Our Staff

Ben Newman - Senior Pastor

Ben Newman

Senior Pastor

Ben has been at Cornerstone since 2007. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Columbia International University in South Carolina. He is married to his lovely wife Sue and has two children: Karis and Timothy. When he’s not working, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and two kids, backpacking or watching college football.

David Rice - Worship Arts Director

David Rice

Worship Arts Director

David began serving as the Worship Director at Cornerstone in August, 2019, after moving to the La Crosse area with his awesome wife, Brianna. He is passionate about helping people encounter God through music and the arts. He is also a huge Lord of the Rings nerd, and enjoys reading pretty much anything in the fantasy genre.

Caleb Luttenegger - Youth Director

Caleb Luttenegger

Youth Director

Caleb began serving as the Youth Director for our joint youth program between Cornerstone and Northside Community Churches in August of 2021. His desire is to share the truth and love of the Gospel with young people in order that they may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and guide them to become true disciples who are driven to live out and share their faith with others. He enjoys just about anything that is fun (from video games to fishing and hiking). He considers himself a jack of all trades, but the things he enjoys the most are disc golf and playing music.

Jenny Öttinger - Administrative Assistant

Jenny Öttinger

Administrative Assistant

Jenny started as the Administrative Assistant here at Cornerstone in August of 2021. She has always been passionate about healthcare and helping those in need. She loves her family, exercising, and spending time with her emotional support pets.

Josiah Flood - Head Intern

Josiah Flood

Head Intern

Josiah has served as a part time intern with Cornerstone since June of 2021. In September of 2021, he was self-promoted to the position of Head Intern. He seeks to serve God and others in all that he does. Josiah enjoys playing golf and going for walks, and he sports many nicknames, including Joe, Plumber Joe, and Pastor Joe.

Our Overseers

Steve Wolfgram - Overseer

Steve Wolfgram

Overseer

Steve was an original member of the launch team of Cornerstone back in 1996. He has a passion for music and has played bass and drum set in the band for years. He became an Overseer in 2016. He is married to his lovely wife Mandi and has a daughter, Katrina.

Eric Warner - Overseer

Eric Warner

Overseer

Eric is from Minneapolis. He has been going to Cornerstone since 2015. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and earned degrees in history and law. He is employed as a Compliance Analyst at Kaplan Inc. He is married to Toni Matters and has two children, Lucy and Vivienne, both currently in college. Eric came to his faith later in life, in his 30s. For fun he likes to fish, birdwatch, read, hike, cook and game!

Bridgette Bixler - Overseer

Bridgette Bixler

Overseer

Bridgette has been at Cornerstone since 2019. She has served in the Guest Services team and loves meeting new people and growing relationships. She became on Overseer in 2020. She is an RN on a neuroscience unit and loves learning new things!

Amy Jo VanArsdall - Overseer

Amy Jo VanArsdall

Overseer

Amy Jo joined Cornerstone in the summer of 2003 when she moved here to work with college students. She loves all the classic aspects of discipleship and spiritual growth as well as creativity, the outdoors, and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter, please.

Suzie Pence - KidZone Leader

Suzie Pence

Overseer

Suzie has been at Cornerstone since her college days in early 2000s. She began working with children in KIDZone shortly thereafter, and has been the Ministry Leader since 2014. She is married to Jeremy and they have two children: Samuel and Sophia.

Our Ministry Leaders

Suzie Pence - KidZone Leader

Suzie Pence

KIDZone Ministry Leader

Suzie has been at Cornerstone since her college days in early 2000s. She began working with children in KIDZone shortly thereafter, and has been the Ministry Leader since 2014. She is married to Jeremy and they have two children: Samuel and Sophia.

John & Maurita Warrick - Guest Services Leaders

John & Maurita Warrick

Guest Services Ministry Leaders

John and Maurita’s journey towards being fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ started some time ago. John had not attended church for the better part of 30 years. When he met his wife Maurita, she helped him with a longing to deepen his faith. They found Cornerstone in 2016 and since then have both grown in their relationship with Jesus. They love being involved with a church that is passionate about reaching people for Christ.