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Leadership at the church starts with Jesus. He is the only Head of the church—he is the church's senior pastor—the Chief Shepherd. Under Christ, the congregation appoints members to serve by leading and directing the affairs of the church according to the Word of God.

Church Staff

John Biegel

Lead Pastor
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John Biegel began serving as the Lead Pastor at Cornerstone in July 2022. Prior to being called to Cornerstone, he served from 2013-2022 at Riverstone Church (EFCA) in Yardley, PA, first as an associate pastor, and then as the interim lead pastor.

John was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL. He holds degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (B.A. in History and Comparative Religion) and Cairn University School of Divinity in Langhorne, PA (MDiv, ThM), and is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church. In addition to his role at Cornerstone, John serves on the EFCA Board of Ministerial Standing. For those who are curious about such things, in addition to the EFCA Statement of Faith, John affirms the 1848 Confession of the Evangelical Free Church of Geneva and Where We Stand in the EFCA: Affirmations and Denials.

John and his wife Michelle were married in 2011 and have three children: Grant, Nathan, and Madison. For recreation, he enjoys reading history and biography, taking naps in hammocks, cheering for Chicago sports teams, and making paper airplanes with his kids.

Ryan North

Associate Pastor for Youth
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Ryan started serving as the Associate Pastor for Youth at Cornerstone Spring of 2023. Before coming to Cornerstone he spent a year serving youth at the church he grew up at in New Hampshire. In 2022 Ryan graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio where he received a degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters of Divinity. One of his passions in ministry is to encourage others to know and love Christ through God’s all sufficient Word.

In his free time Ryan likes to play pick up sports, go on hiking or skiing trips in the mountains, make coffee, and root for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Ursula Schuttinga

Children's Ministry Director
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Ursula began serving as Cornerstone's  Children’s Ministries Director in 2010.  Before taking on this role, she taught 4th Grade (the best grade ever) for 7 years.

Ursula was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, and after graduating from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) in 1999, she relocated to Fairfax County.  When she started attending Cornerstone, she met her future husband, Daniel, at the Young Adults Bible Study.  They were married in 2002.

In addition to serving at Cornerstone, you’ll find Ursula serving in the community, whether it’s at her boys’ school, the baseball field, or neighborhood pool.  She’s become proficient in keeping the scorebook for baseball and timing at swim meets.

For fun, Ursula enjoys being a social butterfly at her boys’ events.  Whether it’s at the baseball field or attending Lake Braddock football games (especially to hear the band), she always finds a friend on the bleachers while she’s cheering on her three boys.

Amarildo "AJ" Moreira

International Friends Director
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Born in Brazil, AJ first joined Cornerstone in 2014 as an international student. After returning to his home country, he married his high school sweetheart, Laura. Together, they have two daughters, Serena and Sarah. AJ served in campus ministry in Brazil during college, and through IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), he developed a heart for missions.

After taking the Perspectives class on God’s purpose to all peoples of the earth, he transitioned into full-time ministry. Since 2022, AJ has been serving as a minister to international students at Cornerstone, where he has also served as a Pastoral Intern. He is pursuing a master's degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).

AJ desires to see people coming from death to life through the blood of Christ. Proclaiming the gospel for him is a great responsibility yet an enormous joy! Having been an international student himself, AJ relates to the struggles and cultural challenges that international students face. He is excited to now serve as a vessel in the ministry where he was once a student and to have the opportunity to pay it forward.

Melanie Moore

Church Administrator
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Melanie has been Cornerstone's church administrator since January 2023. She holds a B.S in Mathematics from University of Maryland and M.S in Analytics from American University. Before coming to serve on staff at Cornerstone, she was a resourceful technical project manager skilled in streamlining operations and maintaining schedules to ensure a high-quality product, maximize business revenue, coordinating diverse teams and resources to complete objectives.
Melanie and her husband Luke have been married since 2019 and have two sons. Some of her hobbies include reading books, experimenting with recipes, outdoor adventures with her family, and crocheting.

Kwathi Ajawin

African Evangelist
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Bio coming soon...

Albert McKazamba

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Bio coming soon...


Elders are biblically-qualified men who are chosen by the congregation for the purpose of shepherding and overseeing the church.

Kwathi Ajawin

Lay Elder

Ryan Horner

Lay Elder

John Biegel

Staff Elder

Jeff Palomino

Lay Elder

Devin Cate

Lay Elder

Daniel Schuttinga

Lay Elder


Deacons are biblically-qualified men and women chosen by the congregation who serve by supporting and facilitating the church's various ministries.

Marge Athey

Deacon for Membership

Michael Higdon

Deacon for Outreach

Pat Frakes

Deacon for Worship

Steve McIlvaine

Deacon for Discipling Ministries

Seth Gunn

Deacon for Property

Cristin Perry

Deacon for Fellowship

Ed Reniker

Deacon for Finance

Titus 2 Team

The Titus 2 Team is a team of godly women who assist the pastors and elders in their task of shepherding of the women of the church.

Theresa Connell

Barb Rehnborg

Anjelina Oneka

Carol Schuttinga

Lori Parziale