Gerald Longjohn

Vice President of Student Development, Title IX Coordinator; Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership

Faculty Positions:

Adult & Graduate Studies - Business

Staff Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Student Development

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Phone: 616-222-1423

Fax: 616-222-1529


Dr. Gerald Longjohn has served at Cornerstone University since 2008. As the vice president for Student Development, he oversees community life, student activities, career and health services, Global Opportunities (GO) trips, chapel and discipleship programs. He collaborates with faculty and staff to maintain a student-focused, spiritually contagious learning community where Jesus Christ is central. He also teaches courses in organizational leadership and ministry leadership for Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies.

Previously, Dr. Longjohn worked in Student Development at Judson University in Elgin, Ill., as the international and intercultural adviser. Prior to his experience in higher education, he spent 10 years as a youth pastor, at First Baptist Church of Downers Grove, Ill., and The United Christian Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. While in Dubai, he also served on the council for the Dubai Evangelical Church Centre, a multi-user facility for over 12 international congregations, and developed a youth conference for students from all across the Arabian Peninsula.

In the church and college contexts in which he has served, Dr. Longjohn has enjoyed countless opportunities to preach, teach, mentor and lead missions trips to help equip students to passionately follow Jesus through their callings and careers.

"I love CU's mission of equipping men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ. Teaching at Cornerstone allows me to not only contribute to that mission by helping equip others, but I find that the learning process also better equips me in what God has called me to. Students sharpen and shape my perspectives, as well!"

Licenses, Memberships and Recognitions


  • Ed.D., Ethical Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University (2013)
  • M.A., Christian Education, Trinity International University (2000)
  • B.A., Bible and Theology, Moody Bible Institute (1994)


—Time with family


—Student spiritual formation
—Organizational culture
—Employee engagement/thriving
—Leadership effectiveness