Josh is a priest in the Cornerstone Parish and one of the pastors at Cornerstone Valpo. He, his wife and their young son live in the East End near VU and the Hilltop Neighborhood.You’ll see him at Cornerstone Valpo about 3/4 of the time. The rest of the time he’ll be with other congregations in the Cornerstone Parish. Through Greenhouse, Josh partners with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to raise up a new generation of leaders to serve Christ’s church. Josh got his Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in Connecticut, but Josh is originally from hot and muggy South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina for undergrad (Go Gamecocks!). Josh is often on campus at VU, so contact him if you'd like to meet up!
Ron and his wife, Jana, both hail from eastern Iowa. After they married in 1989, Ron and Jana pursued education and work on both coasts and in Europe, and then moved to Valparaiso in 2006. They have three sons. Ron is a professor at Valparaiso University, teaching in History, Theology, and Christ College (the honors college). He is a church historian who specializes in the Reformation. Ron serves as part-time local lay pastor (a.k.a. lay catechist) of Cornerstone Valpo, and together with Josh, provides leadership for the congregation. As one member of the congregation has put it, Ron has a pastor’s heart and a scholar’s head, and he seeks to serve God with both at Cornerstone Valpo. Passionate about Word, Sacrament, and Spirit, Ron longs to see the Kingdom of God strengthened and spread in Valpo (and beyond) in new and life-giving ways. He enjoys hiking, cycling, soccer, spending time with his family, and watching Star Trek re-runs.
Diane oversees Cornerstone Kids, which is Cornerstone Valpo’s children’s ministry. Diane is an alumnus of Valparaiso University and a parent of a soon-to-be VU graduate. Diane loves Valpo and its people, and she has a heart to see the next generation grow up in the knowledge and love of the Lord. She has lived in Valpo for thirty years and has taught for many years as a local high school math teacher. She is married to Jon, and they have three adult children.
Ty Warner oversees music for our worship services on Sundays. If you are musically experienced and want to use your skills and gifts for worship, talk to Ty! Ty, his wife Mary and their daughter have been part of the life of our diocese before there was even a thought that a diocese would form. He has a heart for this Region and desires to see it renewed. This desire has led him to also taking on the role of Lay Evangelist for the parish as a whole. In Ty’s professional life, he works to make NW Indiana a better and safer place to live for all its residents and visitors.
Jana serves as treasurer for Cornerstone Valpo as well as helping out with hospitality. She is also an occasional preacher. After spending 15 years in non-profit management she retired to become a stay at home mom. She currently sits on three non-profit boards that keep her busy along with attending soccer games and musical performance her boys' are participating in.