Lead Pastor // Steve Keller
Steve grew up in Wilmington, NC (Wrightsville Beach). His father, Ron, was a chemical engineer at General Electric. His mother, Noel “Lovie” Keller, was a Registered Nurse. He has one sister, Emily, who is married. They all still reside in Wilmington.
Steve has been involved in church all his life. His family attended a Southern Baptist church for several years until they joined an EPC church in the mid-’80s. He attended Appalachian State University from 1986-1990 where he met Jane at Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. After college Steve was in Youth Ministry from 1989–1995 at his home church and later at a church in Indiana. He attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, from 1995-1999 where he enjoyed life in New England, marathon running, and 4 grueling winters while pursuing his Master of Divinity degree.
Along the way, Steve has served in the EPC as a church planter, interim pastor and a Senior Pastor. He also labored “out of bounds” as the chaplain for NASCAR for 3 full seasons. Steve’s other notable jobs before pastoral ministry include: voice acting in radio commercials, painting houses, Domino’s Pizza delivery, security guard, and church building and maintenance. Finally, although Steve hates country music, he has a published country song with BMI records.
Steve loves everything outdoors, reading classical literature, music, fine art, sports, Carolina basketball, almost everything connected to laughter, his amazing wife and family and finally his lifelong adventure with God.
Jane grew up mostly in Greensboro, NC. Her father, Frank, was a financial software developer; and her mother, Margaret, was a schoolteacher and later an “at home” Mom. Jane has three sisters and a brother who all lived on the East Coast, although one sister and her family have since moved to Colorado.
Jane grew up in a non-denominational church until she married Steve and has been in the EPC ever since. She attended ASU with Steve and completed her degree in Special Education at UNC Wilmington after they were married.
Jane loves the outdoors, cooking, writing and life “around the table.”
- Steve and Jane have 6 children.
- Harrison, 26, is married to Bethany. They are expecting their first child in December. They live in Virginia Beach, VA. Harrison serves an EPC church as Media Director.
- Maddie, 24, is completing an art history degree at ODU in Norfolk, VA and will begin graduate school in the fall of 2020.
- Ellie, 22, is married to Jacob. She is completing an RN degree. Jacob is a youth pastor in an EPC church in Pittsburgh, PA.
- With them in Greeley are Lucy 17, Lydia 15, and Noah 11.
Executive Pastor // Donny Butkus
Donny was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He received his undergraduate degree from Fresno Pacific University and his M.Div. from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He served as a full-time Director of Youth Ministry in three different churches (Grandview, WA; Yakima, WA; Greeley, CO) from 1997 through 2017. From 2017 to 2020 Donny served as the Director of Spiritual Development and became Cornerstone’s Executive Pastor in the fall of 2020. He is married to Roxie (an elementary school teacher) and they have two children, Jalen and Hannah.
Director of Worship Arts // Marvin Easter
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.
Office Manager & Bookkeeper // Lois Morris
Lois joined the Cornerstone staff in 2019, but has been part of the Cornerstone Church family for her whole life. Born and raised in Greeley, Lois worked for 18 years at the University of Northern Colorado before staying home to raise her two children. In 2007 she reentered the workforce in the Library at Dayspring Christian Academy, where she worked for 12 years. She also uses her years of office experience as the Office Manager for Fellowship Church in Greeley. Lois and her husband Ty enjoy spending time with family, exploring Colorado’s mountains, and reading.
Receptionist // Sandy Winkler
Sandy began as the Church receptionist in August, 2015. While new to the Church office, she is not new to Cornerstone. She began attending Cornerstone when she was in first grade, and this has been her home church ever since. Sandy brings over 35 years of office experience to Cornerstone, most of which was as an administrative assistant at the University of Northern Colorado. Sandy also received her B.S. degree in business administration from UNC. She and her husband, Joe, own their own semi-tractor which Joe drives and Sandy keeps the books for. They have one daughter, Sarah, who is also an “icon” at Cornerstone. Sandy and her family enjoy camping and going on drives around the country, during which Sandy loves taking photos.
Facilities Manager // Dennis Rutz
Dennis was born and raised in Torrington, Wyoming and worked with his dad on the family farm until he was 25 years old. At that time, he married Dana and they moved to Greeley in 1987, and they started their family. They have two children, their daughter Danielle and their son Darren. Since becoming members of Cornerstone in 1992, they have worn many hats, serving as Sunday school teachers, ushers, deacons, welcome center heads, and Dana is currently on Session and the Personnel committee. Dennis retired from Golden Aluminum after 31 years, and he has been connected to maintenance work his entire life. He enjoys the outdoors and likes spending as much time in the mountains at their cabin as possible.
Custodian // Ben Duarte
Ben’s identity is in Christ Jesus. He is a family man with a loving wife and 8-year-old daughter. He was born in Greeley and raised in Denver. He loves the LORD and all those around him. His passion is the Word of God (Jesus). He feels blessed to be here serving Cornerstone Community. He enjoys birthday parties and the Christmas season.
Worship Leader // Jerome Kayl
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.