Richard and Betty Sterkenburg: Living Out God's Calling

By Kimberly Atwood on December 3, 2018

Listening to the Call

At the age of fourteen, Richard Sterkenburg (M.Div. ’56) pledged his life to the mission field. But it wasn't until senior year of high school, in making a college decision, did the Lord remind him of that promise. This prompting led Richard to begin his college career, in which he obtained his B.A. in secondary education from Calvin College, his M.Div. from Grand Rapids Theological…

Radical Justice: Dr. Peter Osborn on CU's Efforts in Accessible Education

By Dennis Graham on November 6, 2018

"At Cornerstone, we don't just provide education; we actively remove barriers that keep others from experiencing that education."

Within two minutes of sitting down with Dr. Peter Osborn, vice president for adult learning, you gain a palpable sense of his passion for accessible education.

And with the forthcoming launch of a new program partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries, Cornerstone is advancing…

Erin White (B.A. ’13): How Art Keeps Me Sane

By Bailey Linton on October 3, 2018

Erin White (B.A. ’13) has carried her passion for art and film since high school. She knew that with her media studies major, focused in film production, her journey would not be an easy one, especially since the conclusion of the film incentive program in Michigan. She had an urge to keep her creative side active and loved to have side projects to work on to keep herself going. This quickly led to…

Ron Frelix (M.B.A. ’12): MBA to YMCA

By Dennis Graham on July 17, 2018

When Ron Frelix (M.B.A. ’12) graduated from Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies program with a Master of Business Administration in 2012, his plan was to find a job that combined his passion for health and wellness with his new degree. He did just that when he earned an entry-level position with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. From there, he worked his way up to become the community…

Tony Paladino (B.S. ’08): Stewarding Creation in Yosemite National Park

By Jordan Grooters on July 13, 2018

When Tony Paladino (B.S. ’08) first visited Cornerstone University, he knew it was a place he would call home.

"I remember visiting Cornerstone for the first time and being overwhelmed by the amount of compassion that they had for me, feeling so encouraged about what my life could look like as a student," Tony said.

As a student with some learning challenges, the learning resource center helped Tony…

Kevin Cumings (B.A. ’87, M.Div. ’91): In the Business of Wellness

By Dennis Graham on July 10, 2018

Kevin Cumings (B.A. ’87, M.Div. ’91) has always been a people person. Fascinated by the study of human behavior and relationships, he chose to study psychology as his undergraduate major. After graduation, he continued on to receive his M.Div. in Theology, a degree that helped him grow a deeper understanding of God and His interaction with the world and humankind.

It was at Grand Rapids Theological…

The Clums: It's a Family Thing

By Dennis Graham on June 29, 2018

Jerry Clum first visited Cornerstone University, which he knew as Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College, in the 1960s when his grandfather would let him tag along to evening classes. Jerry's grandfather, Victor Clum, attended Wealthy Street Baptist College when it was just a Bible institute with a few classrooms in downtown Grand Rapids.

"I know he attended classes there and was instrumental in getting…

From the Alumni Relations Office: Alumni Journal 2018

By Dennis Graham on June 25, 2018

As my first year of service at Cornerstone University draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect on how appreciative I am for the opportunity to serve the great alumni of this institution. I'm thankful for those who have served in this role before me, as they have laid a wonderful foundation for me as I continue to take the Cornerstone Alumni Association in new and exciting directions and build upon…

CU Alumna Brenna Threatt to Return to South Africa

By Brenna Threatt on June 20, 2018

My mom attended Cornerstone University, and I had no intention of following in her footsteps. God had other plans, though, which has seemed to become a theme in my life. I am so thankful for my time at Cornerstone and all the growth that happened academically, socially and spiritually. I left Cornerstone a better person than I came in as, and God used that time to prepare me for what He had in store…

His Persistent Faithfulness

By Dennis Graham on June 7, 2018

Maggie Dryer (B.A. ’18), in a baccalaureate service for traditional undergraduate seniors and their families, reminded this year's graduates of God's persistent faithfulness. Continue reading for a transcript of the speech she gave on Friday, May 4, 2018.

CU Alumna To Give Back To the Community Through an Upscale Thrift Store

By Jordan Grooters on May 23, 2018

Throughout her life, Cornerstone University alumna Lauren Manzer (B.A. ’16) usually got dressed in the morning with a little help from her sister's closet. "She's a shopper and always has the latest and greatest," says Manzer. "I'm known for not spending my money and being an outfit repeater. Of course, when she catches me wearing her clothes…it's not her favorite. A few years ago, out of spite of…

Finding Faith After College

By Audrey Wierenga on May 17, 2018

Reality hits kind of hard after college. Suddenly classes are over and you jump into a job or job seeking. Your whole identity changes from student to employee. You might move to an entirely new town or move back in with your parents. However it goes, it's a transition. And it's easy to feel lost during a transition. You can sort of have an identity crisis.

Seeing You

By Baylin Riva on April 26, 2018

Sometimes when one is in the midst of a struggle it is difficult to see how God is working to make good come from even the darkest of times. It has taken me years to understand why I was the one who struggled the most with body image and self-esteem issues in my teenage years (and still now) compared to the rest of my peers. However, it was on Feb. 22, 2018, that I finally grasped how God was using…

A Note from the Alumni Director

By Dennis Graham on January 17, 2018

Greetings from the Alumni Association! On April 18, 2017, I officially assumed the role of Director of Alumni Relations at Cornerstone University. As a two-time graduate of Cornerstone, I feel blessed to return to the place that deeply and eternally influenced my life.