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.
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.
Jenna recently graduated from UNC with a Master’s in Music, which brought her to Cornerstone in August 2014 by way of the Music Ministry Assistant position. Most of Jenna’s prior employment has been music and youth ministry related, serving at her home church, Village Presbyterian in Kansas City, Montreat Conference Center, and KidShine Performing Arts Camps. With a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design, she is a great fit for Communications at Cornerstone and is grateful to have found work at a place that has welcomed her with open arms here in Greeley. Jenna loves spending time outside, especially hiking up in the mountains, going on spontaneous adventures with friends and visiting her family in KC.
Joe has been with Cornerstone since 2007, after retiring from the Eaton School District. While at the school district, Joe was often called “The Hat Man” due to the various titles he held; Operations & Maintenance Director, Certified Pool Operator, Asbestos Inspector & Management Planner, and School District Safety Coordinator. He is also a certified Locksmith. Joe is proud to bring these various experiences to Cornerstone and has been instrumental in the facilities upkeep, repairs and upgrades to the church facilities. Married to Cecelia, they have a son and three grandchildren. When not serving as the “go to handyman,” he enjoys fishing, camping and hunting, though his favorite pastime is spent with his family. Joe loves most his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as his church family here at Cornerstone.
A native of Weld County, Jerry was born in Greeley and raised on a farm in the Windsor/Severance area. After graduating from UNC, he had a 27-year career with the telephone company, took an early retirement in 2001 and engaged in other types of work. Cornerstone, however, has been his favorite and most enjoyable job! Jerry has been married to his wonderful wife, Linda, for more than 30 years. They have two grown children and one granddaughter, who they love spending time with. Jerry likes to keep busy, and when he isn’t working he can be found doing yard work and gardening, or plunking out some tunes on the piano. Faith in Christ and the church have always been a special part of Jerry’s life and he feels blessed to be able to serve Cornerstone in this capacity.
Ramona has been part of the Cornerstone staff for several years. Teaching, encouraging and loving kids is the greatest job she could ever have. Being greeted every Sunday by little congregants is the highlight of her week. Ramona and her husband, John, are also part of the middle school teaching team. She has two children, Hannah and Wes, and has rounded out her teaching experience by homeschooling them. Born and raised in Colorado, she sees the changes in the spiritual life of this area, and is encouraged by the ministry of Cornerstone. It is a great gift to be part of this ministry and to be able to love on the children of Cornerstone Community Church.
Jenny has loved children since she herself was a small child. She started babysitting at age 11 and hasn’t stopped caring for and loving on kids since. She and her husband, Cody, have 4 beautiful children. The oldest and youngest are only 5 years apart with two between, so she understands the beauty and chaos of multiple little ones. Her passion is to lead children into the arms of Jesus. She graduated from UNC in 2004 with a BA in Music and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. You can often find her singing with the praise band. When she isn't chasing children or singing she loves to read, hike, back pack, and plan events. She enjoys looking at Pinterest, and recreating the fun projects she pins.
Born, raised, and born again in Greeley, Jerome has been a part of Cornerstone since 1999. He has been making music as long as he can remember and enjoys using his talents to lead others, of all generations, in worship. He not only loves music but also works professionally as a graphic designer. Most importantly, Jerome practices the art of being a loving husband, to his wife Jane, and a committed father to their five children. He is never at a loss to find something to fill his spare time; sports, exercise, inventing, drawing, listening to music, watching movies, and eating good food are at the top of the list.
Sue (Carmichael) Pfund was born and raised in Conneaut, OH. She began piano lessons at age 6 and added organ lessons at age 12. Her first professional organ job was for her own church, United Church of Christ (Congregational denomination), when she was a sophomore in high school. After high school, Sue attended Youngstown University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, concentrating on Pipe Organ performance. She married Bill Pfund, also a professional musician and teacher, during the summer of 1966 and moved to Boston, where she continued advanced organ study with Yuko Hayashi. Sue and Bill moved to Colorado in 1971 and she became the organist at First United Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve! She then became an active member of the American Guild of Organists and completed the Service Playing Certificate. Sue and Bill have a son and daughter who are also professional musicians, and a whole tribe of grandchildren (6 to be exact), who are also musically talented.
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.