About Us

Cornerstone Baptist Church was formed in 1983 with the merging of the Beulah Baptist and Gratiot Avenue Baptist Churches. 

Our senior pastor, Bob Johnson II, began in 1989.  Because of the growth of the church, the church relocated seven years later from one location in Roseville to the present one on 12 Mile Road. 

In 2002, the church began to build the current building, and it was completed two years later. 

Sunday Bulletin

Wednesday Newsletter

Mission Statement

Doctrinal Statement


Ministry Staff

Bob Johnson

Senior Pastor



"I believe that our greatest need is to know Christ. I also believe that Christ is made known all through the Bible. Therefore, I absolutely love to preach about the glories of Christ and the Gospel which God has set on display in the Scriptures and point people to find their complete satisfaction in Him."


Born in Canton, Ohio in 1960, Bob is a life-long Buckeyes fan, for which he deservedly endures immeasurable abuse.  He is married to the love of his life, Cathi (a Detroit girl), and they have three children, Bobby (married to Taylor), Rebecca (married to Stephen Magee), and Arianna.


Bob has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone since 1989.  He has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (1997).    

Jerry Benge 

Associate Pastor




Jerry has an M.A. in Bible & a M.Div. from Bob Jones University. He has planted churches in Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana (1984-1995) and was an associate Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church from 1995-2009. He has been a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors since 1993. Jerry just returned from 12 years in Ukraine.  He served as a professor in the Pastoral Leadership program at Kyiv Theological Seminary. 

Jerry is married to Kellie and has 3 children and, at last count, 8 grandchildren. 

Zeola Carey

Women's Ministry Director



Zeola was born and raised in Detroit and has been serving in various ministry positions since 1996.  She currently serves as the Women’s Precept Bible study leader at Cornerstone.

Through the Holy Spirit, she holds to the truth that all she needs is in Christ alone.  Her passion is for women to know and live out the fullness of what Christ accomplished for each of them upon the cross and to bring that same message to those around them. 

She spent over 24 years with the federal government before retiring as a criminal investigator in 2012.  She earned her Bachelor and Associate degrees from Detroit College of Business (Davenport University), has one daughter (Andrena), son-in-law (Joseph) and four grandchildren (Caleb, Joanna, Ethan and Ezra.) She relaxes by reading and traveling – she is always up for a good road trip.

Scott Derouin

Associate Pastor




Scott surrendered to Christ as his only hope of salvation at the age of 20. He has been married to Susie since 1996 and they have four children: Caleb, Noah, Benjamin, and Toby. They have been at Cornerstone since 2017.

Scott has a Bachelors in Business Studies and an MDiv from Liberty University. Before coming to Cornerstone, Scott served in lay ministry for 15 years and as an associate pastor for 5+ years. 

Scott’s passion is to see young adults living independently by faith in Jesus Christ, both in and out of the church.

I Thessalonians 2:8 - Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

Dave Dunham

Associate Pastor

Discipleship & Counseling



As Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Counseling, Dave serves to equip our congregation to fulfill the "one-another" commands of Scripture through administering Cornerstone's Small Group Ministry and through counseling. He has been at Cornerstone since the spring of 2013, having previously served in a variety of roles and a variety of churches.  Dave has helped to plant churches, served as a church consultant, and taught at both a state university and an interdenominational seminary.  He has a BA in English and Pre-Theology from Ohio University and an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

Dave and Krista have been married since 2004, and have three children, Maleigha, Zane, and Zosia.

Chad Holmgren

Associate Pastor
Family & Children's Ministries



Chad is the Associate Pastor of Family & Children's Ministries and is the director of “In the Light” children’s ministry.  He graduated with a BS degree in Bible from Baptist Bible College in PA, and served as a Student Ministries Intern at Cornerstone from 2005-2006. Chad has also served as a Youth Pastor and Church Planter in the Metro-Detroit area. 


Chad, Sarah, and their three kids enjoy getting together with other Cornerstone families, doing a variety of outdoor activities, and meeting new people.

Dave Kaynor

Associate Pastor



Dave and his wife, Liz, have been members at Cornerstone since 1998, but Dave started working at Cornerstone in 2015.  He is a graduate of Cedarville University and Wayne State University, where he earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.  Before joining the Cornerstone staff, he was a secondary math teacher in Christian and public schools for 17 years.  


Dave enjoys sports, whether that be watching, playing, or reading about them, and sometimes crossword puzzles.  Dave and Liz have four children and one son-in-law.  

Derek Niffenegger

Associate Pastor



Derek grew up in the metro Detroit area and spent his Junior High and High School years at Cornerstone. After graduating from Warren Mott High School, Derek studied at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received his BS in music ministry and met his wonderful wife Laura.  Derek is currently working on his Mdiv in church ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  After getting married in the spring of 2012, Derek and Laura spent the next 10 years serving churches together in both Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  They now have two adorable children, Liam and Kenzie.


Derek loves to worship with the body of Christ, and believes that corporate worship must be centered around loving the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. 

Johnny Norbeck

Associate Pastor
Student Ministries


Johnny grew up in New Jersey and served there in various pastoral positions for nearly nine years. He has been serving at Cornerstone since April 2012 as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries. His desire is to help students enjoy God as they live their lives rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ. Johnny has a BS in Theology with an emphasis in Student Ministries from Baptist Bible College and is completing his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Johnny and his wife, Robyn, have been married since 2004, and enjoy their five children.

Elder Board

Jerry Benge

Scott Derouin

Dave Dunham

Chad Holmgren

Bob Johnson

Laurence Johnson

Dave Kaynor

Garry Lloyd

Rob O'Brien

John Mulkey

Derek Niffenegger

Johnny Norbeck

Ken Peck

Roy Schnepper

Bert Spalding

Justin Summerville

Jon Wemple