Meet our Elders!

Dennis Ellis, or Jeep as he would prefer to be called, lives on a horse farm in Bardstown.  Jeep is a retired school principal and college educator.  He holds certificates in counseling and hypnotherapy as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree and Rank 1 in School Administration from Xavier University.  Jeep spent 6 years in the Army Reserves.  He showed his first horse at 3 years old. He has followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by raising Appaloosas.  His horses now reside in Italy, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada and more than half of the fifty states.   Jeep participated in mounted shooting and qualified for the National Cowboy Mounted Shooting Championship in Texas.  He still enjoys guns and shoots; but not on the back of a running horse.  Jeep holds a Brown Belt, second degree in Karate. He also likes to throw axes.  Jeep has 5 living children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.  He is joined in God’s mission by his wife of many years, Linda Ellis.

Tim King: As a proud grandfather of five, all under the age of 13, I recognize the arduous task the young parents of our congregation are facing and I pray for God's protection against Satan's attacks on our God-fearing families. I encourage our parents to fully utilize the youth programs Cornerstone provides for Biblical learning, character building, and Christian relationships. I encourage the young adults to join any one of several adult Bible studies that are available on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and on Wednesday night. We must know God's word to live a Godly life and when we study together, we grow together, creating tight bonds of friendship and brotherhood that Satan cannot break. "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Jeremy Hardin: I want the congregation to know I am always available if someone needs to talk or needs prayers. My encouragement would be that God is always working and when we stop and think about and look for what he is doing for us each day, it will help to build that relationship even deeper with him. In my opinion, relationships with believers is the most important aspect of corporate worship. Sure we can all sit home and watch church or read our Bible, but having relationships with other believers is key to getting through hard times. We can also be an encouragement to others when we share our praises or story with others. I have learned that no matter what you are facing someone else has either been there and done that or are facing the same things. Knowing we are not alone is reassuring.

Billy grew up in Marion County where he continues to reside. He and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Hope and Hannah. Billy enjoys teaching Bible study on Sunday morning because it is important for people to have a good foundation in Christ. A solid Biblical foundation enables us to go to scripture in all times and know that God is always there for us no matter the situation. He also feels that it is important to have a church family, so we don’t have to go through struggles alone. Having an extended family encourages us to share our stories and seek guidance without fear of judgment. Billy encourages church members to be more involved within the congregation and to develop lasting relationships among believers. Having a sense of connection and belonging is extremely important. He wants the congregation to know that he is always available if someone needs prayer or just needs to talk.

Richie Chesser is married to Laura Chesser and together they have 5 children. He has lived in Washington County his whole life. He believes that having a personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the most important thing you can do in your life. As an elder, his job is to bring people to know Christ and make disciple and to shepherd the people of Cornerstone Christian Church. He wants you to reach out and contact him if you ever have any needs or issues that you need to discuss. A Christian family is one of the best things you can be a part of. "May God bless you as He has Blessed me."