• Matthew pfeil

    ASsociate pastor

    After being an elementary PE teacher in Las Vegas for over a decade, Matt has returned to his hometown to help make disciples and drink Tim Horton's coffee. It was in Las Vegas where Matt met his wife Amy, came to faith in Christ, had 3 kids (Madelyn, Elizabeth, and Andrew), went to Seminary, and perfected his guacamole recipe.

    He is excited to walk alongside people, helping them to grow in their intimacy with Christ. His life verse is 1 Peter 315; ask him about it - he'd love to tell you why!

    Matt and Amy love spending time with their kids, which usually includes playing hide-and-seek, hot-and-cold, and trying to find the remote control after their youngest child hides it.

    Contact Matt at matt@cornerstonechurch.life.

    Associate Pastor Job Description

  • arthur ward

    worship and Media aRts director

    Arthur was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He recently graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications and a Minor in music. After feeling God’s calling in his life to use music for the Kingdom, he decided to pursue worship ministry. Through the affirmation of other believers and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God provided many opportunities that ultimately led him to Cornerstone.

    Arthur believes that worship goes far beyond music, and one of his favorite illustrations comes from Romans 12:1-2. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

    Arthur loves spending time with friends, creating music, and playing/watching sports. He is an avid Buffalo sports fan, and grew up supporting the Sabres and Bills!

    You can contact Arthur at arthur@cornerstonechurch.life.

    Worship and Media Arts Director Job Description

  • Donna linenfelser

    children's ministry director

    When she's not dressing up like a scarecrow or doing an interview as Fancy Grace, Donna is opening up the Word of God to show kids just how big Jesus is. She has been in Children’s Ministry for over 30 years. "I have had the opportunity to teach my own children, and now my grandchildren...what a blessing! I love planting seeds in the lives of the kids.”   


    Her life verse is Ephesians 4:32, because no one is perfect.


    With their kids grown and married, Donna and her husband Paul are “empty nesters” on Grand Island. When they DO get a chance to relax, they love taking off in their camper for the weekend.

    You can contact Donna at donna@cornerstonechurch.life.

    Children's Ministry Director Job Description

  • colton lackey


    Colton moved to Buffalo in October of 2017 and has loved becoming invested in the culture of a city that revolves around pizza and wings. Growing up in Virginia he somehow became a passionate Indianapolis Colts fan, lover of video games and comics, and indulges in many outdoor activities like fishing and hiking. He has recently served 3 summers in youth ministry at Circle C Ranch as a counselor and program director. “God truly taught me what it meant to be a follower of him through my experiences and teaching as a camper and staff member at the ranch.”

    In his time working at camp, Colton developed a heart for youth ministry and is now pursuing God’s calling for his life with the opportunity to serve the youth of Cornerstone. One of his favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10 “This verse reminds me of part of the purpose I serve here on earth as a servant of Christ to reflect him and do God’s works.”

  • kevin wright

    Student ministrIES MENTOR

    Kevin and his wife, Lisa, have served in local ministry together for 30 years.  Ministry experiences began at the church where they met in high school and continued through Kevin’s years at seminary and brought them full circle back to their home church where Kevin served as Associate Pastor and Lead Pastor for 12 years.  They are parents to two adult children who reside in Denver, CO (Kevin Jr.) and Buffalo, NY (Karissa). Kevin and Lisa are proud 1st time grandparents to Marcus Jr (Karissa).  The Wright family is rounded out with the edition of their 2-year-old Golden Retriever named, Maddie – AKA “Madden” (#raidernation). 

    Kevin has a heart for serving God via the local church body and is continually discerning the Lord’s call upon his life.  “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” – 1 Samuel 3, is one of many bible passages that motivates Kevin to be available/used by God.  Within the church context Kevin enjoys growing alongside those God have entrusted to him (discipleship, mentoring, releasing). In his spare time Kevin enjoys participating in a variety of sports, gardening, wood working, cooking, keeping up with the latest technology, people watching, and spending time with family.  

    E-mail Kevin at kevin@cornerstonechurch.life

  • vinh nguyen

    Sports ministry director

    Vinh Nguyen moved to Western New York in August of 2017. He moved to the area from Southern Illinois (about 15 minutes from St. Louis, MO so he’s naturally a Cardinals fan). He is currently working on his PhD specializing in New Testament Greek and Linguistics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in Biblical Languages from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Vinh has been married to his wife Michele since July of 2010. They met in Southern Illinois where they both lived for over twenty years before relocating to Arkansas. They have two little girls, Alli (4) and Autumn (2) with their third, Karis, arriving shortly (August 23, 2018). Before moving to Louisiana, Vinh served as a pastoral intern and college minister at Crossgate Church in Hot Springs, AR. He then went on to serve as a Student Pastor while in seminary at First Baptist Church Westwego.

    Vinh is passionate about ministry and enjoys teaching and preaching to students and adults alike. “I want to help make disciples who will keep making disciples for the Kingdom of God. I love developing leaders and equipping them to use their talents and gifts to glorify God in service of the church.”

    In his spare time (ha!), Vinh enjoys spending time with his daughters, fishing, hunting, playing sports, backpacking (basically anything outdoors). He also loves to read, study biblical languages, do biblical research, and write. His life is dedicated to equipping effective leaders for the local church, so that, the bride of Christ will be ready, adorned and ready to receive her groom.

    Contact Vinh at vinh@cornerstonechurch.life

  • Sue Robertson

    office manager &

    Children’s Ministry Assistant

    A get ‘er done type of gal, Sue is Donna’s behind the scenes, right hand girl. When she isn’t researching and dreaming big things for Children’s Ministry with Donna, you can usually find her biking and running around Grand Island or just relaxing around a camp fire.

    Sue is at home here on GI with her husband and three kids, who all enjoy her good cooking and baking.

    Trusting God first! One of her favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6.

    You can contact Sue at sue@cornerstonechurch.life or office@cornerstonechurch.life.

  • Ron wilson

    facility manager

    Representing a lifetime lived in Niagara County, Ron uses his gifts to serve as our facility manager. He is known for his ability to consume vast amounts of food. Ron relentlessly roots for the Bills and also enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He and his wife Krysta have two kids.

    He’s thankful for salvation, for family, and of course for food. Every time he is faced with a big decision, the song “Word Of God Speak” by Mercy Me directs him to Jesus.

    Ron’s e-mail is ron@cornerstonechurch.life.


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