Pastors

  • Erik ness

    senior Pastor

    Erik started as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Family Church in March of 2022.  A youth pastor of 9 years and a transplant from Gurnee, IL, he has quickly fallen in love with small town America! He loves going on walks and jeep rides with his wife, Casey, and their son, Levi.  Erik and Casey welcomed their second son, Bennett, in October 2022.  Erik loves to focus his ministry on speaking Biblical truth in an engaging way while helping transform disciples who make disciples.


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  • collin nicholls

    next gen/family pastor

    Collin started as the Next Gen/Family Pastor of Cornerstone Family Church in January of 2021.  He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in December of 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Ministry Leadership. Since high school, Collin has always had a passion for serving Christ and serving teens.  Collin and his beautiful wife, Alissa, were married on New Year's Eve Day of 2022.  They enjoy serving together at Cornerstone Family Church and are eager to see what God has planned for their lives as well as for the future of our church.


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Staff

  • KATIE DODD

    children's ministry director

    Katie moved to Byron with her husband, Rich, and their two daughters in April of 2020.  They have been attending Cornerstone Family Church since November 2020.  Katie has served in Children’s Ministry- helping with teaching on Sundays and VBS, before becoming the Children’s Ministry Director.  She currently also serves as a greeter and as the leader of the Decorating Committee at Cornerstone.  Katie enjoys homeschooling her two children, being outdoors, hiking, and loves to read. Katie has a passion for the LORD and loves to teach and guide children to know their LORD who loves them and wants a relationship with them. 


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  • kim ness

    Office manager

    Kim has served Cornerstone Family Church as Office Manager since 2008; however Cornerstone has been home to Kim her entire life!  Over the years Kim has loved serving in Youth Ministry, Ladies' Ministry, and Children's Ministry.  Her preference is to work behind the scenes.  Kim loves being married to Steve.  Her interests include cooking, baking, trying new recipes, good food, traveling, and camping.  What Kim loves most is making memories with family and friends and being MooMa (Grandma) to her 4 adorable grandchildren!


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  • steve whitmer

    worship director

    Steve has served at Cornerstone as Worship Director since 2019.  Steve and Samantha have been married for 35 years and have 4 daughters.  Steve and Samantha have also been involved in home schooling and have served as foster parents. Through that time God has granted Steve with the ability to play at least 5 instruments including the drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and a singer.  Steve has been making music for over 40 years and has been involved in some form of ministry for over 25 years.


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  • tina abbasi

    custodian

    Tina has worked as Custodian at Cornerstone Family Church since 2003 and has attended Cornerstone since she was 9 years old! Tina was involved in the Youth Group during her teenage years, and as an adult has served in numerous areas of ministry including Nursery, Children's Church, Kid's Club, and VBS.  She has 3 boys that are her whole heart.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching her boys in all their sporting events.  She is, of course, their biggest fan!


Board of Directors

  • Jay hoover

    Church chairman

    *NON-VOTING MEMBER


  • JOHN BARTLETT

    EVANGELISM & DISCIPLESHIP


  • DOUG PALMER

    WORSHIP


  • RICK SNODGRASS

    BUILDING & GROUNDS


  • ERIK NESS

    SENIOR PASTOR


  • COLLIN NICHOLLS

    NEXT GEN/FAMILY PASTOR

    *non-voting member


  • KIM NESS

    SECRETARY

    *non-voting member


  • rich dodd

    FELLOWSHIP/Caring