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Pastors of Cornerstone Church

Brad Kalajainen

Brad Kalajainen

Lead Pastor

Brad grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Asbury College and Asbury Seminary before coming to Michigan in 1981. Brad met his wife, Colleen, in college.  After moving to Michigan, they started a family. Brad and Colleen have two children, Kaylee and Ben.

In addition to his role as Lead Pastor at Cornerstone, Brad was also acting Director of New Church for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2007-2009. He has been a workshop/seminar speaker for the Reuben Job Institute of Leadership  (the North Central Jurisdiction), and the School of Congregational Development. Brad also coaches new church pastors all across the country.

Campus Pastors

Alex Fernandez

Alex Fernandez

Heritage Hill Campus Pastor

Born of Cuban immigrants from the 1960’s, Alex grew up most of his life in West Michigan. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University in 1993 with Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Sociology. Alex met his wife Bethann at their first job out of college. Bethann is also employed by Cornerstone Church as Director of Kid’s Ministry.

Alex’s roles within ministry at Cornerstone have been many. He served as a lay leader for 7 years in Youth Ministry. He also led the development and implementation of Cornerstone’s Young Adult Ministry, The Haven, where he co-led for 6 years. Alex officially joined the Cornerstone staff as a Campus Pastor in 2012. His theological education has come through the United Methodist Local Pastor Licensing process.

Since 2000, Alex has been employed at Herman Miller, Inc. He has served as Plant Director for a manufacturing division for much of the last ten years, and now more recently he serves as a Senior Manager of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, championing diversity and inclusion efforts within the company, community, and globally. He continues his employment with Herman Miller on a part-time basis.

Alex is fluent in Spanish. He and Bethann live in Caledonia and have two children, Grant and Maya.

Marcus Schmidt

Marcus Schmidt

South Wyoming Campus Pastor

Marcus was born in Southern California and moved to West Michigan for better weather. After growing up in Grand Rapids, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University to pursue a degree in Christian Ministry. He returned to West Michigan in 1995 and found many years of success as a restaurant operator.

Marcus met his wife at a 10 year High School class reunion and married in 2004. (I know, ask him about that story!) Marcus and Jody thank God everyday for energy and patience to raise three kids. Joselyn, Isaac and their foster son Fresenai.

Marcus has served as a Cornerstone lay leader in Youth Ministry and Worship Teams since 2004. After officially joining the Cornerstone staff in 2013, Marcus has continued his theological education through the local licensing process of the United Methodist Church.