Staff & Leadership

  • ERIK NESS

    Lead Pastor

    Erik started as the Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Family Church in March of 2022. A youth pastor of 9 years, and a recent transplant from Gurnee IL.  He is quickly falling in love with small town America!  He loves going on walks and jeep rides with his wife Casey and their 2 year old 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.

  • 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 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.

  • HEATHER WARD

    INTERIM Children's director

    Heather started as the Interim Children's Director of Cornerstone Family Church in January 2023.  As a lifelong Indiana resident, Heather and her husband, Mark, moved to Byron in 2019 when Mark took a new job in the area.  Heather and Mark have a total of 4 children - 2 adult sons and 2 school age children.  Heather has faithfully served at Cornerstone as a VBS teacher, in our Children's Ministry, and on the Praise Team before coming on staff.  In her free time, Heather enjoys home improvement projects, trips to Sweet Bean with friends, and her two dogs, Chloe and Stella.  Heather and Mark will be moving back to Indiana later this year, but Heather is excited to serve the families of Cornerstone, even if only for a short time! 


  • Kim ness

    Office Manager

    Kim has served Cornerstone as Office Manger 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!

  • Steve Whitmer

    Praise team Director

    Steve has served at Cornerstone as Praise Team Director for over 3 years. Steve and Samantha have been married for 35 years and have 4 daughters ranging in age from 17 to 35. Two are married, with children, one is in college and one still at home. Steve and Samantha have also been involved in Home Schooling and have served as Foster Parents. Through that time God has granted Steve the ability to play at least 5 instruments. Well that’s a good start anyway, any questions feel free to ask. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

  • Tina Abbasi

    Custodian

    Tina Abbasi has worked as Custodian at Cornerstone Family Church since 2003. Tina 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. Tina has three 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!