Cornerstone Church is an elder-led congregational church. That is, we have a church led by men who submit to the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:21; 1 Timothy 5:17-20), and we have a church body that submits to its appointed leaders (Hebrews 13:7, 17). The biblical term “elder” is used interchangeably with other words like pastor, overseer, and shepherd throughout Scripture. Though we call our vocational elders “pastors” because they are supported financially to fulfill the role of elder, ultimately all elders are pastors and all pastors are elders (Acts 20:13-37; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Pastor Matt Proctor met his wife Carrie at Iowa State University, where Matt received his BA in Religious Studies. They have 3 boys and a girl. Matt is a native Iowan who loves people, sports, and books (see his recommended reading list here). Matt began serving Cornerstone Church after completing his Master’s of Divinity at Denver Seminary in 2010. He is ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America and serves as a steering team member for The Gospel Coalition of Eastern Iowa. You can read random thoughts and stories on his blog at mattproctor.blogspot.com.
Elder Doug Hammes grew up in the Keota area (southwest of Iowa City). He and his wife Debbie joined up with Cornerstone Church in 2011 after being a part of Cornerstone E-Free in Williamsburg, IA for many years (and a short stint serving a few countries in Africa). They have 3 grown sons, enjoy selling handmade goods at local farmer’s markets, and serve the Cedar Rapids community through their busing system.
Elder David Gardner was born and raised in northern Michigan and moved to the Cedar Rapids area after college. His wife Colleen grew up in Cedar Rapids, and they were married at Parkview Evangelical Free Church in Iowa City. They have two sons and a daughter. David is currently employed by Rockwell Collins and was transplanted to Cornerstone a decade ago from Cedar Hills Evangelical Free (now Stonebridge).
Elder Alex Steele was born and raised in southern Minnesota. He met his wife Megan (a native Iowan) on a summer missions project with Campus Crusade for Christ. Alex has just embarked on a new career opportunity by starting his own guitar building business. Alex hopes that in the coming years Cornerstone will remain focused on Christ and that through Him, true unity will be achieved.
Elder Jeff Olson was born and raised in Minnesota. Jeff and his wife Kathleen (who went to be with the Lord Summer 2010) helped start Cornerstone Church in the early days of 2000-2001. Jeff is raising three delightful teenagers, while serving as a trainer and air traffic controller at the Eastern Iowa Airport. He is a man of care, compassion and prayer.