Dr. Dillon T. Thornton holds a BA from Leavell College, an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School, and a PhD in New Testament from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He has over fifteen years of diverse ministry experience. Dillon has shepherded churches in the southeastern part of the U.S. and on the south island of New Zealand. He has preached and spoken at conferences throughout the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, and even once spoke in the city of Invercargill, New Zealand, the location of the world’s southernmost Starbucks. In his preaching, teaching, writing, and other aspects of pastoral work, Dillon seeks to equip the saints for the work of ministry. His desire is to see every believer in Jesus Christ participate faithfully in God’s gracious plan to create a people for his own possession, from every tribe and language and nation. Dillon and his wife, Jamie, have two boys. They enjoy running, hiking, reading C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and quoting their favorite movies. For more information, visit Dillon’s blog.
Greg is the “second in command” man who desires to see people come alive as they take risks of faith. We think he’s a little of a spiritual daredevil. He loves people (i.e. likes to talk) and works hard to give opportunities for connection so others can share their faith and engage effortlessly with people of different backgrounds. Originally from California, he often wonders “where did all of the people go?”… But does all he can to find them. He loves to learn, bike, hike, ski (and did we mention, talk?), and spend time with his wife and three sons. When he’s not filling in as a preacher, he’s strategizing with teams on how to engage in mission, mobilize men and disciple adults. His tools of choice are his tablet, Kindle, cell phone and mouth (he loves words).
Coming to Greeley from Washington State, Marvin has been leading the Worship Arts ministry at Cornerstone Community Church since 2006. He has a passion to see people use their gifts in music and arts ministry and has a gift himself of joining generations in worship together. He leads the vision of commitment at Cornerstone Community Church, to see all ages involved in a variety of art forms and worship leadership. You will often hear Marvin humming and singing in the office as he prepares music. He brings a diligence and warmth to the team. Marvin is a graduate of Biola University, is married to Linda and has two daughters, all of whom are gifted in music.
Linda came to Cornerstone Community Church in 2002 after serving in several church staff positions in Estes Park, CO and Webster, TX. After some great youth ministry years, Linda now oversees the “care and community life” areas of the church as well as women’s ministry. We chuckle about the sign on her desk that reads “Director of Mood Swings”. She joyfully serves the older members of our faith community (who are really just an older youth group). Connecting people to the heart of Jesus and one another is her passion, as well as her family of three grown daughters, three great sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Linda is always on the go, laughs easily and definitely has the gift of encouragement. It is not uncommon for her to be making rounds in the city to spread love to those in our church family who need a cheerful word, or partner in prayer. Her joyous spirit is contagious. She enjoys entertaining, facilitating Bible study and many a weekend includes taking in a movie!
Donny is passionate about helping adolescents connect with Jesus. He loves the uniqueness that is the teenage years. Donny is gifted in administration (the ability to bring quiet to chaos) and loves to create fun and stability in ministry settings with teenagers. He grew up in Oregon, went to college in California, and served in two churches in Washington State before making Greeley his home in 2008. He is married to Roxanna and has two children, Jalen and Hannah. His tools of choice: all things Google and Apple, Evernote, Spotify, coffee and a Frisbee. Donny is a great fit, bringing his own quirkiness as he helps our teens in their own pursuit of Jesus.
Zoe has a heart of gold and enjoys loving kids into the Kingdom. Her calling is to place her little friends' hand into the Master's hand. She jokes that she worships with really short people, uses cheesy kid’s music and loves every minute of it! The Windy City holds her roots but she has blossomed in Greeley. Most days, a hug and a grande soy chai, no water, no foam, one pump pumpkin spice, extra hot, can get her through any day! The Lord gave her a heart for kids while she was still a kid herself. Her experience spans many places and platforms; public, private, home and church education. The children of Cornerstone Community Church are blessed to have her loving and leading each week!
Julie has been our Church Business Administrator since early 2000 and has been involved in church work her entire life. Coming from a varied work background, she is always excited to see how the Lord brings all experiences together in her calling at Cornerstone. Organization is a big thrill for her and she manages all the business and facility aspects of the church. A Michigan native, the Great Lakes still runs through her veins, but she is happy to call Colorado her home for over 40 years. Married to John, they have 2 married sons and 2 grandchildren (so far). She enjoys camping with her husband, hiking, reading and visiting the Michigan beach. The staff “mom,” Julie loves this church and the staff she serves with.
T.J., a Colorado Native, has sometimes been called “the man behind the curtain.” He first started working with production technology through theater in high school. Pursuing that passion with campus ministries in the early years of college, he was able to get connected to the same tech field at various churches, eventually coming to Cornerstone as a consultant for events. This work grew to include helping with services, to overseeing all aspects of audio/visual technology for the church, and slowly folding in computer and networking tech. A man of many hats, T.J. also owns a coffee shop in the area, assists and consults with other churches, and likes to eat for fun. His favorite color is purple, he loves his mother, and he has many paintings done by his fiancé, Joni.