Meet the Staff
Jim Bush – Executive Director
Jim has been serving as the Executive Director of Cornerstone since September 2022. Before taking on this role, he served as a volunteer for several years, and has worked in support of his wife, Michelle who had served as the Chairperson of the Cornerstone board for several years. He has a background in business management and has served as a manager at several amusement parks and attractions over the course of his business career. He was also a co-owner of a real estate brokerage in Harrisburg with his wife, Michelle. In addition to his business background, Jim also has over 25 years of experience in youth ministry, where he served as a youth pastor or youth director for several churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Activ8 Church in Lancaster, and is currently planting another Activ8 church here in Elizabethtown. He and Michelle have 5 kids and 2 grandkids, and love spending time with their family!
Jonathan Weatherholtz – Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries
Jonathan began at Cornerstone as a youth in 2012 as he was attending Elizabethtown Area Middle School. Jonathan always loved coming to Cornerstone after school to make new friends and enjoy activities like skateboarding, playing basketball, and drumming. In high school, Jonathan completed the Certified Nurse’s Assistant Program at the Willow Street CTC. He went on to receive a License for Massage Therapy and the Lancaster School of Massage. Jonathan returned to Cornerstone as a volunteer in 2019 and has now accepted a position as the Coordinator of Youth and Ministries. Jonathan is newly married to Judith, and they live in Elizabethtown. They attend Calvary Chapel Church in Lebanon. Jonathan and Judith love to spend time with family, hiking, swimming, and pretty much anything outdoors. They both love youth and are excited to see the plans that God has for their lives at Cornerstone.
Meet the Board
Norm Smith – Chair
Norm, a former board chair, stays focused on the long-term goals of Cornerstone. An active community member for over 20 years, he values how early impact in the lives of teens can create a better future for the community. Norm attends the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown.
Noah Burger – Vice Chair
Noah has served actively in various areas, to include, music, worship, and leadership roles at various local churches and ministries for the past several years. He loves Jesus, people, and coffee!
Ken Wolfe – Treasurer
Ken is president at a local accounting firm. He has served on the board for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Ken attends Hershey Evangelical Free Church.
Kevin Smith – Secretary
Kevin has been on and off the board since 2007 and has capably maintained the I.T. needs of Cornerstone during this time. Kevin attends the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown.
Mason and his wife Dara are Pastors at Trinity Full Gospel Chapel in Elizabethtown. He is passionate about seeing the next generation come to know their God and living a life of purpose here on earth. He has a background in the financial industry, construction engineering and instrumental music.
John is the former Director of Construction Services at Messiah Village. An avid woodworker, John lends his experience and skills to Cornerstone as our facility manager. He attends Grace Brethren Church of Elizabethtown.
Tim has been a resident of Elizabethtown for over 20 years where he resides with his wife and their two children. He is an active member and past president of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and works as president of Mile6 in Elizabethtown. Tim and his family attend LCBC Manheim.
Sara Patterson lives in Elizabethtown with her husband Ricky and a house full of children. Together they have adopted 6 children and provide respite care for many others. They own and operate Woodsmen & Co and are heavily involved in their home church, Dove Elizabethtown. Sara serves as Program Advisor at the Kelly School. Sara is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and live fully in who God created them to be.
Scott recently moved to Elizabethtown and seeks to become involved in the local community. He is an accountant currently working with family trusts and estates. Scott and his wife, Marybeth, attend Garden Chapel near Middletown where they both serve in leadership roles.
In memory of Laurie Shepler
In June, Laurie Shepler got to meet Jesus face to face. While we are still grieving her loss here, we are also rejoicing that she is spending eternity with her Savior. Laurie wore many hats during her time at Cornerstone, from volunteer to Executive Director and everything in between. Anyone who knew Laurie knew that she loved Jesus, her husband Jim, her son Carson, and every single person who walked through the doors at Cornerstone. Her love and compassion for the youth of Elizabethtown was contagious and they knew it. On any given day you could find a student, or multiple students, sitting in her office telling her about their day. She always had time to listen, give advice, and encourage. Kids came to know the love of Jesus through the life of Laurie. She has made an impact and left a legacy that will last for generations to come. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to do life and ministry with her and to call her our friend.
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