Reverend Tory Pruner
As of December 1, 2015 we welcome Reverend Tory Pruner as our new Pastor. She has been hired by the session to serve as our pastor in our time of transition. Tory comes to Cornerstone with years of experience. She served as the Associate Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Toms River for 27 years. Her responsibilities included work with the finance, property, outreach, stewardship, Christian education commissions. She led the children’s ministry and worked with the youth and adult ministries.Last year Tory went on permanent disability because of Lupus and ongoing back issues. During that time she came to Cornerstone as one of our guest preachers. Then this summer she expressed interest in possibly serving as our pastor. Tory shared with our pastor search committee, “Now that I am on disability, I have discovered a stirring within my heart that the Lord is not done with me yet. I believe God has a place where I may faithfully serve him despite my limitations. My ability to only work part-time, my passion to see the church of Jesus Christ grow, and the Spirit’s working on my heart all point to God’s call in my life to pastor to the small church.” We believe that Tory is a perfect fit for this stage in the life of our congregation. We encourage you to introduce yourself as you welcome Tory so she can begin to get to know your name. Let us together give her a warm welcome to our family of faith!
Director of Music Susan Rovira
Susan Rovira has served as an Organist/Choir Director for many years providing meaningful music for worship at several congregations. She is experienced at directing adult and children’s choirs. She has also, over the years, build up solid and beautiful church choirs with individuals who have never had experience singing in the choir before. She has also served as a music teacher in the public school system for over 35 years. She is strong in organization and preparedness and she is an encourager of those interested in singing to God. In her past, she has served as organist/Children’s Choir and Adult Choir Director with First Presbyterian of Hamilton Square and before that was organist for St. John’s Catholic Church of Allentown, NJ. In addition, she has served as organist and Adult/Children’s Choir Director for the Jamesburg Presbyterian Church and early on in her career she grew up in First Presbyterian Church of Englishtown and served as their organist for several years. Susan is a graduate of Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music Education with an Organ Major and a Voice Minor. She is also attended Rutgers University with 15 credits towards a Master in Musicology. Cornerstone is blessed to have Susan share her faith and her giftedness in music leadership to enhance our worship and to re-energize our choir to growth and performance.
Youth and Children’s Ministry Intern: Abby Cloos
Cornerstone welcomes Abby Cloos, a student at Eastern University, where she is studying to be a Youth Minister. She joined our staff in October 2016 as our intern for Youth and Children’s MInistry.
Abby grew up in the church where she attend church school and when she was old enough became an assistant teacher church teacher, and then church teacher. She also taught vacation Bible school for four years. She attended seven Youth Mission Trips all over the country. Abby comes to us with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm. Her responsibilities include assisting in worship and co-teaching our youth Sunday School class, as well as attending youth events as her schedule allows.
Elizabeth Hughes has served as our Administrative Assistant since 2011. She has been a member of Cornerstone, though, since it’s very beginning. Elizabeth is much more than an Administrative Assistant as she supports all areas of ministry at Cornerstone with her three children, devoted husband, and her heart for Christ. After working as an engineer in the defense industry for more than 10 years, Elizabeth took a break to stay at home and raise her children. As our Administrative Assistant, she oversees all communication about our church with organizing and publishing our weekly bulletins, and weekly email updates as well as our monthly newsletters. Elizabeth oversees the content and organization of our website and maintains a database of our members including their birthdays as well as information about their youth and children. Elizabeth assists the clerk and the pastor in keeping our church roles up to date and in keeping track of financial records to support our Volunteer Treasurer in tracking financial data. Elizabeth also helps to support our media opportunities on Sunday mornings and publishes special mailings, brochures, and other church communications. Elizabeth has a heart for Christ and all three of her children are active in our church ministry as well as her husband. As a volunteer, she teaches Sunday School, hosts our women’s Bible Study, and supports all areas of children’s, youth, fellowship, and mission opportunities. We are very blessed to have Elizabeth on staff and know that she works very hard in all her responsibilities in service to Christ and to help Cornerstone grow and be a light in the Jackson Community and Beyond.