missions and his gifts for service and helps. During his years at Cornerstone Josh has been a Sunday School teacher, mission trip leader, kids club leader, and served as Deacon of Missions and Evangelism.

Meet Our Deacons

Role of Deacons

Historically in the Christian Church, when the workload of ministry becomes too great for the Elders to perform, or when the work to be performed falls outside the boundaries of "general spiritual oversight, " qualified Church members are elected to the office of Deacon for the performance of those ministries considered to be essential. 
 
Brian & Natalie Wade, Deacons of Missions and Evangelism
Responsibilities include educating, leading, enabling, and assisting the church in doing the work of missions and evangelism as in Matthew 28:19; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Acts 14:21-23; Revelation 5:9.
 
Brian & Natalie joined Cornerstone in November 2015. They believe a big part of being in full health, as a church, is through outreach and mission.  They believe this is the very heart, soul, and mind of God.  When asked what the great commandment is, Jesus said this: “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
 
Karen Thomas, Deacon of Church Finances
Responsibilities include all of the administrative needs of the Church, as pertains to the Church finances, are met in an efficient and expedient manner.
 
Karen has been attending Cornerstone since 1984.  During her time with us she has served as our Treasurer several times and has given her heart to many children's ministries.  She says, "Cornerstone is my extended family, this body of believers have helped shape who I am.  The integrity of our church, being financially responsible with all the Lord has blessed us with is extremely important to me, as we love and serve one another."
 
Pam Martin, Deacon of Worship
Responsibilities include ensuring that everything which is needed to conduct a proper and smoothly run worship service is in place and operating properly.
 
Pam has been attending Cornerstone since 1988.  For nearly four decades she has worked as Children's Teacher/Ministry Leader, Youth Leader, Deacon and Bible Study facilitator.   She longs for people to see the magnificence of the Kingdom of God that is found most fully in relationship with Jesus Christ, God's glorious Son.  She believes it is a privilege to serve the Lord by assisting the body of Christ at Cornerstone experience how fantabulous Jesus is through our corporate worship.
 
 
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Rickie Crandall, Deacon of Fellowship
Responsibilities include planning and implementing church-wide fellowship events to foster unity in the church and to provide a means by which a sense of community is established and maintained.
 
Rickie has been attending Cornerstone since 1992. In her time here she has served as a Youth leader, Sunday School teacher, Kids Club leader, Deacon of Christian Education, and currently serves as our Deacon of Fellowship with no desire to retire any time soon. Rickie's husband, John, works with Rickie in their Fellowship ministry. Rickie is also part of our Pastor Search Team.
 
 
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Richard Hammond, Deacon of Discipleship
Responsibilities include ensuring that facilities, equipment, curriculum and personnel necessary to carry out the church's Discipleship ministries such as Jr. Church, youth programs, adult small groups & Bible studies, and new believer mentoring programs are in place.
 
Richard has been attending Cornerstone for about 20 years.  During this time, he has taught Sunday School classes, lead Bible studies, given Sermons. He serves as an Elder and led our church's Spiritual Transformation team through Aubrey Malphurs' book, "Advanced Strategic Planning", and helped rewrite our Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Values.  For many years Richard has played guitar with the Worship Team, and served as an Elder.

 

 
 
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Roger Martin, Deacon of Buildings & Grounds
 
Roger has been attending Cornerstone since 1988.  During that time he has maintained or repaired just about everything you can think of in the church building and on the grounds. He and his wife, Pam, also work as our custodial staff.