Damian Mericka | Lead Pastor
First, Cornerstone is where the Mericka's call home. They are a part of this family and love celebrating life in Jesus together. Second, Damian has been called to serve this Church in the role of Lead Pastor.
Originally from Ohio, Damian joined us in 2015 with a very diverse background. A PK (Preacher's kid) he came to know Jesus as Savior after a fiery revival when he was five; and the rest of his life has been spent learning to know and submit to Him as Lord. Degreed in both Business and Ministry, Damian served along side his dad in ministry both in Ohio and Georgia. Having a heart for smaller churches he supplemented income by managing in various retail environments along with serving our Country in Active Duty Army.
While pastoring in NC he met and married his wife Lacie and together they have two beautiful daughters, Hayden and Saige. In 2016 God answered their prayers in a very powerful way and their size grows from time-to-time through foster caring. Along with their cat, Bruce, the Mericka family still feels God is going to continue to grow their family.
Collectively Damian has pastored in OH, GA, NC, TX and now NJ with a passion for Missions. This has led him to partner with the Christian & Mission Alliance denomination, leading Cornerstone into efforts impacting both domestic Mission efforts and abroad.
When not pouring over endless volumes of a library he enjoys intense cardio workouts, coffee, dating his wife and singing The Greatest Showman songs while dancing with his daughters. Email
Emily Strunk | Office Admin
My husband Gary and I have been part of the Cornerstone family for 25 years. We were drawn to Cornerstone Chapel by knowing the presence of God is here, the strong biblical teaching and loving community of believers
Our three children grew up through their teen years in the church and had many friends in the youth group. Our daughter even found a great guy here and married him!
Currently I am serving on staff as Administrator for the office and building. In the past I have served on almost every ministry except worship team. When I get to heaven I hope the Lord makes me a soprano. It is also my privilege to be part of the Cornerstone Women's Ministry Team.
In my spare time I enjoy my six grandchildren, reading and gardening. Email
Molly Beth Shaver | Office Staff
When God told my husband and I to move to New Jersey we had no idea of what we were in for! We decided that the first thing we would do was find a church, so we gathered a list of 5-6 in the area and started with Cornerstone Chapel. We never made it to any of the others on the list.
Walking into Cornerstone was like coming home. The people were friendly, the teaching was biblical, and it was everything we were looking for. After two years, we have both found our place in this family and have never regretted our decision.
I currently serve Cornerstone Chapel as a bookkeeper and assistant. I handle different administrative jobs like weekly finances and accounts payable as well as designing the newsletter and any other graphics Pastor Damian decides he needs.
When I'm not engrossed in credit cards receipts and bank statements, I'm reading, babying my avocado tree, or baking something I'll try to pawn off on the rest of the office staff later. Email
Cornerstone Chapel is a part of the Metro District within the Christian & Missionary Alliance. We enjoy a leadership through qualified men serving as Elders along with delegated roles in leadership across our Ministries.