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lead pastor Drew Carroll

Our Pastor, Drew Carroll and his wife Megan, joined our staff in September, 2005 as our Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation, quickly becoming our Associate Pastor, and then becoming our Pastor in 2009. Drew is graduate of the local Aurora School District (where he met his wife, Megan, in the sixth grade at Harmon Middle School!), Cedarville University (B.A. in Pre-Seminary Bible), and Southern Seminary (Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry). 

Prior to coming on staff, he was a pastoral intern at his home church (Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro, OH) and owned a small pressure washing business. 

Pastor Drew enjoys watching Cleveland sports, woodworking, playing guitar, watching movies, fountain pens, and his family, including his three children Meredith, Matthew and Nathan.

You can e-mail Pastor Drew at pastordrew@cornerstoneaurora.com.

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Family Pastor Matthew Russell

Our Family Pastor, Matthew Russell and his wife Kelsey, joined our staff in November 2016, having spent the last 4 years in Louisville studying at Southern Seminary.  Matthew is a graduate of the local Solon City Schools and Boyce College at Southern in Louisville, KY. Matthew received both his Bachelors at Boyce College and His Master of Divinity at Southern in Biblical and Theological Studies. 

Prior to coming on staff, he lived in Louisville with his wife Kelsey, working on staff at Faith Community Church, as their Office Administrator.   

Pastor Matthew enjoys relaxing evenings at home with family, his pets, reading novels, going on walks (especially in the MetroParks), writing, and working outside with his hands. He and Kelsey also are pleased that God gave them their daughter Madeline in August of 2018.

You can e-mail Pastor Matthew at pastormatthew@cornerstoneaurora.com


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Crystal Hatfield, Communication Specialist

A member of Cornerstone since 2001, Crystal Hatfield is our church office communication specialist. Crystal graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication.

There are few areas of our church where Crystal has not served during her years of service at Cornerstone. She currently serves as an Upward basketball coach, and teaches in King's Kidz during our worship service. She also serves on staff at our preschool, My First School.

Crystal resides in Garrettsville, with her husband, Jeff, and their five children: Scotty, Elijah, Moriah, Alyssa and Jesse. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing sports with her kids.

You can email Crystal at chatfield@cornerstoneaurora.com.

Julie Kaiser My First School Director

Julie Kaiser is our new Director! She believes that children are a great blessing from God and should be treasured. Julie has been on staff at My First School since 2011.

Julie lives in Garrettsville with her husband, Joe. They have three grown children all currently attending different colleges. In her spare time, Julie volunteers with 4-H, and enjoys working with horses on their family’s farm.

You can contact Julie by e-mailing her at jkaiser@cornerstoneaurora.com.