Meet our Faculty.

Michael Pasquale

Professor of Linguistics
Ph.D., Michigan State University


Dr. Pasquale is Chair of the Humanities Division and Professor of Linguistics at Cornerstone University. He also serves as a consultant for mission organizations and local churches providing training in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. He has been a member of the Michigan State Board of Education World Language Standards Development Committee (ESL & Spanish) and is also a member of TESOL and Michigan TESOL. He is the author of An ESL Ministry Handbook: Contexts and Principles(Credo House, 2011) and (with Nathan L.K. Bierma) Every Tribe and Tongue: A Biblical Vision of Language in Society (Pickwick Publications, 2011).

Judy F. Keller

M.A. in Education/TESL, University of Kansas

In addition to working with the M.A. TESOL program at Cornerstone, Judy currently teaches ESL at Grand Rapids Community College. Before coming to Michigan, she taught for 3 years in New York City at the King’s College. Her interest in teaching English as a second language began during her 17 years working as a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa.

Brian Pickerd

M.A. in Education/Applied Linguistics, Aquinas College

For nearly two decades, Brian has worked professionally with the German, French, and English languages as an instructor and language consultant. With a commitment to solid, compassionate learning environments, Brian instructs in the secondary and post-secondary venues. He currently divides his time between teaching language courses and Foreign Language/TESOL Methodology and creating educational exchange opportunities.


Jon Whitmer

M.A. in Linguistics, Baptist Bible Translators Institute
M.A. in English, Grand Valley State University

Over the last six years, Jon has taught courses in French, Composition, Literature and Linguistics. His interest in TESOL is an outgrowth of his prior preparation for Bible Translation work.

Grace Lee Amuzie

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Amuzie has worked with ESL and EFL teachers and learners in a variety of settings. Her teaching and research interests include intercultural competence, grammar instruction, teaching methodology, and integration of faith and learning. In addition to teaching TESOL courses at Cornerstone, she teaches writing and rhetoric for ESL learners at Calvin College.