leadership + staff


Phillip Woods

Senior Pastor, Teaching Elder

Bill Martin

Ruling Elder

David Holmes

Ruling Elder

Tony Bradburn


Randall Marks


George Scheppegrell


Jerry Ripo



Isabelle Blanch

Youth Assistant
Isabelle is our part-time youth assistant. She has a passion for discipling youth that has previously led her to be a middle school teacher. It has now brought her here to be a part of the youth program at Cornerstone. Isabelle is delighted to be partnering with our parents in equipping the next generation of the church for God's family.

Chelsey Desmond

Nursery Coordinator
Chelsey was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She was moving multiple times a year for 10 years, unable to pursue her calling to lead the nursery. God has since opened the door for her to be the Nursery Coordinator and she could not be more thrilled! She is now enjoying residing in one familiar place, doing what she loves and raising her five children with her husband, Ian. If she’s not with her family, you will find her bringing people together through gardening or exercise!

Phillip Lawrence

Children's Director
Phillip Lawrence with his wife Stephanie, and daughters Emorie and Reaghan joined Cornerstone in 2019. Phillip enjoys sharing the gospel with kids and has been the Children’s Ministry Director here at Cornerstone since 2020. Phillip also works at the SRQ airport as an air traffic controller, and enjoys waking up early to go running with friends, listening to audio books, and watching sports.

Bill Martin

Director of Spiritual Formation
Bill Martin has been with Cornerstone since 1995, serving as an elder, leading worship and teaching adults. Bill’s passion is to see Christian adults deepen and broaden their understanding of faith and the Christian life. He has taught courses and led seminars in Bible, theology, philosophy and contemporary issues. In 2002, Bill graduated with an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary. His full-time job is hosting “The Morning Cruise” on The JOY FM. Bill is married to Kimberly, and they have 5 children: Will, Madison, Adam, Grady and Payton and 1 granddaughter, Addie. 

Grady Martin

Youth Director
Grady graduated from Sarasota Christian School in 2018, and got his A.A. from State College of Florida.  He has been volunteering in youth ministries since he was 15 years old and has been working as the part-time youth director since February of 2021. Grady is really excited to be given the opportunity to hangout with students and pour into their lives with the truths of the gospel.  

Hilary Nelson

Executive Administrator
Hilary is from the beautiful, and rainy city of Seattle, WA. Along with overseeing the functionality of Cornerstone for the last 8 years, she has parlayed her 7 years experience of interior design work into helping redesign Cornerstone's interior spaces.  Hilary is married to Erik, who teaches AP World History at Braden River High School.  
They have two kids, Blake (13), Jemma (8)

Katelyn Pisa

Admin Assistant
Katelyn, her husband Josh, and three children have been a part of our Cornerstone family since 2019. When her youngest started school, it provided an opportunity to be part of the church in a new way. She became Administrative Assistant in 2021 and has regretted it ever since. When she isn't cracking jokes, she's cracking eggs. She loves cooking, baking, fitness, and a beautiful sunset.

Danny Posthuma

Worship Director
Danny comes to us from Orange County, CA, where he spent his whole life until uprooting with his family and moving to LWR in 2022. Danny and his wife Nathalie have been married since 2011 and have been blessed, challenged, and sanctified through having 3 wonderful boys.
Danny has been serving on worship teams for 20 years, filling the roles of guitarist, worship leader, and music director.  He recently graduated from Knox Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and he is very grateful to be using that education for the glory of God at Cornerstone. 

Taylor White

Community Connections
Taylor is the Director of Community Connections who oversees our Fellowship Groups and community events. He and his wife Katie are Sarasota locals who love to be a part of what God is doing at Cornerstone. Taylor enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, and hanging out with his dogs. 

Becca Woods

Women's Coordinator
Becca is from St. Louis, Missouri and moved here to Florida 9 years ago.    Becca serves as our Women’s Ministry Coordinator.  She has a heart to see the Women of Cornerstone grow in their faith and put that faith into action as they move out into the world.  Becca loves getting to know women in our community and enjoys a good conversation over a cup of coffee or red wine, depending on the time of day.    She is currently pursuing her Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological School in Orlando.   The best part of her day is being with her husband Phil and their four kids Kennedy, Cash, Shiloh, and Dempsey.

Phillip Woods

Senior Pastor
Philip is married to Becca, and they have four children: Kennedy Jane, Cash, Shiloh and Dempsey. Phil enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is grateful to have just celebrated his 10th anniversary as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone.