Bruce was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. As a young man God, through His grace, captured his heart and he became a Christian. After graduation he worked briefly as a draftsman for Maryland Steel Products Company. As he continued to grow in faith in the Lord, he had an opportunity to serve his country and enlisted after the 1969 “Tet Offensive.” He joined the Marine Corps, serving two years active duty and four years in the reserve. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he went to school at the University of Maryland. After three years of study, he left school and worked as a police officer for the Baltimore County Police Department. After several years, he resigned from the department due to a rare opportunity where he purchased his first of several horse farms where he bred and raised Thoroughbred race horses. For the next eighteen years he worked on his farms in Carroll County, Maryland, Bel Air, Maryland and Cecil County, Maryland. It was during this time that he really grew in the Lord and became very active in church. He met his wife, Margaret, in 1987 in Houston, Texas, and they were married in Houston in November, 1987. Moving from Texas to Maryland, they have also in Landenberg, PA and for the last ten years have lived in Newark, Delaware. They have a daughter Sarah Christine who is a freshman at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she is studying music with a major in Vocal Performance, and plans to teach after graduation. The past 18 years Bruce has faithfully served at Cornerstone in a number of ministries, including 17 years as an elder and 6 years as Clerk of Session.
Billy Haines (Teaching Elder)
Pastor Billy grew up in the small town of Milford, Delaware. In 1999, he heard the Gospel for the first time at a youth retreat. It was at the closing ceremonies for this retreat that he also met his future wife, Laura (It was a great weekend). Six months later he was a freshman at the University of Delaware where he got involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and also found a great Church in Cornerstone! He was drawn to the church primarily because of the convicting, practical peaching and vibrant community. After graduating from college, he married his college sweetheart and became an eighth grade science teacher at a local public school. During this time, he and Laura served as youth group volunteers at Cornerstone. Through experiences like this, he began to sense the Lord’s calling into vocational ministry and in response, enrolled as a part-time student at Westminster Seminary and became a campus pastor with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Delaware. He graduated seminary with an M.Div. in 2010 and was ordained in the PCA in 2014. Billy and Laura have three children and live in Newark, Delaware.
Ralph was born and raised in Newark, Delaware. His family went to church frequently, but they never really spoke about God at home. When he was in elementary school they started attending a church where the gospel was preached. When Ralph was eight years old, he heard the gospel in a way that he understood and he believed it. Ralph prayed with one of the Sunday school teachers that day. Since that time, God has drawn him closer to himself.
When Ralph entered fifth grade, his parents began sending him to Christian school. He is thankful for the eight years of Christian education that he received. When he graduated from high school, he decided to attend the University of Delaware. While at UD, he got involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. It was during these years where he was challenged in his faith and he grew more deeply in his relationship with Christ.
After college, Ralph was very involved with Young Life, an outreach mission to unchurched high school students. It was there that he met his wife, Danica, while leading together at the same school. They have been married for 15 years. God has blessed them with three children, Annabelle (10), Gavin (8), and Emma (4).
He is fortunate to work in a career that he loves. After college, he worked in the banking industry for 13 years. As he advanced in his career, he became more and more dissatisfied with what he was doing and has switched careers. He is now teaching high school mathematics at Wilmington Christian School.
Tim grew up in the best neighborhood in the world, a small development in Ellicott City, Maryland. He has, and always, will love sports of all kinds, especially those played in the backyard. Tim graduated from Towson University with a degree in Physical Education, and taught school for several years before accepting a full-time calling in ministry with Cornerstone in 2002. Tim married up, to the incredible Julie Dallwig, and they have four amazing, beautiful, and sometimes silly girls. Tim also has a MA degree from Westminster Seminary in Biblical Counseling. He enjoys working with the teens and people at Cornerstone who are struggling together to love God and love others.
George and his wife Gail have been at Cornerstone since 2005. Previously, they were active in several PCA churches where he helped establish evangelism training ministries. He has had the privilege at Cornerstone to teach Sunday school classes on evangelism, apologetics and church history, along with leading a home group. He has also been serving as a ruling elder since 2011. Occupationally, George was a high school history teacher teacher and coach in Delaware for 30 years. Currently George manages a small business in Wilmington, Delaware. George and Gail married in 1970, raised two children and now have five grandchildren. George’s Christian walk began in 1985. It was then that he transferred his trust for eternal life from his own works to what Jesus did for him at the Cross. The works and salvation of the Mormon Church that he was raised in and believed was no match for the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
David Phillips (Teaching Elder)
Augustine said that he was a product of his mother’s tears, and David thinks of himself as a product of his forefathers’ prayers. Dave’s parents taught him to pray from the time he could talk, and he first responded to the gospel though a sermon his own dad preached on the second commandment. The Holy Spirit graciously opened David’s eyes to see not only the idols in his life which had become more important than the Creator of all things, but also to see that his good works were never good enough to satisfy a Judge who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His holiness. Only Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross could put David in right standing before God the Father, without blemish and free from accusation. Having been exposed to universalism and higher critical views of Scripture at a Roman Catholic high school in Rochester, New York, Dave decided to major in Philosophy at Wheaton College (Illinois) in order to have an answer for the hope that he held. His advisor introduced him to Augustine and John Owen, and also encouraged him to pursue further studies. After a brief sojourn in social work with the Salvation Army, Dave moved to the north shore of Boston to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A missions class and a one year missions internship in East Asia resulted in his pursuit of Bible translation work and his marriage to a gifted linguist whom he met at church. David and his wife spent 12 years ministering cross-culturally with Wycliffe Bible Translators in South Asia, with their final term in administration, where he recognized that the Lord was preparing him for pastoral ministry.
David was installed as Associate Pastor in October, 2017. He enjoys serving Cornerstone in the areas of adult Christian education, home groups, and men’s ministry. He is also excited to be part of the ESL ministry. Dave’s hobbies include reading novels out loud with his wife Ginny, chasing his 4 year old daughter on the playground, and playing volleyball.
Although Bob was raised in a Christian home, his Christianity was all “head knowledge” until he graduated from college. It was then that Christ’s love changed his heart and became life changing to him. Bob met his wife Gail while they both worked as volunteer leaders for Young Life in several high schools in Delaware County. They were married in 1977 and just celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. He currently works as a chemist for 3M.
Bob and Gail have been involved in numerous ministries through the years, often working as partners. In addition to Young Life, they were also volunteer leaders for Youth for Christ for a short time when they first moved to Delaware. They were also involved in teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday School, Junior Church, and led the Junior High Youth Ministry at Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Bob has been a Deacon for both EP Church as well as Cornerstone, working primarily in the area of Mercy Ministries. Bob and Gail have been leading a home group for several years and Bob has been involved in Cornerstone’s Music Ministry for 19 years. They both enjoy housing international students from the English Language Institute at the University of Delaware. Bob and Gail use this as an opportunity to share the gospel and show God’s love to students from all over the world.
Bob and Gail’s younger son, Jeff, attends Cornerstone and is involved as an usher and in the nursery. Their older son, Brian, died 18 years ago at the age of 18. The struggles they went through with Brian’s addiction and death resulted in both a stronger marriage and a more urgent desire to minister to others and help those who have suffered through significant loss.
Bob hopes to approach this office with a heart of humility and a love for the people of this congregation.
Kevin grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA. Although his family attended church, he never trusted Christ for his salvation until college at the University of Delaware. It was then that he first realized that his “good works” gain him nothing in the sight of God. He met his wife Jen in college and they have been married since 1994. Kevin and Jen have four children (Maddie, Marshall, Morgan and Mitchell). They currently live in Newark, Delaware.
Dave grew up in York, PA, attending church weekly with his family. From an early age, he desired to serve God and wanted to do what was right. As he faced personal challenges growing up he wrestled with his goodness, while also working through the truth claims of Christianity intellectually. As a college student, Dave found solid reasons for faith, and found the Lord to be a real God of grace and truth, realizing that though he could never fully do what was right, Christ has accomplished all of that for us who trust him.
Dave has found the local church to be a home of grace, peace, and truth for all the challenges of life among God’s people.
He and his wife Amy have been married 25 years. They have four children; Adam (married and out on his own), Josh, Peter, and Emily. Dave has served on the missions committee and with the boys’ ministries at Cornerstone. He loves being part of, and serving, God’s family at Cornerstone.
There is a catechism question which asks: “What is my only hope in life in death?”, where the answer is, “That I am not my own, but belong to my faithful savior, Jesus Christ.” Dave trusts God to make this only hope in Christ the resounding theme of his life.
Seth was born into a Christian family and is very thankful for the strong Christian heritage that has been passed down through his extended family. He has known Christ’s love and forgiveness from an early age. He attended Christian school and was then homeschooled through his high school years. Seth graduated from the University of Delaware where he was involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Since the age of twelve he has had the privilege of working with his dad and grandfather in the family construction business and has participated in the building of many local churches and schools, including Cornerstone.
Mark did not grow up in a Christian home, but was taken to Sunday school as a child. He was convicted and saved at the age of 16 by God’s grace and love. The Lord used his youth leader, Ralph Trout, to bring the Gospel to him. Ralph was his mentor and his friend. Mark served the Lord as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher of all ages at Bethany Orthodox Presbyterian Church and became a ruling elder at this church in 1984 and served in the position for eighteen years. In 2004, Mark was elected as a Ruling Elder at Cornerstone. The Lord has given him the opportunity to teach adult Sunday school and lead a home group. Also, he has served on the Presbytery Credentials Committee and has served on the Board of the Prison Outreach of Delaware.
Marsh and Eileen retired from their Infectious Disease practice 2 years ago and have appreciated the blessing of being able to serve their family and church with their additional time. They have been members at Cornerstone for about 20 years and have enjoyed participating in Home Groups and other ministries. Currently, they are involved in Session, Home Groups, ESL, Men’s and Women’s Ministry and Family Promise. Their callings are similar in one-on-one relationships and small groups, as well as reaching out to the culturally diverse community.