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.

Addie Kapanke - Remnant Youth Ministry Leader

Addie Kapanke

Remnant Youth Ministry Leader

Addie has been at Cornerstone since 2017. After some time in the corporate world, she felt her heart being drawn to teenagers and teaching and has been a ministry leader since 2018. She is married to Gabe and they have two dogs: Duke and Tyson.

Susan Lindstrom - Administrative Assistant

Susan Lindstrom

Administrative Assistant

Susan has been at Cornerstone since her sophomore year of college. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in May of 2020 with a degree in Sociology. Her parents and sister live in Arlington Heights, IL. In her free time, you’ll find Susan spending time with her friends doing something active, especially in the summertime.

Olivia Steingraber - Video Intern

Olivia Steingraber

Video Intern

Our Overseers

Tessa Hoffman - Overseer

Tessa Hoffman

Overseer

Tessa has been at Cornerstone since early 2016. She became an Overseer in 2019. She loves worship and prayer. She loves encouraging other believers to gain a deeper understanding of their true identity in Christ. She is originally from Kansas, but Wisconsin has become home. She is married to her high school sweetheart Josh, and they have three beautiful daughters – Paislee, Emmy and Lilah.

Kasey Crawford - Overseer

Kasey Crawford

Overseer

Kasey has been a member of Cornerstone since her college days in 2006. She has served in Kidzone and Compassion/Embedded in Love throughout her time and she became an Overseer in 2019. She coaches gymnastics at UW-La Crosse and has a passion for leadership and for helping people going through struggles. She and her husband Mike have 2 kids – Kinsley and Keaton.

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!

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 the children shortly thereafter, and has been 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.