JOSHUA N. RAGER
Pastor Joshua N. Rager came to candidate at Cornerstone on Sunday, February 10, 2013. After a congregational vote, we called him to be our Senior Pastor. He began his ministry work with us after moving from Muskegon to Auburn, Michigan on April 1, 2013. His Installation Service took place on July 21 with many friends and family present.
Pastor Rager earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornerstone University and a Masters of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He did an Internship at Shelby Road Baptist Church in Shelby, Michigan the summer of 2000. He was the Director of Youth and Christian Education at Belmont Baptist Church in Belmont, Michigan, for three years. Before coming to us, he was the Senior Pastor at Cloverville Baptist Church in Fruitport, Michigan for almost 10 years. He was also ordained at Cloverville on October 29, 2006.
Pastor Rager was saved at the age of 5 and baptized when he was 12. He married, Leillani, on May 24, 1997. Together, they have three beautiful children: Matthew, Julia, and Tabitha. They are all adjusting well to life on this side of the state and have many plans to further the work of Christ’s Kingdom. How truly blessed we are to have this family worshipping with us. We give thanks and praise to our Savior for this man of God whom He has brought to shepherd us!
Pastor Roger Lyman & his wife, Marilyn, are no strangers to Cornerstone! Former members and then Assistant Pastor from 2000 until 2002, they left for Arizona to serve their Savior at Youth Haven Ranch. After 10 years, they returned to Michigan and to their family. They jumped right in, serving the Lord again at Cornerstone. Roger & Marilyn were welcomed back as Assistant Pastor & wife on May 1, 2011.
Pastor Lyman was a parachute packer with the Army in Vietnam, on the Detroit Police force for 5 years, and retired from the Bay City Police Department after 24 years of faithful service. He was called into the ministry by the Lord in 2000 and continues to study hard, learning more about His Savior every day.
Pastor Lyman was saved and baptized at the age of 12. He married Marilyn, on April 20, 1968. Together they have four grown and married children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. It has been amazing seeing the spiritual growth in our Assistant Pastor, especially while filling the pulpit after Pastor Wood retired. He kept this flock together and growing. We are truly grateful for all that he does and continues to do in the name of Jesus!
JOHN WINDEN JR.
Before Pastor Winden started college, he felt led to work with youth. Not sure how the Lord would use him in this area, he attended Pensacola Christian College. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Science and Nursing in 2000. He married his high school sweetheart, Denise, on July 24, 1999.
Married and working in the area, with a toddler son in the house, Pastor Winden’s call to the ministry became a reality. Pastor John & Denise have been sharing God’s Word with our 7th – 12th grade teenagers officially since July 20, 2008. The blessings have been flowing! The youth are growing in numbers, faith, and in service to our King.
On a personal note – twin boys were born into the Winden family in 2009. Pastor also became a co-owner of four assisted living homes. In 2012, after a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, and studying, he received his Masters Degree in Science and Nursing. He gets to enjoy more sleepless nights now that his fourth son entered the family in January 2016! In addition to working with us, Pastor Winden works in the communicable disease department for Saginaw County. If it be the Lord’s Will, he may pursue a job as a nurse practitioner. Where the Lord leads – he’ll follow!
John Winden, Sr.
|C4||Pastor Joshua Rager|
|CALEB'S KIN||Pastor Roger Lyman|
|CHILDRENS CHURCH COORDINATOR||Denise Winden|
|DEACON CHAIRMAN||Dr. Jim Bodrie|
|MISSIONS COMMITTEE||Nancy Jones|
|MUSIC MINISTRY||Office Staff|
|NURSERY COORDINATOR||Hailey Kuschel|
|SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT||Dr. Jim Bodrie|
|TLC MINISTRIES||Beverlee Toth|
|MEN'S MINISTRIES||Pastor Joshua Rager|
|YOUTH ALIVE||Pastor John Winden|