We serve Jesus Christ and His people and we are passionate about reaching people with His love.

Joel DeBlaay – Senior Pastor

It is such an honor and privilege to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. Somedays I can’t believe I get to love Jesus and others for a living! What a joy and blessing it is to get to serve and lead as the Sr. Pastor at Cornerstone. I began my ministry at CBC in March 2020 under unusual circumstances (global pandemic), but with a Sovereign God who has amazing plans for us!

My wife Dayla and I have been serving in full-time ministry together for over 15 years and began ministering together at Bible College in Northern Wisconsin where we met and eventually married and began life and ministry together. Through God’s leading, our ministry adventures have led us all over the country, from Colorado to Alaska to Wyoming and now to Ludington, Michigan. We have 3 awesome kids who love the outdoors just like we do!

I love hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, sports (GO BLUE!), coffee and Christmas!!! Most of all I love Jesus, who loves me, saved me, continues to sanctify me, and will eventually call me home to Heaven because of His gift of eternal life through the redemption provided me through His death and resurrection! I have set Philippians 3:14 as my life verse and guiding directive, which says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus;” and desire to live my life to His glory by the Holy Spirit’s empowerment.

If you have any questions or would like to connect over coffee, please email me

Ryan White – Associate Pastor

I love serving here at Cornerstone.  God has blessed us with a great team and I’m thankful to be serving here with people who are passionate about living life together on mission for Jesus!

I sensed God’s call to serve His Church in my 20’s.  I have been pursuing Jesus and His calling ever since serving as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and now as an associate pastor, here at Cornerstone.

My wife, Keri, and I have been married since 1994, and we have four great kids.  We love spending time together as a family and living near Lake Michigan.  The sunsets here are incredible!

I enjoy meeting new people, speaking Spanish, playing guitar, cribbage, and watching my favorite sports teams.

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Family ministries pastor – Jason Dillehay

I retired from the Navy in 2017 and brought my family back to my hometown. My wife, Joye, and I have been married for 18 years and together have five children and one granddaughter. I graduated from Seminary at Liberty University in May of 2021 with a Masters of Divinity. I have a calling and passion for Discipleship and Family Ministry. With my family, I enjoy baseball, kayaking, hiking, and a little bit of woodworking and gardening.

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I was saved at the age of 3, and immediately felt the call to witness to others. I also had a strong desire to be a musician, and began learning piano at 7. I began leading worship with my siblings in 2004 with a band we formed as a trio called KLEEN SL8. The band gave me an opportunity to fulfill both of my dreams to become a traveling missionary and musician. Child Evangelism Fellowship gave me the opportunity to be a traveling teen missionary during the summer, and it was during my last year at 18 that I met my wife, Valerie.

We got married, finished school, and we were on the foundation team giving birth to a new church in Plainwell, MI called FaithWay Church where I served as one of the worship leaders until 2021.

We moved to Ludington in faith September of 2021 with our 4 children not knowing what God had for us to do, but trusting him to lead. We visited Cornerstone in March of 2022 and knew we found the church family God wanted us to serve. I am very excited to be leading worship at Cornerstone, and look forward to being a part of what will continue to do here!

Besides leading worship, I also enjoy volleyball, basketball, fishing, hunting, and seeing sights with my family.

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Office Manager – Dawna Harper

I love my job!  I work with an amazing team of servants for the Lord, both in the office and in our congregation!  My career path was on another road, when in 1999, I was asked to join the staff and become the secretary to our Senior Pastor.  I am so thankful to the Lord for leading me here.  I enjoy helping others.  I enjoy coming alongside ministries and equipping them to serve so that they can help others learn and serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am happily married to Roy and have four children and seven grandchildren.  I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, and camping with my family.

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I have attended Cornerstone (formerly Washington Avenue) nearly my entire life. I love this church and its people. I have been serving as a volunteer in various ministries since I was a teenager, and love my “official” job here as Communications Specialist. I consider it a privilege to be called to work alongside such dedicated staff and to serve this congregation. The Lord has always been, and will continue to be, faithful. 

I enjoy traveling and being able to see God’s marvelous creation throughout the world. One of my life goals is to visit every national park in the US; and as of writing this I have been to 18 of 63! I also enjoy watching sports, bon fires, hiking, and learning new skills.

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