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Our Leadership

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"And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ ..." - Ephesians 4:11-12

Senior Pastor:  MANNY ROCHA

Beginning his ministry at Cornerstone in 1991, Manny held the positions of Youth Pastor and Pastor of Disciplemaking before being installed as Senior Pastor on May 7, 2000. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area, Manny earned his Bachelor's degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois and his Master's degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Ann have been married since 1981 and they are blessed to have four adult children and twelve grandchildren.

Pastor of Family Ministries:  JONATHAN WIESE

Jonathan is originally from Minnesota and loves being outdoors and playing sports. He moved to Chicago in 2011 to attend Moody Bible Institute. After graduating from Moody, he began attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to pursue his Master of Divinity. Jonathan is passionate about Family Ministry because it is a chance to disciple people of all ages to know and love Jesus. Jonathan and his wife Megan have been married since December 2010 and have two young sons. They enjoy family walks and time at local coffee shops together.

Pastor of Japanese Language CONGREGATION:  MIKIO MATSUZAWA

Mikio began serving at Cornerstone in 2017. After studying and earning Master's level theology degrees in Japan from Tokyo Biblical Seminary and Kobe Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mikio also earned a Master's degree from Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Since 2001, Mikio has served as a full-time pastor in several churches in Japan. He was born in Tokyo, Japan and then raised in Osaka, Japan. He and his wife Ruth have three children.

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES:  DANIEL FREDERICKSON

Originally from Maryland, Daniel came to Chicago to study Intercultural Studies and Children’s Ministry at the Moody Bible Institute. Daniel has over 10 years of experience working with children in small and large group settings, and is passionate about Children’s Ministry so that they may know and love the Lord Jesus. He and his wife Jesse recently celebrated one year of marriage, and in the future, they hope to move overseas to use their training to serve as missionaries. 

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC:  Mark Griffin

While a classical pianist by training and education, Mark's true delight is to make music that glorifies God and encourages people to sing. Since March of 2016, Mark has gathered together the musicians and vocalists of Cornerstone Church into a team whose main focus is to spread a passion for worshipping God through singing. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2005. In 2008, he earned his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Grace have been married since 2011 and have three daughters.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:  CLAUDIA VANCIU

Claudia is the administrative assistant for Cornerstone. She enjoys being creative, organizing, and spending time with loved ones. 

Our Elders

"Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood" Acts 20:28

The Elders of Cornerstone Church shepherd the flock by guarding, feeding, and overseeing those who have been entrusted to them. We praise God for these godly men called by God and approved by our congregation.

 Our Deacons

 "For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus." - 1 Timothy 3:13

The Deacons of Cornerstone serve our congregation by caring for the many physical needs of our buildings and grounds. We are grateful for these qualified men of character and dedication to our people.

Our Deaconesses

"I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well." - Romans 16:1-2

The deaconesses of Cornerstone serve the body in a variety of ways from planning wedding and baby showers to assisting with funeral needs for grieving families. They also keep areas of our church clean and tidy, prepare the elements for the Lord's Supper and provide meals for families in need.

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Thank you for joining us in praying for our Pastors, Staff, Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses as they serve our congregation and community!