Pastors & Elders

Our pastors and elders are, first and foremost, shepherds (1 Peter 1:1-3) who carry the responsibility of caring for people as Christ would.  We reject the model of the church operating like a secular corporation. Our pastors are not CEO's and our elders are not board members.  Download Elder Job Description

Our pastors are hired by, and, accountable to, the elders. Cornerstone's elders are appointed by other elders (no specified term of office) to be spiritual overseers and protectors of the flock (Acts 20:28-31). They oversee all the ministries of the church but they do not make finance decisions. We think financial decisions should be made by those who are closest to, and most affected by, the decisions. At Cornerstone, those would be our ministry team leaders -- lay people (singles or couples) who lead the various ministry teams and who meet once a quarter to get updates and make financial decisions. When the elders don't have to mess with the money, it's amazing how much time they have to actually "elder!" 

 Pastor/Elder -- Barry Arnold is a teaching pastor at Cornerstone. The son of missionary parents, Barry grew up on the Yukon River in an Athabascan Indian village in Alaska's interior. After graduating from Multnomah Bible College, Barry, and his wife, Vicki, went back to interior Alaska where they spent twelve years church planting with InterAct Ministries. In 1993, Barry joined the staff of Good Shepherd Community Church, where he served as pastor of Global Outreach for ten years before leaving to start Cornerstone.  The Arnolds have six delightful grandchildren.

 Pastor/Elder -- Joel Woodard is a teaching pastor at Cornerstone. He met his wife Amy while serving on a short term mission trip to the Czech Republic. He grew up moving a number of times around the South and it didn't take much encouragement for him to move to Portland, OR to pursue his bride. They were married in 2001. They spent six years pioneering two youth ministries in Slovenia with Josiah Venture before coming to Cornerstone. There is always something happening in their home with four young children, Abigail (born 2006), Elijah (2008), Caleb (2009), and Hannah (2011). 

 Elder -- Mark and Laura met when they were 12 years old. They recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. The Stagers have three married children and three grandchildren (with two more due, God willing, by the end of 2017). Mark is an executive at Cascade Microtech (a FormFactor company), overseeing the manufacture of semiconductor test equipment. In his spare time, Mark enjoys gardening, photography and hiking with Laura, and spending quality time with his kids and grandkids.


 Elder -- Matt Moffat married Maralle in 1990.  They have two children, Kaylie and Joshua, who are in high school.  Matt has served with several community organizations including the Sandy Pregnancy Resource Center and the Sandy Public Library. He is an agent for American Family Insurance in Sandy, Oregon.

 Elder -- Jim Carl was born in Cambridge England where his father was stationed in the Air Force He married his wife Polly in 1978. They have twin daughters: Kelsie, an attorney, and, Rae, who works in human resources. Jim is a retired Gresham police officer and fire investigator.

 Andy Wilson married Jennifer in 2001 after they both graduated from George Fox University. Andy married "up" having convinced Jennifer to not return to her native sunny California and instead make a home with him in Oregon. Shortly after getting married the Wilson's moved to England where they worked at an evangelical youth camp and Andy received a Masters degree in Medieval history. Andy currently works as a manager at an insurance company but will happily discuss any historical topic with you.The Wilson's live in Gresham with their three children Ken (2004), Aidan (2005), and Abby (2008).

Michael Miller married his wife Christine in the summer of 2000.  They have two children, Ellie (2003) and Blake (2005). Michael and Christine both grew up in the Portland area.  Their family loves music, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.  Michael has worked at Seal Source Inc. in Portland, since 1999.