I was born in Grand Rapids, MI, and then lived for 13 years in Overland Park, KS before moving to Mooresville, NC. I attended the University of North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!) where I met my beautiful wife, Gwen, who was from Delaware County. I moved to Pennsylvania in 2001 and began to work with a large investment company in the area where, for the past several years, I have worked as an Enterprise Risk Manager. During this time I also became a Certified Public Accountant. While I grew up in a church-going home, I would say my faith in our Lord Jesus did not really begin to materialize until after college. Gwen and I started dating after college and were married in 2002. We have 3 awesome kids that keep us busy with sports and school activities. Over the years I have seen God do some incredible things in our life, things that can really only be explained by His presence. I enjoy working with kids and seeing how our Lord uses them each and every day and is preparing them for their future.
Orval grew up in the small town of Marshallton, Delaware. Increasing service and devotion to his Savior Jesus Christ is the pattern of his life. Graduation from college led to 40+ years as an educator at all levels from teacher, to administrator, to district and state department positions. Currently teaching at the University of Delaware as an adjunct professor for the Library Media Specialists Program and serving as chair of the deacons. Orval is married to his wife Margie and together they serve the Lord through various ministries, but are most excited about the work they do to coordinate volunteers and meals for Family Promise, a program that provides meals and housing for homeless families.
Orval has three adult sons and lives in West Grove, Pennsylvania
I was born and raised in a Christian home as the youngest of six children in Wilmington, DE. I graduated from McKean high school and went right into completing my HVAC Apprenticeship. I’ve been working in the HVAC industry for over 30 years. Most of that time (24 years) was spent at the General Motors plant in DE until the plant closed in 2009. After 15 months of unemployment, the Lord provided an HVAC job at Boeing, where I am currently employed.
I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Sara for 17 years. We are blessed to have two wonderful children who remind us daily of the Lord’s love and sovereignty in our lives.
We live in Newark, DE, just miles away from where Sara & I each grew up.
We love Cornerstone and have been calling it our church home since January of 2002. I serve as a deacon, play guitar/sing on the Praise team, and enjoy teaching Children’s Church with Sara.
Joe Irwin and his wife Jamie have been attending Cornerstone since moving to Landenberg from California in 2004. They have three children. Joe is an engineer at a major aerospace company with a Bachelors of Science from Penn State University and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Southern California. He is a deacon at Cornerstone and is involved in the Boys’ Life, Hospitality, and Information Technology ministries.
Tom MacAulay, grew up in Delaware and has lived in Landenberg for the past 30 years. Tom and his wife Sue have been a part of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church since the beginning, 22 years ago. Before Cornerstone, Tom and his family were not active members of a church body, but were simply attenders of EP Church. Being a part of the Cornerstone church plant, Tom and his family, became active members, resulting in much more spiritual growth in their lives.
Tom works part-time in both property management and for Good Neighbors Home Repair (a ministry serving home-owners in Delaware and Chester County, Pennsylvania). This ministry works with volunteers to repair homes of elderly and low-income homeowners by restoring their homes – and their hope. Tom is an avid cyclist who enjoys road biking in beautiful Lancaster and Chester counties. His cycling has also taken him on many adventures in different parts of the United States. Tom and Sue have three married children and nine grandchildren, who live all over the country. They both enjoy traveling to visit family and see their beautiful country.
Alex grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Elkton, Maryland for the past 10 years. As a freshman at the University of Delaware, through Intervarsity, Alex was first presented the Gospel and began his personal relationship with Christ in the fall of 1992. He was very fortunate to be surrounded by faithful believers at UD who helped me understand what having a personal relationship with Christ meant. Alex and his wife Julie have been attending Cornerstone since 1999, with a short break after moving out of the area before returning in 2004. God has blessed us with two children.
At Cornerstone Alex have been actively involved in Christian Service Brigade since its inception in 1998, serving in several positions – Ranger, Lieutenant and most recently as Captain. Alex also maintains the Cornerstone website, serves as an usher and manages the second softball team from Cornerstone that participates in the Southern Chester County Church Softball league.
Jeff was born and raised in Maryland and in 2005 relocated with his family to Pennsylvania. In 1998, he married his wife Melissa and is the father of five children. As a family, they sought after a church that was biblically sound with a strong youth program. Shortly after attending their first service, they quickly realized that Cornerstone would be their church family. Since that time, Jeff has been blessed to serve as a Deacon leading our Mercy Ministry.
As a 75-year old I have had a lot of experience knowing God. That gives me some perspective on my life that I did not always recognize along the way.
God blessed me by putting me in a Christian home at birth. My father was a Presbyterian minister and a fine preacher. He and my mother helped develop my faith at home. In retrospect, one thing that was very helpful was family devotions — reading a chapter of the Bible every night. That gave me a good overview of the whole Bible. I also got Christian leadership experience in church youth group. Of course no one inherits salvation. I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart at Sandy Cove Boy’s Camp, when I was eight, and I have sought to grow in faith and spiritual maturity ever since.
At the University of Delaware, I became active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship when I realized that, for my faith to survive and grow, I had to join a Christian group.
I am married to my wonderful wife Anne and the Lord has blessed us with three children, two born to us and one adopted from Guyana. They are now grown and married. Two are active members and leaders in their churches and we have five grandchildren. Over the years we have been active members of several churches. In each we have sought to serve the Lord through various ministries and offices.
Following graduation from U of D, I worked as an electrical engineer and eventually became a senior consultant in DuPont and a Fellow in IEEE. After retiring, I did independent consulting for some years but now I primarily focus on volunteer work at Cornerstone. I enjoy serving as a Deacon and the secretary and records manager of any committee that will have me.