Pastor Scott has been married to Beth since 1974. They met at the University of Iowa at a Campus Crusade for Christ retreat. After marriage they moved to the Twin Cities where Scott attended Bethel Seminary and graduated with an M.Div. in 1978. Beth also earned a Master’s degree during those years.
Scott pastored Ely Baptist Church near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in NE Minnesota from 1978 until 1991. Their three daughters were born in Ely: Erika (1980), Jill (1982), and Emily (1984). Those were wonderful years raising a family and serving a loving congregation in a beautiful setting of God’s creation. The Pearson girls benefited from growing up in such a beautiful and loving environment nurtured by such a wise and devoted mother.
Scott pastored Grace Baptist Church in Tracy, CA from 1991 to 1994. Those were hard years that ended painfully. Scott learned some hard lessons from some financial failures and painful experiences and took with him to Iowa a saying that is repeated following every Communion service at Cornerstone: “I am totally accepted, fully pleasing, deeply loved, completely forgiven, and empowered to live a new life in Christ because of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.”
Scott and Beth and family moved back to Davenport, Iowa (where Beth grew up) in the summer of 1994 – hurting and without a job. God graciously led this “vulnerable family” to Cornerstone shortly thereafter. “After great pain, a new life emerges.” The Pearsons have thrived at Cornerstone and in the North Scott area and are grateful for God’s abundant blessings.
Erika graduated from Bethel College and lives in Denver with her husband, Kyle, and two sons and two daughters (age 4 and under). Kyle is a pastor and graduate of Denver Seminary. Jill graduated from Iowa State and lives in Des Moines with her husband, Peter, and a daughter and two sons (age 4 and under). Peter is an Iowa State grad who works as an engineer with John Deere and has strong teaching gifts. Emily is an Iowa Hawkeye who married an Iowa baseball player (like her mom did). Mike (Mo) has worked with college students to help them in their spiritual development. Mo and Emily and their children (now two sons and two daughters, age 5 and under) then followed God’s call to a small country in SE Asia where he has started a CrossFit business. Scott and Beth now have 6 grandsons and 5 granddaughters.
Mark & Andrea are originally from Oregon where they began dating the last
term of their senior year at the University of Oregon. After getting married in
1993, they moved to Chicago where Mark attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School in Deerﬁeld, IL. Following graduation with a Masters –Divinity they
moved to Iowa and have been serving at Cornerstone since 1998. Mark &
Andrea are blessed with three children.
They especially love to see
people come to Christ and the church engaged in serving the community.
loves the outdoors and enjoys camping and ﬁshing. He values getting away with
his family on regular vacations. He takes pleasure in watching and coaching his
three kids, Jackson, Mac and Lynden in sports. He keeps up to date in what is
happening in technology and is an Apple enthusiast. An avid Oregon Ducks fan, he makes sure Cornerstone is kept up-to-date with how well the Ducks are doing
in football, basketball, baseball, track….
Pastor Drew has been married to his wonderful wife, Luvy Ann, for more than 15 years. They have 2 children, Aria and Micah. On any given Sunday they can be seen hanging out in the ROCK Center killing time!
Pastor Drew received his B.A. in Intercultural Communication at California State University-Sacramento, CA. A few years later he began his Seminary work and graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (located in one of the most beautiful places in the world!) with a Masters of Divinity. He had begun serving as a volunteer worship leader in 2000 when his father started a new church and needed a worship leader. That opportunity shaped Pastor Drew to be the father, husband, leader, and worshipper that he is today. After 10 years of service to First Family Church God moved Drew to another place of ministry…Cornerstone Baptist Church. He and his family arrived here in Eldridge, Iowa on February 2nd, 2011, the day after the largest single snow storm in Iowa history.
Drew’s hobbies are music, cycling, and CrossFit. Though he does not enjoy running in the least bit he can occasionally be seen running. Cycling is the exercise that he most enjoys and which gets him in the outdoors and provides the opportunity to communicate with God out in His creation. In spite of this, it is CrossFit, that gets the bulk of Drew’s workout time these days.
His passion is to help people experience God. This happens in the music that is played and sung on the platform of Cornerstone, as well as in the preaching of sermons or teaching classes. Helping people know God and worship Him with all that they are is of the utmost importance to Pastor Drew and is at the heart of his ministry philosophy.
Steffan has taken a very non-traditional route in becoming Cornerstone’s Associate Pastor. After earning his B.S. in Mathematics from Iowa State University in 1986, he moved to South Florida and began working as a high school math teacher and football coach. It was during this time that he met, and immediately fell in love with, his wife-to-be, Sandy. They married in 1990.
In 1996 Steffan left teaching and began serving as a Special Agent with the FBI. Originally stationed in Miami, he later was transferred to the Springfield Division. Although his work took him across the country, and around the globe, his most memorable moment in the FBI was when he was introduced to, and immediately fell in love with, the person of Jesus Christ.
Steffan retired from the FBI in 2016 and joined the staff at Cornerstone immediately thereafter.
Steffan and Sandy have five children – Caitlyn, recently graduated from Iowa State University. Abby will graduate from Iowa State in 2019. Connor currently serves as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps. Kizza David attends North Scott High School. Kaggwa Francis passed away in 2017.
Steffan is currently enrolled at the Wesleyan Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He desires to follow hard after Christ with reckless obedience.
Jacob and his wife Caitlin moved into the DeWitt community in 2014 and found Cornerstone - DeWitt and soon made it their church family. Since then, they've added two handsome and joy-filled boys to their own family, Miles and Merrick.
Jacob started to see how God was molding him for serving the church when he saw how his enjoyment of singing and playing instruments could help fulfill a need for music for the high school youth group in which he was attending. After establishing and encouraging worship through music in the youth group, he was then offered opportunities to lead the entire congregation in music. Jacob then was given the opportunity to gather a diverse background in music styles and heart for leading people into worship through song after spending time in a variety of churches throughout his undergraduate and post-graduate schooling. He has had the joy of serving underneath the role of campus worship leader for Cornerstone since 2015.
"It's humbling to know my role is not merely to lead people through a set of songs, but to use music to point a group of people coming from all different situations of life to the person and work of Jesus. It's a joy and my prayer to help people see Jesus more clearly and engage with Him more intimately."
Sandy grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa where she had freshman rhetoric with a fun-loving girl named Heidi. After a spring break trip to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to visit Heidi’s brother Steffan, Sandy and Steffan fell madly in love, got married and settled in the Ft. Lauderdale area. After fourteen years of Florida sun, three kids (Caitlyn, Abby, and Connor), and an introduction to Jesus Christ, God brought Sandy and Steffan back to Iowa and to Cornerstone.
Sandy became Cornerstone’s Director of Children’s Ministries in 2012, and her passion is ‘…to tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD…’ (Psalm 78:4).
Sandy and Steffan adopted brothers David and Francis in 2013, completing their family. In 2016, Steffan took the not-so-traditional route of becoming Cornerstone’s Associate Pastor after a twenty year career with the FBI.
Sandy loves to spend time with her family. Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University in 2018; Abby will graduate from Iowa State in 2019; Connor is a United States Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC; and David is a student at North Scott High School.