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Our Leadership

Our Staff

"And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ ..." - Ephesians 4:11-12 

Senior Pastor: MANNY ROCHA

Beginning his ministry at Cornerstone in 1991, Manny held the positions of Youth Pastor and Pastor of Disciplemaking before being installed as Senior Pastor on May 7, 2000. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area, Manny earned his Bachelor's degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois and his Master's degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Ann have been married since 1981 and they are blessed to have four adult children and twelve grandchildren.

Executive Pastor:  R.A.  Atanus

R.A. immigrated to the US in his early teens and soon after accepted Christ when he began searching into what it meant to be a true man. He grew up on the north side of Chicago and earned a degree in Electronic Engineering and worked as an executive for 25+ years in the Information Technology Industry. During this period, he went back to school for his MBA degree from Kellogg Business School. While working in the electronics industry, R.A. lived in Japan for two years and has traveled extensively to the Far East and Europe for business. He was in ministry in a co-vocational fashion for 27 years but was called to full-time ministry 15 years ago when he became an Executive Pastor. During this period, he returned to school again and finished his Master’s in Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. R.A. and his wife, Martha, are blessed to have two children and two grandchildren.

Director of Music Ministry: Peter Nelson

Bio coming soon.

Director of Student Ministries: Daniel Schoof

Daniel became a believer in Christ when he was in high school. During that time, he felt the Lord leading him to attend the Moody Bible Institute. The opportunity presented itself and four years later, in 2015, he graduated from Moody with a B.A. in pastoral ministry. Wanting to continue learning, Daniel studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and earned an M.A. in systematic theology in 2017. Having been involved in all kinds of ministries throughout the past 9 years, Daniel is most excited about and has a passion to see students grow in their faith. When he isn’t working, you can find Daniel spending time with friends and watching movies.


If you are interested in applying for this part-time position and being part of our great team, please contact our Exec. Pastor at for a job description and follow up discussions.


Our Elders

"Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood" Acts 20:28

The Elders of Cornerstone Church shepherd the flock by guarding, feeding, and overseeing those who have been entrusted to them. We praise God for these godly men called by God and approved by our congregation.

 Our Deacons

 "For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus." - 1 Timothy 3:13

The Deacons of Cornerstone serve our congregation by caring for the many physical needs of our buildings and grounds. We are grateful for these qualified men of character and dedication to our people.

Our Deaconesses

"I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well." - Romans 16:1-2

The deaconesses of Cornerstone serve the body in a variety of ways from planning wedding and baby showers to assisting with funeral needs for grieving families. They also keep areas of our church clean and tidy, prepare the elements for the Lord's Supper and provide meals for families in need.


Thank you for joining us in praying for our Pastors, Staff, Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses as they serve our congregation and community!